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Nebraska becomes 19th state to abolish the death penalty

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LINCOLN, Neb. (NBC News) – On Wednesday, Nebraska became the first conservative state in more than 40 years to abolish the death penalty.

Earlier this year, lawmakers attempted to repeal the state’s capital punishment law, which would abolish the death penalty.

However, Gov. Pete Ricketts vetoed the legislation on Tuesday.

Lawmakers then scheduled an override vote, which would require 30 votes to abolish capital punishment.

On Wednesday, lawmakers voted 30-19 to override the governor’s veto, making it the 19th state to abolish capital punishment.

There are currently 10 inmates on Nebraska’s death row, but the state has not executed anyone since 1997.

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