Nebraska lawmakers aren't expected to debate whether the death penalty should be repealed this year.
Today, a legislative committee advanced a bill (LB306) that would repeal the death penalty.
But because the bill has not been prioritized, it is not expected to be considered by the full Legislature.
The Legislature will debate whether to change the state's means of execution to lethal injection.
The same legislative committee advanced a lethal-injection bill (LB36) today.
Nebraska has been without a means of carrying out death sentences since the state Supreme Court ruled that use of the electric chair was unconstitutional.
The high court found that death by the electric chair amounted to cruel and unusual punishment.