Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha, who fought for years to abolish the death penalty in Nebraska is trying again, introducing a repeal measure on Wednesday, the final day for lawmakers to submit bills.
Chambers is an outspoken death-penalty opponent who has repeatedly tried to repeal the practice. He returned to the Legislature after a four-year hiatus imposed by term limits.
His measure would replace the death penalty with a sentence of life without the possibility of parole. In the bill, Chambers rails against the death penalty as a failure that has harmed the state's reputation for fairness, decency and the dignity of human life.
The bill is co-sponsored by Sen. Colby Coash of Lincoln.