Nebraska Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty join conservative leaders from across Nebraska at the State Capitol on Wednesday to call for support of LB-268, which would repeal the state's death penalty statute and replace it with life without the possibility of parole.
"Capital punishment is at odds with our core conservative values," said Sen. Colby Coash of Lincoln, one of the leaders of the group. "As conservatives, we are committed to fiscal responsibility, limited government, and valuing life, and the death penalty goes against every one of them."
It explains why so many republicans are co-sponsors of the bill and why the Nebraska Legislature Judiciary Committee recently voted unanimously in favor of the repeal legislation.
"The death penalty is a costly government program that we don't use and that does nothing to make us safer," said Bryan Baumgart, former chairman of the Douglas County Republican Party. "It's inefficient and ineffective, which is why many conservatives want it repealed."
According to Matt Maly, state coordinator of Nebraska Conservatives Concerned about the Death Penalty, "Nebraska's conservative lawmakers are in good company - across the country conservative values have been a driving force to end the death penalty."
In addition to Nebraska, GOP lawmakers in Kansas, Kentucky, Wyoming, Montana, and Missouri sponsored bills in 2015 to repeal the death penalty. The national coordinator for Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty will be at the news conference to discuss how Nebraska fits into this national trend of conservatives rethinking capital punishment.