Nebraska legislature overrides veto, repeals death penalty

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Posted: May 27, 2015 5:22 PM

(Reuters) - Nebraska lawmakers on Wednesday repealed the state's death penalty law, voting by the narrowest of margins to override a veto by Republican Governor Pete Ricketts and join 18 other states that do not impose capital punishment.

The state's unicameral legislature voted 30-19 to abolish the death penalty, the exact number of votes needed to override the governor's veto, and to replace capital punishment with a term of life without parole.

(Reporting by David Bailey in Minneapolis; Editing by Sandra Maler)