Push to end death penalty in Nebraska probably will fall short

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Posted: Monday, May 13, 2013 12:00 am

LINCOLN — The Nebraska Legislature has shifted on the death penalty, but perhaps not far enough to end capital punishment this year.

A test vote during floor debate Monday suggested that Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha may have 26 votes, one more than necessary, to pass his bill repealing the death penalty. But he will need 33 votes to end a filibuster by those who want to keep capital punishment on the books.

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