The state of Nebraska is unusual in a number of ways. One of them is that it is has a unicameral legislature. Another is that, while it is quite conservative in many ways, mostly it has a “just leave us alone” attitude rather than a purely ideological conservatism.
On May 20 of this year, the legislature voted 32 to 15 to abolish capital punishment. Six days later, the governor vetoed it. And the next day the legislature voted 32 to 19 to successfully override the governor. This makes Nebraska the nineteenth state to abolish capital punishment.
Given the number of people on death row around the country who have been exonerated through DNA evidence or other means, this sends a powerful message to the rest of the country. Good on you, Cornhuskers.