In the face of botched executions, a shortage of lethal injection drugs and decades-long appeal times (Nebraska hasn’t executed someone on death row in 20 years), lawmakers like state Sen. Colby Coash say keeping people on death row is a classic case of big, ineffective government.
“Its something that’s been on the books. It’s not being implemented. It is costing our state money,” Coash told Robin Young of Here & Now. “So we’re approaching this from a good-government perspective and saying, ‘Look, this is a program that’s not working. We should just get rid of it.'”