- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A Republican legislator from Nebraska says North Carolina GOP lawmakers should consider abolishing the death penalty because the process is financially inefficient, subject to errors and does not give closure to victims’ families.

Nebraska Sen. Colby Coash visited the Legislative Building on Tuesday to talk about his experiences leading efforts this year to repeal capital punishment in his state. The group North Carolina Conservatives Concerned about the Death Penalty brought in Coash for Raleigh, Greensboro and Charlotte appearances.

Nebraska became the first traditionally conservative state to eliminate the punishment since 1973 when its legislature overrode the veto of Gov. Pete Ricketts.

Republican Rep. Jon Hardister of Greensboro also opposes the death penalty. Hardister says he hopes Coash’s visit will start discussions with fellow GOP lawmakers about repeal legislation.

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