State Sen. Bill Kintner, who’s ensnared in a cybersex scandal, was given another opportunity to resign before the Legislature’s executive board determines possible action against him. Monday, the committee voted unanimously to send Kintner a letter from its 10 members urging him to resign by Friday, or other action would be considered.
Legislative Resolution 414 was one of three resolutions given a 30-minute time limit on Wednesday’s agenda. With senators still waiting to speak about free lunches at the 30-minute mark, the next resolution was taken up without a vote on the Chambers’ proposal.
State lawmakers gave initial approval Monday to a proposal that backers say would take the partisanship out of the redistricting process and set a new nationwide “gold standard.”
While the proposal would have repealed the state’s motorcycle helmet requirement for riders 21 and older, it also would have set up a “brain injury trust fund” that, among other things, would cover the costs of a newly created board to distribute the funds.
But supporters argued that the state’s 97,300 licensed motorcyclists should have the choice to wear a helmet and that Nebraska loses out on tourism dollars from riders who bypass the state because of the current law.
A measure that would ask Nebraskans to lower the minimum age for public officeholders to 18 has advanced, despite concerns about the measure’s constitutionality and whether young people are ready to serve.
The key difference: Bellevue State Sen. Sue Crawford’s measure would allow the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission to check the year-end balances of campaign committees against bank records. Her bill stalled in committee last year.
Students would have to correctly answer at least 70 percent of the questions before they could graduate.
Currently, lawmakers who want to recite the pledge do so once a week, before the Legislature officially starts its workday. State Sen. Dave Bloomfield of Hoskins wanted to recite the pledge daily and have it listed on the Legislature’s agenda.
Ardel Bengtson, 67, of South Sioux City, will seek the 17th District seat now held by State Sen. Dave Bloomfield of Hoskins.
Speakers praise the town's "new life," and residents raise a new flag as a symbol of resilience.
Supporters of capital punishment vent fury after a filibuster fails, while Sen. Ernie Chambers calls the vote "one of historical importance."
The solution to lowering property taxes, state senators say, is additional state support for education, which would likely mean shifting the load onto state sales or income taxes. Meanwhile, a bill allowing a tax break for zoos advances.
An attempt to repeal Nebraska's black-tailed prairie dog law has hit a roadblock that will likely kill it for the year.
Having local zoning boards use a scorecard to evaluate facilities would be made optional
Backers of Legislative Bill 31, which would have allowed adult motorcyclists to ride without helmets, failed to reach the 33 votes necessary to cut off debate after eight hours of discussions, effectively killing the bill for this year.
Nebraska lawmakers started what promises to be a long, winding debate Thursday over repealing the state’s helmet law.
A sharp decline in the number of Nebraska dairy farms while neighboring states prosper is driven by inconsistent local zoning regulations, some county officials say, and a measure moving through the Legislature aims to rectify the issue with a mandatory set of standards.
The Transportation and Telecommunications Committee voted 6-2 Thursday to advance a bill that would repeal the motorcycle helmet law. A similar bill died during first-round debate last year.
LINCOLN-A bill to raise the price of a marriage license prompted more debate Thursday in the Nebraska Legislature.
While lawmakers previously agreed to raise the price to $25 instead of $50, on Thursday they debated the proposed increase in the cost of a certified copy.
Sen. Dave Bloomfield of Hoskins said he wants to take up the bill again next year, which will give the U.S. Supreme Court time to rule on the constitutionality of state bans on gay marriage.