Nebraska lawmakers wrapped up a special session Thursday by approving new congressional, legislative and other political district boundaries, and Gov. Pete Ricketts immediately signed the package.
Rep. Don Bacon will continue residing in the congressional district he represents under redrawn maps advanced by the Nebraska Legislature on Friday.
Days of intense negotiating paid off Friday with Nebraska lawmakers advancing compromise plans for congressional and legislative districts.
With a Saturday deadline looming, Nebraska lawmakers continued their quest to reach agreement on redrawing congressional and legislative districts.
A motion to end the filibuster failed on a 27-18 vote, six votes short of what was required, sending lawmakers back to negotiate further on how to reconfigure the state's legislative districts.
LINCOLN — A legislative redistricting plan crafted by Republicans failed to overcome a filibuster in the Nebraska Legislature on Monday, sendi…
"As an Omahan, I would love to have two members in Congress," Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts said.
The need to diversify the state's teaching workforce is clear, Sen. Lynne Walz of Fremont, who chairs the committee, said.
Nebraska lawmakers headed back to the negotiating tables Friday after Republicans failed to break a filibuster against their congressional redistricting plan.
Lawmakers on the Nebraska Legislature's Redistricting Committee voted along party lines to advance a congressional district map that splits Douglas County.
Rep. Don Bacon’s new home would remain inside the district under the Republican redistricting proposal. But under the plan put forward by Democrats, Bacon’s new home would fall into District 1.
A Democratic senator warned Republican colleagues that a strategy to apply the allowable 10% deviation in population of new legislative districts as a way to "increase rural strength" would invite a court test.
A Pulse writer opposes a proposal to move Cass County into the 3rd Congressional District.
The Legislature's Redistricting Committee introduced competing Republican and Democratic versions of the redistricting plans but will have to settle on one to advance to the full Legislature.
Both political parties have their own proposals for redrawing legislative and congressional district boundaries. Lawmakers are taking sides largely based on party affiliation.
Gov. Heineman took issue with the plan because it would move Saunders County from its historic home in the 1st Congressional District and make it part of the Omaha-dominated 2nd District.
The Legislature's Redistricting Committee decided to put out two redistricting plans for public comment, meaning Nebraskans will have a chance to weigh in on the merits and problems of each at public hearings set for next week.
The Omaha metro area will gain a legislative district at the expense of more rural parts of the state, no matter whether Republicans or Democrats draw the new district maps.
The map would divide Douglas County, all of which currently sits in the state's 2nd Congressional District. The district became known as Nebraska's "blue dot" after Joe Biden's electoral victory there.
Amid the spirited debate, we highlight some key observations for government officials and the public to keep in mind.
State Sen. Lou Ann Linehan said the release date will give people time to study the plan before the public hearings and before lawmakers convene Sept. 13 to start a special session on redistricting.
Lawmakers on Monday will begin redrawing Nebraska's political boundaries, an often partisan and contentious process. They're working on an abbreviated timeline due to delays in receiving census data.
Speaker Mike Hilgers asked his colleagues to be available from Sept. 13 through Sept. 30.
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