Senator Scott Lautenbaugh, the bill’s sponsor, pulled the measure Tuesday night after other lawmakers threatened to filibuster it. Lautenbaugh’s legislation originally called for reducing the board to five members. It was amended to seven. The bill has been sent back to the Unicameral's Government, Military, and Veterans' Affairs Committee.
The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule by the end of June on President Obama’s health care overhaul law.
Justices heard three days of arguments from the U.S. Solicitor General and from Attorneys General who sued to have the health care law thrown out. 26 states, including Nebraska, are part of the lawsuit.
An amended version of Governor Dave Heineman’s tax cut plan is awaiting second-round debate in the Unicameral.
The tax cut plan passed the first round of debate earlier this week. Governor Dave Heineman originally called for $327 million dollars worth of tax cuts over three years. In addition to income taxes, the plan would’ve cut corporate income taxes and ended the state’s inheritance tax.
Senator Lavon Heidemann, chairman of the Legislature’s Appropriations Committee, says the amended plan is now $97.2 million. The inheritance tax remains part of state law.
Voters in Nebraska’s Second Congressional District have opportunities Thursday and Friday to hear from the candidates.
The Sierra Club of Nebraska is sponsoring a candidate forum Thursday at First United Methodist Church in Omaha. The forum will focus on environmental issues and public transportation. Democratic candidates Gwen Howard and John Ewing, and Republican candidates Jack Heidel and Glenn Freeman, will participate in tonight’s forum.
The Nebraska Republican Party is challenging Democratic Senate candidate Bob Kerrey’s candidacy in court.
GOP officials filed the lawsuit Tuesday afternoon in Lancaster County District Court. It’s in response to Secretary of State John Gale’s ruling last Friday that Kerrey can remain on the ballot. Kerrey registered to vote February 28th in Douglas County, and declared his candidacy the next day.
Nebraska Republican Party chairman Mark Fahleson says they want an expedited review of Gale’s ruling, and Kerrey’s name removed from the ballot.
Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle has signed an ordinance banning discrimination in all public places on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Mayor Suttle signed the ordinance Thursday at City Hall. The city council narrowly approved it Tuesday on a 4-3 vote. It bans discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals in the workplace and all public places.
The state of Nebraska has mandatory education laws in place until a student reaches the age of 18.
An exception to the current law allows students to withdraw from school with a notarized statement from their parents. LB 996, a bill sponsored by Senator John Wightman, seeks to eliminate that exception.
He says even with a notarized statement, a student would not be able to be withdrawn from school by a parent or legal guardian. There now would have to be an exit interview between the parent, the child and the principal.
The U.S. Senate has passed a two-year, $109 billion transportation bill.
The measure is awaiting a vote in the U.S. House. Democratic U.S. Senator Ben Nelson says if it’s signed in to law, Nebraska will receive about $300 million over the next two years."What it will be is money that will go to the state highway department, the Department of Roads, and the highway commission on the priorities that have been established in Nebraska."