State Legislature Stories
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    Final day of legislative session underway

    This morning, state lawmakers were called to order for the last time this legislative session. With just hours left in the 60 day session, it won't be an easy road ahead.On the agenda for final reading ...

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    Autism bill passes, awaits Governor's signature

    The very first measure up for vote today, the bill that would provide insurance coverage for families dealing with autism. After continuous work and pressure by the families affected, state lawmakers passed ...

  • Water Preservation in Nebraska

    Water is one of Nebraska's most important natural resources. Today Governor Heineman signed the water sustainability bill into law. LB 1098 was introduced by Holdrege state senator Tom Carlson. The ...

  • Governor Heineman reflects on this year's legislative session

    59 days down and one more to go. Nebraska Lawmakers will wrap up this year's Legislative session on Thursday.The Governor and Lawmakers haven't exactly been on the same page this session. But, ...

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    In-state tuition for veterans in Nebraska now law

    Veterans will now receive in-state tuition rates under a bill passed by the Legislature that was signed into law. Under LB 740, introduced by Bellevue Senator Sue Crawford, veterans who have separated ...

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    Prison reform, HRC bills on the way to Governor's desk

    The unicameral floor flies through final readings of bill after bill this morning, among them, prison reform. This morning with a 46 to 0 vote, state senators passed LB 907, a key bill in Omaha Senator ...

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    Nurse practitioner bill advances to final reading

    A bill advanced today that would allow for more independence for the state's nurse practitioners. LB 671, sponsored by Bellevue Senator Sue Crawford, would allow nurse practitioners to work with a physician ...

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    LB 390 gun bill on to final reading

    Another bill passed in second reading this morning, one that will let Nebraskans keep their guns in the event of an emergency. Imperial Senator Mark Christensen introduced LB 390 last session in response ...

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    Autism bill advances in legislature

    This morning the legislature got off to a productive start, passing several bills. Among them -- a bill that would require insurance coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism. Lincoln Senator ...

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    Second round of prison reform debate

    LB 907 advances to final reading...

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    Regional Center bill up for second round approval today

    A bill that could mean more jobs in the Hastings area is up for a vote this morning. To help ease overcrowding in the state's prisons, Hastings Senator Les Seiler proposed upgrading buildings at the Hastings ...

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    LGBT job discrimination bill filibustered

    Failure by filibuster... A legislative bill that would have banned job discrimination against gay, lesbian and transgender residents did not have enough support to advance yesterday in the Unicameral. ...

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    Another attempt at mountain lion hunting ban fails

    Lawmakers in Lincoln stayed in session right up to the midnight cutoff last night. And as the hour grew late, State Senator Ernie Chambers made yet another attempt to protect Nebraska mountain lions. The ...

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    Historic horse racing now up to voters

    The historic horse racing bill is galloping out of the gates. The issue has passed the legislature and will now be on the November ballot. Lawmakers approved the amendment by a 30 to 17 vote. It needed ...

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    Horse racing bill gets a second chance

    Today state lawmakers will be asked to reconsider giving final approval to the proposal that would put historic horse racing on the next ballot. The constitutional amendment's sponsor, Omaha Senator Scott ...

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    Final approval of e-cigs bill scheduled for today

    Nebraska minors could soon be banned from buying e-cigarettes. Today state lawmakers are scheduled to give final approval to State Senator Russ Karpisek's bill. The bill would restrict the sale and use ...

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    Ag equipment sales tax exemption signed into law

    While some state officials may say there are more fields to plow when it comes to tax cuts, there's good news for the ag industry. LB 96 was signed into law today...It exempts repair or replacement parts ...

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    Veto override fails for mountain lion bill

    Today the legislature challenged the Governor yet again... but State Senators decided to side with Governor Heineman, This morning the unicameral floor debated overriding the Governor's veto on banning ...

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    Senator Gloor's Vets Home Bill fails

    The bill initially designed to save the Grand Island Veterans Home has died in the legislature. Grand Island Senator Mike Gloor's Priority Bill failed in the first round of debate yesterday with a 13 to ...

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    Lawmakers debate Governor's line item veto

    This morning state lawmakers are busy debating whether or not to overturn the Governor's recent line item veto. This weekend the Governor vetoed 65 million dollars in state budget line items. Among the ...

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    Nebraska Legislature overrides Governor's vetoes

    There's a back and forth battle going on in the Nebraska Legislature. Today, lawmakers used their power to override Governor Heinemann's veto. They voted to restore 61 million dollars of the Governor's ...

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    Heineman vetoes mountain lion hunting ban

    Governor Heineman this morning vetoed LB 671, a bill that would outlaw cougar and mountain lion hunting in the state. The bill was introduced by Senator Ernie Chambers. LB 671 would have repealed legislation ...

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    State income tax bill passes

    Despite our low cost of living, Nebraska has repeatedly been named one of the worst states for retirement. But today the legislature may have made a little bit of an improvement. With a 44 to 0 vote, the ...

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    Nebraska Homestead Exemption expanded

    Today state lawmakers passed LB 986, a bill that would make most Nebraska retirees eligible for property tax relief. The Revenue Committee's bill passed 43 to 0. It would change the Nebraska Homestead ...

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    Child care subsidy eligibility gets an adjustment

    The productive morning on the unicameral floor continued with the passage of a bill targeted at helping hard working parents. Senator Tanya Cook's bill passed with a 44 to 0 vote. LB 959 would disregard ...

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