State Sens. Burke Harr of Omaha and Tom Brewer of Gordon presented their proposal Wednesday to replace statues of Morton and Bryan with those of two other prominent Nebraskans: Willa Cather, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “My Ántonia” and “O Pioneers,” and Standing Bear, the Ponca chief whose stirring appearance in federal court led to legal recognition of Indians as human beings.

Douglas and Lancaster County officials say they need the phone call revenue for programs designed to help inmates successfully re-enter society when they get out of jail. Douglas County Board Chair Chris Rodgers said losing the phone call revenue would mean the county might have to cut programs.

Legislative Bill 1052, introduced by State Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks of Lincoln, would require that every student identified with dyslexia be provided reading and writing instruction using an evidence-based approach backed by dyslexia experts. 

A parade of officials from Nebraska’s cities and counties, including the City of Omaha, opposed a measure that would shift about $5 million a year in local keno proceeds to a state property tax credit fund. And anti-gambling forces assailed a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow the Legislature to legalize casinos and other forms of gambling, with the proceeds also going to lower property tax bills.

Sen. Kate Bolz of Lincoln, who introduced a resolution to create the special committee, said the numerous governmental and private organizations that review the work of HHS don't have the power to control the laws or budgets that affect HHS. That authority rests solely with state lawmakers.

State Sen. Anna Wishart of Lincoln released the survey ahead of the Judiciary Committee's public hearing Thursday on her resolution to allow voters to decide whether the state should legalize marijuana as medicine. If lawmakers pass Legislative Resolution 293CA this session, a medical cannabis constitutional amendment would appear on the general election ballot in November.