The Nebraska Supreme Court ruled Friday that the Nebraska Public Power District must open its books and disclose specific cost information, including the expense of generating electricity from its individual power plants.
Legislative Bill 757, introduced by State Sen. Adam Morfeld of Lincoln, passed on a 46-0 vote.
The committee recommended keeping the first-year cut at 2 percent and lowering the cuts to 1 percent in 2018-19.
In the aftermath of yet another mass school shooting, there are deep divisions — from President Donald Trump to educators, parents and school security officers — about whether teachers should be armed.
A past bar association president, a retired government employee, a nurse practitioner and a man who once flew an American flag upside down as a sign of distress over Donald Trump’s election as president are among the recently announced candidates for the Nebraska Legislature.
A political watchdog group and the state’s sunshine commission asked state lawmakers Thursday to stop politicians from transferring money donated to them to other candidates.
Difficult issues often produce stalemates at Nebraska’s State Capitol. That’s been the case for years in the long-running debate over tax-increment financing, a much-used but also much-criticized economic incentive.
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.
“It is our duty to protect all Nebraskans, and we are failing,” she said. “We need to do something, to take some action.”
A bill debated Wednesday in the Nebraska Legislature seeks to cap the fees at the federal rate of 25 cents per minute for collect calls and 21 cents per minute for calls made on a debit account.
The future of three major tax proposals appeared doubtful Tuesday, following discussions by the Legislature's Revenue Committee.
Sen. Anna Wishart of Lincoln said Legislative Bill 893 is intended to cut down on financial support for large-scale breeding facilities where profit is given priority over the well-being of the animals.
Voter identification and school choice emerged Tuesday as two highly charged topics for floor debate in the second half of the Nebraska Legislature this year, but major tax policy proposals remain stalled in committee.
Law enforcement officers across Nebraska need help as they attempt to handle a growing number of mental-health-related calls. State Sen. Mike McDonnell tried to provide some backup with Legislative Bill 954.
The Yes to Property Tax Relief drive must collect nearly 85,000 valid signatures from registered voters by July 5 to get the proposal on the November ballot.
The ruling affected about $2 million a year in sales taxes paid by the Omaha-based firm.
Under the proposal, student journalists would have the right to exercise freedom of speech and of the press in “school-sponsored media” and their teacher advisers would not face disciplinary action.
A bill introduced by State Sen. Carol Blood of Bellevue would allow counties to enforce municipal “nuisance” ordinances in areas that lie within a city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction.
The behavior that led to the resignation of State Sen. Bill Kintner of Papillion last year is one of several incidents in which individual lawmakers have embarrassed the Nebraska Legislature.
At issue is whether the NU system, and public higher education across the state, should take a cut in state money during an economic downturn. Gov. Pete Ricketts says it must. The NU system says it’s the spark that can help the state get over the slump.
For most lawmakers — and members of the public — the biggest hurdle is wrapping their minds around the unfamiliar concepts.
The Nebraska Legislature is expected to have a debate on tax policy this session, but at present it appears as if the debate will focus on piecemeal proposals that merely tweak current policy or focus in an unbalanced way on property taxes alone.
Several state lawmakers say they plan to meld two pieces of pending legislation with the goal of making it harder to hide harassment and other workplace misconduct at the patrol.
Debate within the committee turned decidedly uncivil leading up to the vote on LB 1069, and Sen. Adam Morfeld of Lincoln predicted more of the same if the bill goes before the full Legislature.
Gov. Pete Ricketts, as well as the State Legislature's top budget staffer and the state tax commissioner, all urged caution in looking at the 11 percent uptick in receipts, saying it could reflect a reaction to federal budget reforms enacted in December rather than a fiscal recovery.
Senators ceased debate on the bill Thursday without voting on it.
Kuehn's move inspired an immediate press release from the Nebraska Democratic Party citing "rumors" that the state senator from Heartwell, Nebraska, would be Ricketts' running mate.
The University of Nebraska system made a full-fledged, many-speaker argument Wednesday for solid state support before the Legislature’s Appropriations Committee.
Sen. Kate Bolz said the intent of the bill is to give a tenant who is a victim of a crime the opportunity to work with a landlord and develop an agreement for leaving.
A bill that would also give that authority to behavioral health professionals generated strong support and opposition Wednesday during a public hearing in the Legislature.
Omaha Public Schools officials say the district could come out better financially — and make the pension plan healthier — by issuing between $219 million and $252 million worth of bonds.
About 115 students are majoring, pursuing graduate degrees or getting teaching certificates in programs proposed for eventual closure at UNL, the university said Tuesday. That doesn’t include cuts and trims being proposed at UNMC, UNO and UNK. And the cuts only begin to address the NU system’s budget problems.
Turnover problems persist within the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services, leaving lawmakers wondering what can be done.
The long-term health of the Omaha Public Schools’ pension plan is on shaky ground, and two state senators have introduced different pieces of legislation designed to put the system on firmer financial footing.
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.
“Today we start a new journey, a journey to unite all Nebraskans,” the Republican-turned-nonpartisan-turned Democrat said Tuesday.
Nebraska’s future depends in far-ranging ways on the University of Nebraska. NU, currently with 52,000 students, plays a vital role in workforce development and long-term economic vitality, training Nebraska’s next generations of nurses, farmers, teachers, technologists and entrepreneurs, am…
Trooper Brienne Splittgerber told members of the Legislature’s Business and Labor Committee that when the patrol’s administration repeatedly ignored her complaints about the doctor who conducted the physical, two sergeants took her seriously.
Krist, a state senator from Omaha, is a former Republican who left the party last year to challenge Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts.
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.
Nebraska chains so much of its tax policy to what Congress does on federal taxes that changes in Washington, D.C., can cause unexpected consequences closer to home.
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 officials and the chairman of the Health and Human Services Committee oppose the idea, arguing that such a committee is unneeded.
A Nebraska couple suffered a terrible injustice in 2010 that revealed a serious flaw in state law. An Omaha state senator has introduced legislation to address the issue, and the Legislature needs to consider it.
Legislative Bill 988 would define consent to mean overt words or actions that show voluntary agreement to engage in sexual contact.
Former Omaha Fire Chief and current State Sen. Mike McDonnell said Thursday that he takes “full responsibility” for his arrest early Thursday on suspicion of driving under the influence.
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.
Opponents and supporters both claimed to have the Nebraska people on their side as a familiar debate on voter ID was renewed at the Nebraska Legislature.
Many people told stories of depression, debilitating cancers, addiction to opioids and children held hostage by violent seizures. They pleaded with the senators to let voters decide if Nebraska should join the 29 other states with broad medical cannabis programs.
Legislative Bill 93, sponsored by State Sen. Matt Hansen of Lincoln, sets limits on how law enforcement and other agencies can gather and share information collected by the technology. It passed 47-0.