New bills would dump motorcycle helmet rule, require voter IDs

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Posted: Saturday, January 19, 2013 12:00 am

Lawmakers introduced 61 bills in the Nebraska Legislature on Friday, the eighth day of the session. They include:

» Voter ID returns. Legislative Bill 381, introduced by Sen. Charlie Janssen of Fremont, would require voters to show photo identification at the polls, to protect against voter fraud. The bill, which Janssen has introduced in the past, would provide a free state ID card to anyone who doesn’t have a driver’s license and can’t afford an ID. Free ID is an element of a similar Indiana law that has been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. A coalition of 30 groups announced they will oppose the bill, arguing it would create barriers to students, low-income voters and those who can’t easily get to an office to obtain the ID card.

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