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Gov. Ricketts urges Nebraskans to voice their views on death penalty

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Gov. Pete Ricketts confirms he will veto the bill repealing the death penalty and Ricketts calls on Nebraskans to let their senators know how they feel. Ricketts says he has been talking with state senators since they approved LB 268, which would repeal the death penalty in Nebraska. Ricketts says public opinion can be persuasive […]

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DREAMers might soon be drivers in Nebraska

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Youth brought into this country illegally at a young age will be allowed to apply for a Nebraska driver’s license under a bill passing the Unicameral. The Unicameral has voted 34-to-9 to allow youth enrolled in the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to apply for driver’s licenses. The youth are often referred […]

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Governor Ricketts opposes DREAMers bill getting strong support in Unicameral

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Gov. Pete Ricketts opposes a move by legislators to grant driver’s licenses to the children of immigrants who entered the country illegally. Nebraska lawmakers advanced to LB 623 last week on a 37-8 vote. The bill allows driver’s licenses to DREAMers, young immigrants brought into the country illegally as children. Ricketts had not previously discussed the bill. […]

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Legislators return to debate on repeal of the death penalty (AUDIO)

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State lawmakers return to debate on a bill to repeal the death penalty today and a University of Nebraska law professor sees momentum to abolish capital punishment. Professor Eric Berger with the University of Nebraska College of Law says the assumption could be made that a conservative state like Nebraska would resist repeal of the […]

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Gas tax going up; lawmakers override governor’s veto

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The price you pay at the pump is going up. State legislators have overridden Governor Pete Ricketts’ veto of the six-cent gas tax hike. Sen. Jim Smith of Papillion, the sponsor of LB 610, urged colleagues to enact his bill, despite the objection of the governor. “This discussion today is about a difference of opinion […]

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Filibuster holds up bill to give DREAMers driver’s licenses

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State senators have begun, but have yet to complete debate, on a bill that would allow the children of illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses in Nebraska. Sen. Jeremy Nordquist of Omaha sponsors the bill that would allow youth without legal status in the United States to obtain driver’s licenses. “In Nebraska, we all know […]

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Senator: don’t fall victim to “Reefer Madness” in medical marijuana debate (AUDIO)

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State legislators return to the Capitol today and likely return to debate about a bill that would legalize medical marijuana. Sen. Tommy Garrett of Bellevue has made an impassioned plea on behalf of his bill, LB 643, to legalize using marijuana to relieve pain due to medical conditions. “Please, please, please don’t sit and sulk […]

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Gov. Ricketts defends veto of LB 89, calls it unsustainable

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Gov. Pete Ricketts defends his veto of a bill intended to give needy families a boost in monthly income. Ricketts says he sympathizes with the intent, but calls the legislative solution unsustainable. “But LB 89 was proposing to bankrupt the very reserve fund that is helping to make sure that we’re taking care of these […]

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Storm Chasers split doubleheader with Oklahoma City

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The Omaha Storm Chasers (10-9) split their doubleheader with the Oklahoma City Dodgers (15-5) today, winning the first game of the twin bill 3-2 and dropping Game 2 by a score of 3-1. The loss in the second game clinched the first series loss of the season for the Storm Chasers. The opening game of […]

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Lawmakers ready to exit Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Compact

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State lawmakers have moved closer to ending Nebraska’s participation in the Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Compact, in three years. The Unicameral has given preliminary approval to LB 317, which would end participation in the compact working to bring high-speed passenger rail service to the Midwest. But not for three years. Supporters of the bill complain […]

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Lawmakers move to ban powered alcohol in Nebraska

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State lawmakers have moved to ban powered alcohol in Nebraska. A liquor control bill, amended to ban the sale of powered alcohol, has won preliminary approval on a 32-to-3 vote. Sen. Mark Kolterman of Seward succeeded in amending the bill to ban powered alcohol from being sold in the state. “It would be easy to […]

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Smokeless medical marijuana bill clears committee (AUDIO)

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A medical marijuana bill has cleared a committee and heads to the full legislature for debate, though it doesn’t look much like the bill that was introduced this session. Sen. Tommy Garrett of Bellevue still recognizes his bill, but. “It’s gone through some remarkable transformations,” Garrett tells Kevin Thomas, host of Drive Time Lincoln on […]

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Gov. Ricketts says some bills harm public safety (AUDIO)

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Gov. Pete Ricketts finds himself at odds with the legislature after a week in which the Unicameral passed a number of crime bills. Ricketts objects to some of the moves by the legislature last week, especially first-round approval of a bill to repeal the death penalty. “And we have to remember, we’re not Texas,” Ricketts […]

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Legislators begin debate on death penalty today (AUDIO)

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State lawmakers today begin debating whether to repeal the death penalty. Attorney General Doug Peterson understands news accounts of problems in other states, such as a botched lethal injection in Oklahoma, might well come into play as the Unicameral debates the bill. “So, it’s always been a national issue, although governed by state law, it’s […]

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Crime bill moves forward, compromise pending (AUDIO)

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A compromise is promised and a crime bill meant to ease prison overcrowding and reform sentencing laws has moved forward in the legislature. Debate on the merits of LB 605 began before the bill hit the floor of the Unicameral Tuesday afternoon. Attorney General Doug Peterson held a news conference in his Capitol office about […]

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