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Fortenberry says Congress can do little in wake of Keystone XL veto

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Congressman Jeff Fortenberry says Congress has little recourse in wake of President Barack Obama’s veto of the Keystone XL bill. President Obama vetoed the bill approved by Congress, stating it circumvented the existing process for dealing with TransCanada’s request for a presidential permit to cross the northern border to build the $8 billion oil pipeline […] Read More »

Celebrations by some Nebraskans over Keystone XL bill’s veto

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Nebraska environmentalists are applauding Tuesday’s veto by President Obama of the bill that would have authorized construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. BOLD Nebraska’s energy director, Ben Gotschall, says the veto wasn’t a surprise, but it was welcome. “The White House had indicated several times that they were going to veto the bill, the […] Read More »

Opponents of Keystone XL optimistic about its rejection

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Opponents of Keystone XL are optimistic that President Barack Obama will veto the bill passed by Congress that authorizes the oil pipeline. In fact, Jane Kleeb with Bold Nebraska says she believes the president will fully reject the pipeline. “We think that you could see the president not only vetoing the Keystone XL bill, but […] Read More »

Voter photo ID bill dies after opponents shelve it for session (AUDIO)

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Opponents didn’t have to talk the voter photo ID bill to death. They, instead, won a procedural vote to, in effect, kill it. Opponents of LB 111, which would require Nebraskans to display photo identification to cast ballots, had mounted a filibuster against it. They prepared to spend days criticizing the bill, seeking to block […] Read More »

Filibuster succeeds in shelving meningitis vaccine bill

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A bill mandating that Nebraska students be immunized against meningitis has been killed, by its sponsor. Sen. Bob Krist of Omaha has shelved the bill in the face of a filibuster against it. Earlier in the legislative debate, Krist claimed those opposing LB 18 because it’s a mandate were being hypocritical. “It’s okay, when you […] Read More »

Nebraska US Senators say Keystone XL debate won’t end with veto (AUDIO)

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Both of Nebraska’s United States Senators expect President Barack Obama to veto a bill authorizing construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Neither expect the debate to end with a veto. The House followed Senate action in approving a measure authorizing construction of the pipeline from western Canada to Steele City, Nebraska. The 270-to-152 vote […] Read More »

House approves Keystone XL, sends it to promised veto

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A bill to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline has passed Congress and heads toward a promised veto by President Barack Obama. The House in Washington followed-up the work of the Senate, approving the bill on a 270-to-152 vote. The House vote mostly followed party lines, with only one Republican voting against the […] Read More »

State lawmakers advance bill giving producers incentive to film in Nebraska

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It might be a small incentive, but it is an incentive. Film makers will get a break on vehicle registration under a bill advancing in the Unicameral. Sen. Colby Coash of Lincoln sponsors LB 45 which would exempt vehicles used in a movie production from state license registration requirements for up to a year. Coash […] Read More »

Questions raised, still proposed tax on suspect video machines advances (AUDIO)

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Questions are raised about a proposal to tax video machines suspected of being illegal gambling devices. Still, the bill advances in the Unicameral. LB 70, sponsored by Sen. Paul Schumacher of Columbus, would impose a 10% tax on suspect machines unless the owner can prove they aren’t used illegally for gambling. Sen. Beau McCoy of Omaha […] Read More »

LIEAP Applications Taken

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The Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) is accepting applications for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) March 29.  LIEAP provides an annual benefit to help qualifying households pay winter heating bills. Individuals with disabilities, elderly persons, and families with children are the primary groups assisted. An average benefit of $520.81 was provided to 53,683 households in 2012. ... Read More »

LIEAP Applications

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The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS) is accepting applications for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) through march.  applications must be received in the LIEAP Processing Center or an SRS office by close of business on Friday March 30th.  LIEAP provides an annual benefit to help qualifying households pay winter heating bills. Individuals with disabilities, elderly ... Read More »

LIEAP Applications

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The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS) is accepting applications for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) through march.  Applications must be received in the LIEAP Processing Center or an SRS office by close of business on March 30th.  LIEAP provides an annual benefit to help qualifying households pay winter heating bills. Individuals with disabilities, elderly persons, ... Read More »

LIEAP Applications

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The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS) is accepting applications for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) through March 30th.  Applications must be received in the LIEAP Processing Center or an SRS office by close of business on March 30th.  LIEAP provides an annual benefit to help qualifying households pay winter heating bills. Individuals with disabilities, elderly ... Read More »

Rural Enterprise Zone

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A bill aimed at helping rural Kansas counties in decline is on its way to the Governor’s desk.  Approved last month by the Kansas Senate 34-5, the Kansas House of Representatives voted 102-18 last week to give its final approve to Senate Bill 198, known as the Rural Opportunity Zone Bill.  “As part of our Road Map for Kansas to ... Read More »

Secretary of State in Norton

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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach plans to speak at the Annual Meeting of Sunflower Electric Power Corporation at Prairie Land Headquarters tomorrow (today) starting at 12:45 p.m.  His remarks will include the voter identification bill being considered by the legislature.  house bill 2067 is called the Secure and Fair Elections (SAFE) Act.  It was passed on the floor of ... Read More »