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Gov. Ricketts praises passage of fast-track trade bill

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Gov. Pete Ricketts praises Congress for passage of Trade Promotion Authority, otherwise known as fast-track trade authority. “This is all very, very good news for Nebraska to be able to grow our markets, be able to expand our opportunities to create jobs and so I’m pleased that the Senate passed it,” Ricketts tells Kevin Thomas, […]

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Fischer pleased fast-track trade authority heading to president (AUDIO)

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Fast-track trade legislation has passed the Senate and been sent to the president. It took a second try, but Trade Promotion Authority, better known as fast-track trade legislation, has passed. The United States Senate voted 60-to-38 to approve TPA. The bill now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature. TPA is a key piece […]

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Trade bill squeezes through House, returns to Senate (AUDIO)

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A trade bill moves forward that a Nebraska Congressman says could boost exports from this state. Congressman Adrian Smith is pleased the House returned to trade legislation and approved the Trade Promotion Authority on a 218-to-208 vote. “Yes, it was a fairly close vote, but the fact that we’ve taken that vote two weeks in […]

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Speaker Hadley says raw emotion came out during death penalty debate (AUDIO)

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Legislative Speaker Galen Hadley says state senators relied on their emotions, not research, during the somber debate to repeal the death penalty in Nebraska. Hadley says state senators understood the seriousness of the debate when they overrode the governor’s veto of the bill to repeal the death penalty. “It was so somber me,” Hadley says. […]

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Gov. Ricketts “appalled” by repeal of the death penalty (AUDIO)

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Gov. Pete Ricketts expresses disappointment the legislature overrode three of his vetoes, especially the veto of the bill that repealed the death penalty. Ricketts needed to change the votes of three senators to sustain his veto of LB 268, the bill ending capital punishment in Nebraska. He only got two. Ricketts won’t say whether he […]

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Senator will work with, not challenge governor on suspect video machines

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A state senator has decided not to challenge the governor’s veto of his bill to tax suspected illegal video machines, but to work with the governor on the legislation. Sen. Paul Schumacher of Columbus says he drafted LB 70 after the suspect touch-screen computer games began to appear in bars, convenience stores, and clubs in […]

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Political warning fails to stop second override of governor (AUDIO)

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A warning issued prior to the vote on the second override of the governor in as many days failed to sway votes in the Unicameral. Sen. Bill Kintner of Papillion fought to sustain Gov. Pete Ricketts’ veto of LB 623, the bill allowing youth brought to the country illegally when young to apply for a […]

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County attorney reacts to repeal of death penalty

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Nebraska is now among 19 states that do not have the death penalty. Lawmakers voted 30 to 19 to override Governor Pete Ricketts veto of the bill that repeals the death penalty. The maximum sentence now in Nebraska is life in prison without the possibility of parole. Sarpy County Attorney Lee Polikov says don’t count […]

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Move toward corporate hog production stalls in Unicameral

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A bill that would allow meat packers to own hogs and contract with Nebraska producers has stalled in the Unicameral. The Unicameral advanced the bill after first-round debate, but a filibuster prevented it from advancing from second-round debate. It is dead for the legislative session. At present, corporate ownership of livestock is banned in Nebraska. Senator […]

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Medical marijuana done for this year, will return next year (AUDIO)

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A bill legalizing medical marijuana in Nebraska has been shelved for the session. Sen. Tommy Garrett of Bellevue has made the motion to kill his bill for this year, but tells colleagues he will be back next year. “It breaks my heart that the people who desperately needed this, the people who are sick and […]

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Vote to override governor on death penalty repeal will come today

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Gov. Pete Ricketts has vetoed the death penalty repeal bill, setting up a showdown with the Unicameral. Ricketts admits the vote on the repeal of the death penalty took him by surprise. “I, along with most Nebraskans, the overwhelming number of Nebraskans I talk to, were surprised and disappointed by that vote,” Ricketts says. “Because, […]

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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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