Latest Nebraska State Legislature News

Medical marijuana petition drive running strong in Nebraska

Jul. 21, 2019 8:45 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Organizers of a petition drive to legalize medical marijuana in Nebraska say they're hitting their early signature goals with help from an all-volunteer network, but opponents are mobilizing to fight the measure if it appears on the 2020 ballot. Volunteers have already gathered more...

Nebraska child welfare firm sues state after losing contract

Jul. 15, 2019 2:17 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A firm that has managed child welfare cases in the Omaha area for years will sue Nebraska state officials who awarded a new contract to a different nonprofit. PromiseShip announced plans Monday to file the lawsuit after the officials with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human...

Nebraska tax collections topped projections last fiscal year

Jul. 15, 2019 11:15 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska state government collected more tax revenue than expected during the fiscal year that ended last month. The Nebraska Department of Revenue reported Monday that net tax receipts for the year totaled $4.896 billion, which was 3.7% above the official state forecast of $4.72...

Nebraska schools could see new debate over Indian mascots

Jul. 14, 2019 8:26 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska schools with Native American mascots could see a new debate over their team names and logos if some state officials have their way, but quick action on the issue seems unlikely. Members of the Legislature's State-Tribal Relations Committee are looking into whether Nebraska...

Correction: Ricketts Business Tour story

Jul. 9, 2019 11:24 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — In a story July 8 about Nebraska winning an economic development award, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Gov. Pete Ricketts announced in June that the state had received the Governor's Cup award from Site Selection magazine. Ricketts announced and accepted that award in...

Lawmakers confident Nebraska will OK new business incentives

Jul. 7, 2019 11:41 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers who want to update the state's largest tax incentive program for businesses are getting ready to try again with a lot of confidence, despite a major setback that stalled their package earlier this year. Senators who worked on the new incentives said they strongly...

Officials worry about Nebraska children's health care fund

Jul. 5, 2019 2:10 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska state fund that pays for children's health insurance, aid for people with developmental disabilities and more than 20 other government programs is slowly losing money and will eventually be depleted because lawmakers are withdrawing too much from the account, according to...

3 companies chosen for Nebraska economic development grants

Jul. 1, 2019 3:24 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Three Nebraska companies have won state grants to try to lure young people into manufacturing, technology and other high-demand fields. Gov. Pete Ricketts announced the winners Monday of Nebraska's Developing Youth Talent Initiative, a program lawmakers approved at his request in 2015....

Nebraska lawmakers resume talks on property tax package

Jun. 27, 2019 4:50 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska legislative committee has resumed talks on ways to lower property taxes while preserving state aid for K-12 public schools. Members of the Legislature's Revenue Committee met Thursday with the goal of crafting a tax package that can win approval early in the 2020 session....

Gov. Ricketts launches new 'The Nebraska Way' podcast

Jun. 26, 2019 11:07 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts has launched a new podcast that will feature conversations with lawmakers, sports coaches and other people of interest. The first podcast released Wednesday is a conversation between Ricketts and U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer about current debates in Congress and...