Latest Nebraska State Legislature News

Nebraska tax collections beat expectations in January

Feb. 14, 2020 11:02 AM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska collected more state tax revenue than expected last month, the Department of Revenue announced Friday. The state in January received net taxes of $468 million, which is 13.3% above the official state forecast of $413 million. The increase was driven by sharply higher...

Execution transparency bill wins initial OK in Nebraska

Feb. 13, 2020 12:34 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A bill to ensure more transparency in the death penalty won first-round approval from Nebraska lawmakers Thursday after prison officials blocked the view of public witnesses while carrying out an execution in 2018. Lawmakers gave the measure first-round approval on a 33-7 vote. The...

Nebraska property tax package advances out of committee

Feb. 12, 2020 3:17 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A bill designed to lower property taxes by boosting state aid for Nebraska's K-12 public schools advanced Wednesday out of a legislative committee but will still face opposition when lawmakers debate it. Members of the Revenue Committee voted 6-2 to send the proposal to the full...

FILE- In this Jan. 8, 2020 file photo, Nebraska State Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha addresses lawmakers in Lincoln, Neb. On Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, lawmakers gave first-round approval to a bill sponsored by Sen. Chambers that would require law enforcement officers to undergo anti-bias training. The bill would require two hours of anti-bias and implicit bias training as part of the continuing education requirements for local police officers and sheriff's deputies. The Nebraska State Patrol would have to offer training as well to try to prevent racial profiling. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

Police bias bill from longtime Sen. Chambers wins approval

Feb. 12, 2020 12:27 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Law enforcement officers would have to undergo anti-bias training under a bill that lawmakers advanced Wednesday and that could be the last major piece of legislation proposed by Nebraska's longest-serving and best-known state senator. Lawmakers gave the measure first-round approval on...

Senators vote to let more families get child care subsidy

Feb. 11, 2020 4:34 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A bill that would allow more families to qualify for a child care subsidy as they transition out of poverty won first-round approval Tuesday from Nebraska lawmakers. Senators advanced the measure, 25-7, through the first of three required votes in the Legislature. The proposal by Sen....

Nebraska lawmakers skeptical about redistricting reform

Feb. 9, 2020 10:19 AM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers will probably draw their own legislative and congressional districts next year despite numerous attempts to adopt a less partisan approach used by states such as neighboring Iowa. Senators have repeatedly rejected efforts to create an independent commission to...

Nebraska weighs proposal for major medical facility project

Feb. 7, 2020 9:59 AM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Backers of a proposed state-of-the-art medical facility in Omaha asked Nebraska lawmakers Thursday to contribute $300 million in state money to the project, describing it as a “once-in-a-generation opportunity.” The proposed Nebraska Transfomational Project would create a...

Security breach shuts down public Wi-Fi at Nebraska Capitol

Feb. 6, 2020 11:47 AM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Capitol's public wireless internet has been turned off temporarily after a “critical security breach," a key state lawmaker said Thursday. Sen. Mike Hilgers, chairman of the Legislature's Executive Board, said the Wi-Fi was shut down to protect the state's network...

Senator: Nebraska prison crowding likely to get worse

Feb. 5, 2020 7:07 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska’s severe prison overcrowding is only going to get worse over the next few years if state officials don’t take more aggressive steps to address the problem, a key state lawmaker said Wednesday. Sen. Steve Lathrop, of Omaha, told a legislative committee that the...

Future unclear for proposal that could expand Legislature

Feb. 5, 2020 12:25 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A proposal that could lead to the expansion of the Nebraska Legislature faces an uncertain future after lawmakers failed to reach a vote on it Wednesday. Senators passed over the measure after a three-hour legislative debate. It will only return for a vote if the sponsor, Speaker of...