Latest Nebraska state government News

Church victims push to expand lawsuit window in Nebraska

Jan. 21, 2022 19:08 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Victims of sexual abuse at the hands of Catholic priests urged Nebraska lawmakers on Friday to pass a law that would let people who were abused decades ago file lawsuits against the church or other organizations that were negligent. The proposal comes on the...

Indicted Nebraska Rep. Fortenberry loses 2 big GOP backers

Jan. 21, 2022 17:59 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Indicted U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry's political fortunes took a major hit Friday when two of Nebraska's most prominent Republicans withdrew their longtime support for him and endorsed a state lawmaker who hopes to unseat the nine-term congressman in the GOP primary. ...

Chief justice: Technology helped courts adapt to pandemic

Jan. 21, 2022 11:52 AM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's courts have adapted well to the coronavirus pandemic with help from new technology, but the judicial branch is struggling with worker shortages, the state's top judge said Friday. Nebraska Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Heavican said the...

Conservative Nebraska Sen. Groene sponsors medical pot bill

Jan. 20, 2022 20:43 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A conservative lawmaker from rural, western Nebraska took a leading role Thursday in the push to allow medical marijuana in the state, although some advocates say his bill is too restrictive. Sen. Mike Groene, of North Platte, introduced a legalization bill...

New York couple accused of Nebraska nursing homes fraud

Jan. 20, 2022 18:31 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A couple from Brooklyn, New York, is facing a lawsuit accusing them of committing Medicaid fraud involving several nursing homes that Nebraska $59.6 million. A lawsuit filed by the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office accuses Joseph and Rosie Schwartz, and...

Proposal would officially make Nebraska Legislature partisan

Jan. 20, 2022 18:29 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A lawmaker proposed a measure Thursday that would end Nebraska's status as the only state with an officially nonpartisan Legislature. The measure by Sen. Julie Slama, of Peru, would strike Nebraska's constitutional requirement that state legislative candidates...

Nebraska lawmakers advance convention of states proposal

Jan. 20, 2022 12:42 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska inched closer Thursday to joining other states in a call for a special convention to make changes to the U.S. Constitution. The measure won second-round approval in the Legislature despite objections from some lawmakers that it could lead to unintended...

Nebraska state lawmaker files to run for congressional seat

Jan. 20, 2022 09:59 AM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska state Sen. Tony Vargas, of Omaha, has officially jumped into the race for the state's 2nd Congressional District. Vargas, a Democrat, filed papers Wednesday to challenge incumbent U.S. Rep. Don Bacon, a Republican. Bacon first won the seat in 2016 and...

Editorial Roundup: Nebraska

Jan. 18, 2022 17:42 PM EST

Omaha World-Herald. Jan. 16, 2022. Editorial: Supporting Nebraska tourism is good for everyone The Nebraska Legislature and Gov. Pete Ricketts have lots of ideas for spending money in a state that is flush with cash. Thanks in part to more than $1...

US Rep. Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska diagnosed with COVID-19

Jan. 18, 2022 17:39 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska announced Tuesday that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and will temporarily work from home. Fortenberry said on his congressional website that he had a “moderate case” and will recuperate at home. He said he tested...