Latest Nebraska State Legislature News

Nebraska state Sen. Brett Lindstrom announces governor bid

Jul. 16, 2021 10:43 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska state senator and financial adviser officially launched his campaign for governor on Thursday. Sen. Brett Lindstrom, of Omaha, announced he will run in the Republican primary. Lindstrom. Lindstrom, a former walk-on Husker quarterback, is...

Nebraska ended fiscal year with more revenue than expected

Jul. 15, 2021 11:11 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska ended its fiscal year in much better financial shape than expected despite the coronavirus pandemic, according to new numbers released Thursday. The Nebraska Department of Revenue reported net general fund tax collections of $5.959 billion...

Omaha state lawmaker to run for Nebraska House seat in 2022

Jul. 13, 2021 14:00 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A state lawmaker from Omaha has announced he will run in the Democratic primary for Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District. Sen. Tony Vargas said in an announcement Tuesday that he will seek the party’s nomination to challenge incumbent U.S. Rep....

30 Nebraska senators urge schools to reject sex ed standards

Jul. 01, 2021 17:37 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Thirty Nebraska state lawmakers urged local school boards on Thursday to reject proposed state health standards that include lessons for young children on gender identity and gender expression. The senators issued a joint public statement to local...

Editorial Roundup: Nebraska

Jun. 28, 2021 10:10 AM EDT

Omaha World-Herald. June 22, 2021. Editorial: Nebraska regulators must assert their power fully against election groups Nebraska is far away from the two coasts, but less than a year from now, a tidal wave nonetheless will hit our state hard. ...

Nebraska state senator to run for Lancaster County Clerk

Jun. 24, 2021 13:08 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska state senator from Lincoln announced Thursday that he plans to run for Lancaster County clerk. Sen. Matt Hansen, who represents Legislative District 26 in northeast Lincoln, said he will seek to replace current County Clerk Dan Nolte, a...

Nebraska man guilty of using nude photo for blackmail

Jun. 23, 2021 16:49 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska man has been convicted of cyberstalking for trying to use nude photos of a legislative candidate's wife as blackmail to derail the candidate's campaign. A federal jury convicted Dennis Sryniawski, of Bellevue, on Monday, according to the...

Costly low bid for Nebraska child services may cause changes

Jun. 18, 2021 16:30 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Some Nebraska lawmakers on Friday called for changes in how the state picks contractors, after a child welfare service that succeeded in winning a contract with an unusually low bid failed to deliver and cost taxpayers millions of dollars. Members of...

Nebraska to offer additional payments for 2019 flood relief

Jun. 17, 2021 16:58 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska will pay out public assistance beyond what it normally offers to local governments hit by the 2019 floods, a state agency announced Thursday. The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency said Gov. Pete Ricketts has approved the payments for the...

Nebraska state offices to close for Juneteenth holiday

Jun. 17, 2021 14:42 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska state offices will close Friday in anticipation of a new federal law that will establish Juneteenth as a recognized government holiday. Gov. Pete Ricketts ordered the closure to comply with a state law that grants the same paid holiday...