Party officials filed an objection with the county election commissioner alleging Adam Morfeld can't run for county attorney because he hasn't "actively" been practicing law. Morfeld called the challenge a "desperate attempt."
"The reason why rural senators have to reach into Lincoln is because there is not enough political will to move two seats from rural Nebraska" into urban areas, the senator said.
The need to diversify the state's teaching workforce is clear, Sen. Lynne Walz of Fremont, who chairs the committee, said. "The more that we do that, the more we learn about each other, the better we can become as a state."
"I'm agreeable to make some changes, but I disagree on moving the 24th District to Sarpy County" as proposed, said Sen. Mark Kolterman of Seward.
During the pandemic, Steve Smith of Lincoln holed up in his home office with his cat Franklin on his lap and, with the help of a few fellow writers, wrote "Reclaiming WE," a book designed to engage Americans in democracy.
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The afternoon debate took an unusual detour after Sen. Mike Groene dismissed some senators' understanding of constitutional law as well as the law schools they attended, including the University of Nebraska.
Sen. Anna Wishart, who's led the battle in the Nebraska Legislature for legalization of medical marijuana, counts Republican senators from small towns as her closest mentors in the body where she's sought common ground on more than cannabis.
Discussions on the bill (LB88) stretched across three days this week, as opponents used up the full time allotted for first-round debate after restoring the eight-hour limit earlier this year.
When North Platte students submitted a story on students flying Confederate flags to the school's principal as part of a routine review of the paper's content, they learned the story they had spent weeks reporting would not be published.
"If South Dakota approved it, why put off the inevitable?" Omaha Sen. Justin Wayne said.
Among committee assignments was a slot on the Revenue Committee for Sen. Mike Flood of Norfolk, the former Speaker of the Legislature, who is back in the lawmaking body after being term-limited for eight years.
The group intends to qualify for the November 2022 ballot in Nebraska, and the new language will "simply and singularly" state: “Persons in the State of Nebraska shall have the right to cannabis in all its forms for medical purposes.”
Sens. Anna Wishart and Adam Morfeld, who led the drives both in the Legislature and to get medical marijuana on the ballot in 2020, said they plan to launch a new ballot initiative for 2021.
Twenty senators sent a letter to Gov. Pete Ricketts requesting he immediately reopen applications for pandemic electronic benefit transfer and to continue emergency SNAP benefits to thousands of Nebraskans.
State Sen. Adam Morfeld of Lincoln said the situation sends a message to unemployed Nebraskans “that their state is not doing the bare minimum to ensure their family does not go hungry.”
"We crushed the 122,000 voter signatures needed statewide," Sens. Anna Wishart and Adam Morfeld said.
Attorney General Doug Peterson opines that the bill (LB814) is "likely constitutional" because its doesn't appear, if enacted, to impose a substantial obstacle on access to abortion in Nebraska.
The topic of the state budget had two sides Monday: senators who want the state to back off on spending and give property tax revenues back to…
Sen. Adam Morfeld said moratorium would be timely and needed.
"Every one of these petition sheets that we're turning in today, and every one of the signatures that we're turning in, it has a story about it," said Lincoln Sen. Anna Wishart.
Events of the past two weeks pushed the Lincoln senator to take action on seeking the office of the county's chief prosecutor.
The decision would affect nearly 35,000 LGBTQ people ages 16 and over in Nebraska's workforce, according to the Williams Institute at UCLA, which tracks such data.