Supporters said the bill would ensure Nebraskans of all faiths could practice their religion freely. But opponents said it would give special legal exemptions to religious people and organizations.
Both tax reduction proposals were opposed by Open Sky Policy Institute, who warned that the bills would obligate the state to future tax cuts and reduction in revenue without knowing if state government can afford it.
The bill would expand DNA collection from individuals convicted of felonies to people accused of certain crimes.
Banned concepts under the bill include that one sex or race is inherently superior to another, that the U.S. or Nebraska are "fundamentally or systemically racist or sexist," among others.
“In my mind, each day that that mandate is in effect, it’s in effect upon the citizens of Omaha without authority to do so,” Doug Peterson said.
Sen. Mike McDonnell is sponsoring a bill to appropriate $50 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds to provide financial bonuses to frontline care staff.
Gov. Pete Ricketts endorsed Jim Pillen on Tuesday, throwing his support as the state's top Republican behind the Columbus pig farmer in the upcoming primary race for governor.
A newborn found dead in a duffel bag was left outside a barely staffed fire station. It’s exactly the outcome Illinois' Safe Haven Law was meant to prevent.
The newest member of the Nebraska State Board of Education described himself as a "conservative first, Republican second" who wants to restore local control to public school districts.
"We've identified locations we think would work, and we think would fit our criteria," Speaker Mike Hilgers said of a proposed lake between Lincoln and Omaha, adding that no site has been selected at this time.
"If our Republican nominee is waging a battle against prosecutors in a courtroom out of state instead of campaigning here in the 1st District, this seat is in jeopardy," Sen. Mike Flood said Sunday in announcing his candidacy.
Omaha Sen. Justin Wayne argued that a bill allowing municipalities to essentially offer broadband as a utility should have been heard by the Urban Affairs Committee and not the Transportation and Telecommunications Committee.
If elected, she said, she would be the first Black woman to represent metropolitan Omaha's 2nd District.
Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson wrote in the suit that Health Director Lindsay Huse's authority to issue a mask mandate under Omaha's municipal code "conflicts with applicable state law."
The governor unveiled an ambitious program of investments in Nebraska's future, including major development and protection of natural resources along with workforce development while targeting substantial additional tax relief.
See Gov. Pete Ricketts give his take Thursday on where Nebraska stands and where he sees the state headed.
Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts announced plans to temporarily raise rates paid to some care providers in the hopes of stabilizing their operations during the pandemic.
The cap could be overridden for two of three years as long as the annual increase over any three-year period is not more than 3%.
The bill would apply to medical professionals (such as doctors, nurses, researchers and pharmacists), hospitals and nursing homes, and health care payers including employers and insurers.
A jury has acquitted a former Nebraska state trooper on a charge that he deprived a motorist’s rights when he slammed the butt of an AR-15 into the drunk man’s head.
The multi-candidate Republican gubernatorial primary contest appears likely to feature a costly battle with Pillen and Charles Herbster, a Falls City cattle producer, leading the campaign finance charts.
Asked about those reports, Flood said: "No comment."
Nebraska's governor said the South Platte River Compact "specifically provides Nebraska authority over water and land in Colorado" for construction of a canal to ensure access to a share of the water from the river.