(Neb)-Filibuster Cloture Rules To Stay Unchanged This Session
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska lawmakers this morning resolved a lingering dispute and voted 38-2 to use last year's parliamentary rules for the rest of this session, an issue normally decided in the opening days of a session.
Some conservative senators in the Republican-led officially non-partisan Legislature had sought a rule change that would have made it easier to overcome filibusters. Progressive senators opposed the idea, saying it would trample on minority rights, and filibustered against it.
After nearly a month of debate with no resolution, Speaker of the Legislature Jim Scheer ended the discussion for 30 days so senators could move on to other issues.
The delay was scheduled to end next Monday, but Scheer said today that since senators aren't likely to have any fruitful discussion on the issue, so it's best to proceed with last year's rules.
Another contentious issue moved a step closer to final action today as lawmakers gave 2nd-round approval to a bill allowing the state to issue anti-abortion license plates carrying the slogan "Choose Life."
Senators who oppose the measure say political language should not be on state-issued license plates. The "Choose Life" plates would cost $5 more than standard plates, and the revenue would supplement federal funding for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.
Nebraska allows special organizational plates if a group gets 250 commitments and pays $17,500 but.the chairman of the Nebraska chapter of the National Choose Life says a bill was needed in this case because his group couldn't gather enough signatures or money to do that.
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