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(Neb)-Residency Rules Bill Gets First-Round OK

By: John Axtell Posted at: 02/02/2018 06:35 PM
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska lawmakers have given unanimous first-round approval to new rules clarifying how they will investigate allegations that members of the Legislature don't live in the districts they represent.
 
     The bill was inspired by a former legislative candidate's claims that the man who easily beat him, Senator. Ernie Chambers, didn't live in his north Omaha district but was instead living with his legislative assistant.
 
     John Sciara's challenge against Chambers was dismissed after a legislative committee concluded that his allegations weren't supported by evidence.
 
     The bill seeks to find better ways to answer many of the questions that were raised during the Legislature's review of the case.

      Chambers, who is black, spoke at length before the vote on what happened, blasting those involved for casting aspersions on his assistant, who is also black.

      Chambers said race came into play throughout the investigation and that other members of the legislature would have been outraged if the kind of accusations made against his assistant had been made against a white woman.


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