The Biden administration has appointed Nebraska native John Berge as the new state executive director for the USDA Nebraska Farm Service Agency.
Seven of Nebraska’s eight announced candidates competed to be most forceful in denouncing President Biden, critical race theory, now-shelved state school health standards, most state taxes, government spending and illegal immigration.
Former Gov. Dave Heineman said Mike Flood had earned the endorsement through his work in the Legislature, and "we do not want to risk losing this seat" in Congress while Rep. Jeff Fortenberry battles an indictment.
The latest proposal by Sen. Tom Briese of Albion was the centerpiece for a public hearing debate over whether school spending should be reined in or if state financial assistance to help support schools ought to be increased.
A medical cannabis bill was introduced as one last attempt for state lawmakers to enact a policy before voters potentially get their say this November.
Omaha and Lincoln law enforcement officials said allowing Nebraskans to carry concealed handguns without permits would make their jobs harder and jeopardize public safety.
"It's high time we end the idolatrous practice of celebrating Nebraska's nonpartisan Unicameral simply because it's unique," Sen. Julie Slama said.
The measure would require health care providers to inform patients and get written consent acknowledging that stem cell therapies they're seeking have not been approved by the FDA.
Although opponents to the resolution calling for a convention of states had signaled their intent to push debate to a cloture vote in an effort to sink it, a filibuster never materialized.
"Burning down 200 years of history for a few temporary victories is shortsighted at best, and institutional arson at worst," Sen. Deb Fischer said of the effort to end the filibuster to pass voting-rights legislation.
State Sen. Tony Vargas on Wednesday made official his bid to unseat U.S. Rep. Don Bacon in the race for Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District.
The bill would expand DNA collection from individuals convicted of felonies to people accused of certain crimes.
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.
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.
A Topeka landowner who initially agreed to buy biochar from AltEn told the Journal Star he wasn’t aware of the former ethanol plant’s operations and history of running afoul of state environmental regulations until earlier this month.
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.
In a news release, Fortenberry said he is working from home and will vote by proxy.
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.
The Omaha, Millard, Gretna and Springfield Platteview school districts are suing interim Sarpy County Treasurer Trace Jones for allegedly refusing to pay $6.5 million for missed tax payments.
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.
The Jan. 6, 2021, attack has caused a “sea change” in how the federal government views the threat of domestic extremists, say researchers affiliated with UNO’s counterterrorism center.