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More bills get presented to legislature

Posted: 03/06/13 09:24

Lawmakers are reviving a bill that would establish a winner-take-all system for Nebraska's five electoral votes. A legislative committee will hear a measure today that would end the state's current practice of splitting its electoral votes in presidential elections. Two electoral votes go to the statewide popular vote winner, while the remaining three are given to the candidates who win each congressional district. The state split its electoral votes for the first time in 2008, when Barack Obama was elected president. Obama captured Nebraska's 2nd District electoral vote, which includes Omaha. The debate on the winner-takes-all legislation has remained political. Republicans generally support winner-takes-all, while Democrats prefer splitting the votes.
Sen. Mark Christensen has been forced to kill a second bill during this Legislative session. Yesterday LB520 had a hearing at the capitol, the bill would have allow surveyors to lawfully access private property without securing permission of the landowner. Bold Nebraska, the group probably most know for their fight against the Keystone XL pipeline says the bill was anti-property rights and Pro Transcanada. After testimony from landowners and citizens, Christensen killed his bill, he killed a bill last week dealing allowing inmates at the McCook Work Camp to work for non-profit organizations, after Senator Ernie Chambers of Omaha succeeded in adding an amendment that would prohibit any agency that discriminates based on sexual orientation from participating.