- Lawmakers pass bill to end ban on meatpacker-owned hogs Updated: Feb-05-16 5:06 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - The nation's only ban on hogs owned by meatpackers was expected to end after Nebraska lawmakers voted Friday to repeal a state law designed to keep large processors from exerting too much leverage over small farms.
- Ricketts tax plan pits cities, counties against farm groups Updated: Feb-04-16 9:34 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts' property tax plan faced a barrage of criticism Thursday from local government officials, pitting them against some of the state's largest agricultural groups, who say it would help farmers and ranchers.
- Hunting, tourism groups support hike to Nebraska permit fees Updated: Feb-03-16 6:43 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - Hunters and anglers in Nebraska might have to pay more for permits under a bill endorsed Wednesday by sporting groups, conservationists and the tourism industry.
- 2 Nebraska agriculture groups endorse Ricketts tax package Updated: Feb-02-16 12:29 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - Two leading agriculture groups have endorsed Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts' plan to slow the growth of property taxes.
- Union: Longevity raises would reduce problems in agencies Updated: Feb-01-16 7:25 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - Union officials say Nebraska could avoid many of the recent problems in state agencies by rewarding employees with experience and institutional knowledge.
- Nebraska officials urged to create plan for 911 technology Updated: Feb-01-16 6:30 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - Nebraska lawmakers could lay the groundwork this year for statewide 911 services with the ability to receive video and photos from smartphones.
- Nebraska Roads Dept. supports exemptions for farm equipment Updated: Feb-01-16 5:16 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - The Nebraska Department of Roads has endorsed a bill that would lift weight and load restrictions on certain farm equipment traveling the state's roads.
- Ballot measure to let 18-year-olds serve in office advances Updated: Feb-01-16 2:15 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - A ballot measure that would let 18-year-olds take public office in Nebraska won first-round approval from lawmakers Monday, despite some misgivings about maturity levels.
- Legislature cancels hearings, debate Tuesday for snowstorm Updated: Feb-01-16 11:30 am
LINCOLN, Nebraska - The Nebraska Legislature has canceled all of its hearings and debate on Tuesday in anticipation of a blizzard that's expected to dump 8 inches of snow on Lincoln.
- Nebraska secretary of state says ballot selfies foster fraud Updated: Jan-28-16 6:10 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - The Nebraska secretary of state's office said Thursday that a bill that would let voters snap photos of their ballots and share them on social media will harm the integrity of the voting process.
- Wind developers urge Nebraska senators to streamline process Updated: Jan-27-16 8:50 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - Renewable energy advocates say Nebraska is squandering its potential as the state with the nation's third-highest wind energy capacity by holding onto strict requirements that hinder private developers' projects.
- Nebraska's moot gay marriage ban could go to voters again Updated: Jan-27-16 4:23 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - Nebraska's defunct same-sex marriage ban could once again go before voters under a measure that seeks to remove it from the state constitution.
- Ricketts announces trade, technology focus for ag conference Updated: Jan-27-16 3:11 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - The 28th Nebraska Governor's Ag Conference will focus on trade, food transparency and biotechnology.
- Omaha, Lincoln gun ordinances survive repeal attempt Updated: Jan-27-16 12:46 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - A bill that would have overturned local gun restrictions in Omaha and Lincoln in favor of statewide policies was defeated by a filibuster Wednesday after opponents and supporters failed to compromise.
- Senator: Nebraska should prepare for private school closures Updated: Jan-26-16 7:45 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - Thousands of Nebraska students attend private schools each year, yet a state lawmaker says public schools have no plan to handle a glut of students if a private institution nearby were to suddenly close.
- Nebraska cycling advocates plead for right-of-way clarity Updated: Jan-25-16 8:35 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - Nebraska has slipped even further down the national ranks in its friendliness to cyclists, and cycling advocates say only by clearing up outdated laws can the state keep from plummeting to the very bottom of the list.
- Gambling foes protest effort to legalize fantasy sports Updated: Jan-25-16 6:40 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - Gambling opponents are fighting a bill that would allow fantasy sports websites to operate in Nebraska, even though the industry estimates that 300,000 people in the state are already playing.
- Nebraska lawmaker seeks grants to promote solar power Updated: Jan-24-16 12:13 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - The Central City solar garden is only half an acre, but the 800 panels are among the largest arrays in Nebraska.
- Senator targets tax break on food sold at political events Updated: Jan-22-16 5:21 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - A Nebraska lawmaker took aim Friday at a sales tax break for food sold at political events, saying it only benefits politicians while other groups are forced to pay the tax.
- Bills aim to limit, track juvenile confinement in Nebraska Updated: Jan-20-16 8:32 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - Child advocates told lawmakers Wednesday that Nebraska is locking up more teenagers than necessary and failing to track how often they are placed in solitary confinement.
- Bill would let NU name 1 'priority candidate' for president Updated: Jan-20-16 7:01 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - The University of Nebraska's governing board would no longer disclose the names of four finalists when selecting a new president but would require a vetting period for its one "priority candidate" under a bill in the Legislature.
- Meningitis vaccine bill dies in Nebraska Legislature Updated: Jan-20-16 2:16 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - Nebraska students will not be required get vaccinations against meningitis, despite senators who argue the disease is a public health concern.
- Nebraska measure would allow underage tobacco stings Updated: Jan-20-16 2:13 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - Nebraska could allow underage tobacco stings with buyers as young as 14 years old under a new bill in the Legislature.
- Nebraska lawmakers to consider aid-in-dying legislation Updated: Jan-20-16 1:46 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - Adults suffering from a terminal illness would have the right to end their own life with a doctor's assistance under a bill Nebraska lawmakers will consider this year.
- Supporters unveil new plan to cover Medicaid gap population Updated: Jan-19-16 4:46 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - Lawmakers unveiled a new plan Tuesday to cover the so-called Medicaid gap population in Nebraska while opponents made clear that the proposal faces a steep uphill slog.