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  • Nebraska bill removing voting rights restoration waiting period for people convicted of a felony passes without governor’s signature

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    On April 17, 2024, Nebraska’s LB 20 became law without the signature of Gov. Jim Pillen (R). The bill changes the timeline for restoring voting rights to people convicted of a felony by removing a two-year waiting period after the completion of a sentence before rights are restored. Under the new law, voting rights are…

  • Three states end judicial deference practices

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    Lawmakers in Indiana, Nebraska, and Idaho passed bills in March 2024 to end judicial deference practices in each state. The bills were based on model legislation developed by The Goldwater Institute and the Pacific Legal Foundation, titled the Judicial Deference Reform Act.  Nebraska Governor Jim Pillen (R) on March 27, 2024, and Idaho Governor Brad…

  • More Nebraska legislators are retiring in 2024 than in any cycle since 2014

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    There are 25 legislative seats up for election this year in Nebraska’s unicameral legislature. Fifteen incumbents (5 Democrats and 10 Republicans) are not running for re-election. This is the highest retirement rate since 2014, when 17 incumbents (8 Democrats, 8 Republicans, and one independent) retired. The average number of retirements each year from 2010 to 2022 was…

  • Incumbent officeholder switches party affiliation

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    Mike McDonnell switches party affiliation to Republican. Senator McDonnell changed his party affiliation from Democratic to Republican on April 3, 2024. McDonnell said the Democratic Party “no longer felt like a place where he could reconcile his faith with his political affiliation.” Earlier this year, the Nebraska Democratic Party censured McDonnell. Democratic Party Chair Jane…

  • All incumbents facing primary challengers in Nebraska’s three U.S. House districts

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    This year’s filing deadline for candidates running for Congress in Nebraska was March 1, 2024. Eleven candidates are running for Nebraska’s three U.S. House districts, including four Democrats and seven Republicans. That’s 3.7 candidates per district, lower than the 5.3 candidates that ran in 2022 and the 4.7 in 2020 Here are some other highlights…

  • Nebraska advances bill proposing maximum unemployment insurance benefit period reduction

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    Nebraska lawmakers in the Business and Labor Committee on February 13, 2024, advanced Legislative Bill 1170, which proposes cutting the maximum unemployment insurance benefit period from 26 weeks down to 16 weeks. The committee advanced the bill 4-3 and designated it as priority legislation for the full legislature. Legislative Bill 1170 now goes before the…

  • Nebraska voters to decide on veto referendum to repeal tax credits for education scholarship accounts

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    The Nebraska Secretary of State announced that a veto referendum to repeal Legislative Bill 75—an act that established tax credits for taxpayers who contribute to education scholarships for students to attend private schools—qualified for the November 2024 ballot on Oct. 10. Support Our Schools, the committee behind the referendum, submitted over 117,000 signatures on Aug.…

  • Nebraska campaign to repeal tax credits for private education scholarship accounts files signatures

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    Support Our Schools Nebraska filed more than 117,000 signatures on Aug. 30 for a veto referendum to repeal Legislative Bill 753, which authorized tax credits for taxpayers who contribute to education scholarships for students to attend private schools.  In Nebraska, the number of signatures required for a veto referendum—without suspending the enactment of the targeted…

  • Gaylor Baird defeats Geist in Lincoln’s mayoral election

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    Incumbent Leirion Gaylor Baird defeated Suzanne Geist in the May 2, 2023, nonpartisan general election for mayor of Lincoln, Nebraska. Gaylor Baird received 54.2% of the vote to Geist’s 45.6%.  While mayoral elections in Lincoln are officially nonpartisan, candidates are often affiliated with one of the two major political parties. Gaylor Baird is affiliated with…

  • Leirion Gaylor Baird and Suzanne Geist are running in the general election for mayor of Lincoln, Nebraska

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    Incumbent Leirion Gaylor Baird and Suzanne Geist are running in the May 2, 2023, nonpartisan general election for mayor of Lincoln, Neb. They advanced to the general election after being the top-two vote-getters in the nonpartisan primary on April 4, 2023. While mayoral elections in Lincoln are officially nonpartisan, candidates for office are often affiliated…