Is There A Partisan or Non-Partisan Legislature in NE?

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

Nebraska lawmakers debated whether there is partisanship in the officially nonpartisan Legislature, then finished the talk with a vote that followed party lines.

On Thursday, state senators killed a measure (LB635) that would have required political parties to report campaign expenditures before elections just as so-called independent committees do.

State Sen. Heath Mello of Omaha, a Democrat, says it would increase transparency.

Sen. Scott Lautenbaugh of Omaha, a Republican, alleges that there was really another purpose: to help Democrats spread campaign messages without attaching the party name in heavily Republican
areas of the state.

A debate ensued about partisanship. Most lawmakers sat silent, until casting mostly party-line votes.

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