State legislature update|
Posted: 04/16/12 08:17
From child welfare to local option sales tax to prenatal care, the legislature has taken positions opposite Governor Heineman. Governor Heineman says he doesn't believe the legislature is acting more independently this session than in the recent past. Speaker Mike Flood says lawmakers have simply attempted to vote how they feel is right. The legislature returns to the Capitol Wednesday to consider vetoes of three bills: historic horse racing, local option sales tax and prenatal care.
Gov. Dave Heineman has confirmed he will sign a bill allowing Nebraska to restart its review of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Heineman told reporters this weekend that he wanted the oil pipeline project to move forward, as long as it avoids Nebraska's environmentally sensitive Sandhills. The bill would authorize the state to continue its analysis of new possible routes. He made the comment in Grand Island, while urging lawmakers to uphold his veto of a city sales tax bill. Heineman appeared alongside Grand Island Mayor Jay Vavricek, who opposes the sales tax measure.