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Secret ballot for leadership survives as bill introduction is capped at 20 in rules fight at Unicameral


After a week of debate on changes to the rules of the unicameral to make the secret ballot (one of the rules that aids on keeping partisanship out of the legislature) to a recorded vote was defeated when it could not muster the 30 votes needed for passage. The number of bills that can be introduced by individual senators was capped at 20. 

“In an interview after the vote, [Sen.] Hansen said his main goal was to slow the increase in public hearings for bills. The Nebraska Legislature is unusual among state legislatures in that it holds a public hearing for every bill proposed.”

Nebraskans are able to weigh in on every bill introduced in a public hearing. It allows the second house – the people of Nebraska – to be heard on legislation. Part of what makes our Unicameral unique.

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