Senators hear changes to secret ballot, voting procedure rules during marathon hearing

The Legislature avoided engaging in a fight over how committee leaders are selected on the first day of the session earlier this month.During a mar...

January 18, 2023
4:16 AM

The Legislature avoided engaging in a fight over how committee leaders are selected on the first day of the session earlier this month.During a marathon — perhaps ultramarathon — hearing Thursday, state senators initiated the first skirmishes in the rules fight to come.The Rules Committee heard nearly 60 proposed changes to the Legislature's rulebook, including one that would end the secret ballot vote for committee chairs that has been in place since 1937.The way those decisions are made drew renewed focus this year after former GOP gubernatorial candidate Charles Herbster made the issue the central — and only — tenant of his Nebraska First political action committee.

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