Nebraska Ballot Proposals

Nebraska voters will decide four constitutional amendments on the November 2012 ballot.  Voters will be asked to “for” or “against” each proposed amendment. The amendments address such issues as: a salary increse for state legislators, a change in term limits for lawmakers, protection for hunting and fishing, and grounds for impeachment of civil officers. The exact language of each proposal can be found in the links below.

Sample Ballot

From the Nebraska Secretary of State: What voters can expect their ballot to look like.

To see the example: Nebraska Secretary of State

 

Proposed Amendment No. 1

From the Nebraska Legislature: The first amendment on the ballot was proposed by Sen. Bill Avery. It seeks to make any misdemeanor committed by a civil officer while in pursuit of office grounds for impeachment.

See the full text here:  Nebraska State Legislature Floor Document

To learn more about the senator who proposed the amendment: Sen. Bill Avery’s State Senate Page

Proposed Amendment No. 2

From the Nebraska Legislature: This amendment would protect the right to hunt, trap and fish in Nebraska, under reasonable restrictions. It was proposed by Sen. Pete Pirsch.

See the full text here: Nebraska State Legislature Floor Document

To learn more about the senator who proposed the amendment: Sen. Pete Pirsch’s State Senate Page 

Proposed Amendment No. 3

From the Nebraska Legislature: The third amendment on the ballot would extend the term limits of state senators from two to three. It was proposed by Sen. Tom Carlson.

See the full text here: Nebraska State Legislature Floor Document

To learn more about the senator who proposed the amendment: Sen. Tom Carlson’s State Senate Page

Proposed Amendment No. 4

From the Nebraska Legislature: This amendment would raise the salaries of state senators from $12,000 to $22,500 per year. It was proposed by Sen. Scott Lautenbaugh.

See the full text here: Nebraska State Legislature Floor Document

To learn more about the senator who proposed the amendment: Sen. Scott Lautenbaugh’s State Senate Page

 Salaries of state senators throughout the country

From The Empire Center:  An easy-to-read table to help you compare the current and proposed salaries of Nebraska legislators to those of legislators in other states.

Go to the table: The Empire Center

 

Find out about the senators behind the proposed amendments

From the Nebraska State Legislature:

Bill Avery–Proposal 1

Pete Pirsch–Proposal 2

Tom Carlson–Proposal 3

Scott Lautenbaugh–Proposal 4

 

Related News

Heineman speaks out against proposed salary increase

From KearneyHub: Gov. Dave Heineman says state lawmakers do not deserve a pay raise. Last spring, legislators overturned Heineman’s veto of the prenatal care law. Because of this, Heineman believes they did not represent the interests of Nebraskans.

Get the full story: KearneyHub

 

World-Herald Editorial: Bigger than a single vote

From the World-Herald: Why passing the prenatal care law should not prevent state legislators from getting a pay raise.

See the full article: Omaha World-Herald

 

World-Herald Editorial: Proposed Amendment 2 is a waste of space

From the World-Herald: Nebraska values hunting, trapping and fishing, but there isn’t any need to put that in the State Constitution.

See the full article: Omaha World-Herald

 

Opinion: Extended term limits are needed so senators can serve more efficiently

From The Imperial Republican: A state senator’s first term is spent learning the system. By extending term limits to three, more experienced senators will be able to help the state.

Find the full article here: The Imperial Republican

Legislators believe longer term limits and increased salary will make for a better governing body

From NebraskaWatchdog.org: Some lawmakers believe extended term limits will benefit the Nebraska Legislature by allowing room for more experienced senators, and raise in salary would allow for a more diverse representation in Lincoln.

Find the full article here: NebraskaWatchdog.org

 

Putting the proposals in context

From the Connecticut Post: Because none of the proposed amendments are getting much promotion, a background for each. The reasons each ballot was proposed, and what it would do if passed.

Find the full article here: ctpost.com

 

World-Herald Editorial: Salary Hike Reasonable

From the World-Herald: Nebraska senators haven’t had a raise since 1988 and make only $12,000 a year. Unlike the 2006 proposal, which failed, this one does not include automatic increases in the future. The amount of work expected from senators deserves greater compensation.

Find the full article here: Omaha World-Herald

 

World-Herald Editorial: Change rule to impeach

From the World-Herald: Proposed Amendment 1 would close the loophole in Nebraska law. Recent case of former University of Nebraska Regent David Hergert shows why Nebraska needs law to impeach those who break the law while seeking office, not just while in office.

Find the full article here: Omaha World-Herald

 

Opposing opinions on Proposed Amendments 1, 3 and 4

From KVNO: The three amendments that would affect lawmakers all have opponents. This article presents both sides of each argument. Audio is included.

Find the full piece here: KVNOnews.com

 

Salary increase supported by Les Seiler, District 33 legislator

From KHAS Hastings: Seiler believes the proposed amendment to increase senators’ salary by over $10,000 would open up the job of state senator to those who cannot afford to serve under the current salary.

Find the full article here: KHAS-TV

Compiled by Mallory Miller

 

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