A bill designed to promote greater transparency and accountability in Nebraska law enforcement has hit a roadblock in the Legislature.
Lawmakers passed over the measure Wednesday after nearly three hours of debate, as they’ve done with other bills facing a filibuster.
The sponsor, Sen. Laura Ebke, of Crete, now has to show support from a 33-vote supermajority of senators before the speaker of the Legislature will return it to the agenda. It’s unclear whether it has enough support.
The measure was touted as a way to avoid the kind of misconduct cases that recently plagued the Nebraska State Patrol. Gov. Pete Ricketts fired the patrol’s former superintendent and hired a new leader who promised to make changes.
The patrol troopers’ union says the bill would have undermined collective bargaining rights.