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Sen. Ernie Chambers asks for legal opinion on inmates housed across Nebraska border

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BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) - A Nebraska state lawmaker says Gage County has violated the state constitution by housing inmates across the state line in Kansas. Omaha Sen. Ernie Chambers has asked the Nebraska Attorney General's Office to issue a legal opinion on a contract approved by the Gage County Board of Supervisors in late September. The one-year contract reserves 10 beds in the Washington County, Kansas, jail for Gage County inmates, at a cost of $246,000 a year.

Correction: Sheriff Justin Cordry for Washington County Kansas, says that their figures are less than previous number of $246,000 reported initially. They concluded that it costs $164,250 a year to house Gage County inmates.

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