Push to open Nebraska votes may be partisan motivated

Posted By: Veronica Ortega


After the last election Nebraska Republicans cemented their majority in the legislature. Now some conservatives are trying to pass a bill that would end the secret votes that allows lawmakers to sometimes cross party lines. The bill would require lawmakers to reveal their vote for key roles, like committee chairman and speaker of the legislature.

Supporters of the bill say it’s a matter of transparency, while those opposed say the bill is a conservative attempt to force party discipline on moderates.

Nebraska’s one-house legislature has no formal party structure or leadership, leading to frustration by some Republicans since the party dominates in state politics.

The bill is expected to be reviewed by a committee on Wednesday.