WATCH: Protesters arrested at Nebraska State Capitol
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Six people were arrested Friday amid protests at the Nebraska State Capitol.
As senators debated Legislative Bill 574, which limits abortion and gender-affirming health care, protesters in the opponent balcony drowned them out.
Two women were also seen throwing tampons and feminine hygiene pads at lawmakers.
The patrol said they were arrested on suspicion of obstructing a government operation and disturbing the peace.
Troopers also arrested someone who was yelling and refused to leave the balcony on suspicion of disturbing the peace and trespassing.
Lt. Gov. Joe Kelly ordered the patrol to clear the balconies for the rest of the debate.
But one woman in the supporter balcony refused to leave. She was arrested on suspicion of disobeying a lawful order.
Later in the afternoon, a man was blocking a legislative official from opening a door in the back of the chamber, according to the patrol.
A trooper repeatedly told the man to leave, but he refused. He was arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest and trespassing.
As that was unfolding, a woman tried to push past a trooper and punched him in the chest, security video shows.
She was arrested on suspicion of obstructing a peace officer.
LB 574 bans abortion after 12 weeks and ban gender-affirming surgeries for minors.
Senators passed it 33-15, so it now goes to Gov. Jim Pillen, who is expected to sign it.
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Earlier on Friday, a bipartisan group of senators signed a letter saying that outbursts would not be tolerated.
The letter says it’s fundamental that members of the public have the right to express their views, but it’s also important that the expression is done in a safe and productive manner.