State tournament pushes midpoint to hit with Nebraska


Lincoln, Nebraska (AP) — Friday, Nebraska will be the 17th state to call for a convention of states considering changes to the U.S. Constitution, halving its goal of acquiring the 34 states needed to trigger the convention. I put a supporter.

Nebraska Legislatures gave final approval of the bill with 32-10 votes. 3 days after Wisconsin I passed a similar proposal.

The 17 states passed so far are generally Republican-led and concentrated in the South. In the other eight states, the bill has passed at least one legislative chamber. The National Treaty movement is associated with the Tea Party movement and is endorsed by many prominent conservatives.

Opponents expressed concern about the country’s founding document and the runaway treaty that could bring about dramatic changes in the freedom it protects.

Senator Steve Halloran, the bill’s sponsor, said he pushed the bill out of concerns about growing government bonds under the presidents of both parties. He said he heard strong support from members around his central Nebraska district and the state.

“Functionally, the founding father intended the state to be on an equal footing with Congress,” said Haroran of Hastings. “It’s important to me. I think it’s a matter of national sovereignty.”

Like other state resolutions, Nebraska’s call aims to impose financial constraints on the federal government, limit federal power and jurisdiction, and impose term limits on parliament. The Nebraska bill was passed and the bill expired in February 2027 after supporters agreed to add a five-year sunset.

Proponents also needed to come up with 33 votes to overcome the legislative filibuster from opponents. It’s a resolution, not a bill, so it doesn’t require Governor Pete Ricketts’ approval, although Republican Governor has expressed support in the past.

Some lawmakers argued that the treaty could widen the political division of the country and eventually backfire on Nebraska, leading to changes that hurt the country.

“How do they balance their budgets? Do they chase the farm program first?” Asked Senator Steve Lathrop of Omaha.

Senator Megan Hunt of Omaha was concerned that the subcommittee would try to influence the process and argued that he should focus more on protecting voting rights.

“If we can maintain it, if we can protect it, we have good democracy,” she said.

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