Gov. Pete Ricketts has requested the resignation of Papillion Senator Bill Kintner if allegations are true that there was a sexually explicit video that included himself on his state computer.
Speaker of the Legislature Senator Galen Hadley says the Accountability and Disclosure Commission is currently investigating the accusation.
Hadley says if the accusations are true and Kintner doesn’t resign there are actions that can be taken.
Senator Hadley says, “We do have a provision to expel a senator from the body. It is my understanding it might have been used once in the 80 year history of the Unicameral and it is a very vague statute, a very vague rule so we would be breaking new ground in doing that. If it were to come to that I would hope that Senator Kintner would not put the Legislature through that kind of process.”
According to Nebraska law, public officials cannot use their state computers for personal activity. Senator Hadley says, “It is one thing to maybe use your computer to send a political email or something like that which you can get fined for. If it is a sexual matter I think it rises to another level.”
There are reports that someone contacted a state official wanting to sell the alleged video involving Senator Kintner. That information was given to the governor’s office last year. Senator Hadley has spoken with Senator Kintner Monday who will not make a statement while the incident is under investigation. The allegation has been under investigation since last October and that has many lawmakers and others concerned what has taken so long to reach a decision. Senator Hadley says an answer is expected Friday.