A special legislative committee meets this morning at the Capitol to decide what disciplinary action it might recommend the Unicameral take against Sen. Bill Kintner of Papillion.
Kintner has admitted to using his official, state-owned computer to engage in cybersex while on a business trip in Boston last year.
The Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission fined Kintner $1,000 for misuse of his official laptop.
Now, the legislature deals with the case.
First, the Executive Board of the Legislative Council meets to discuss the case.
Speaker of the Legislature, Sen. Galen Hadley of Kearney, sits on the board. He says he has no idea what the board might recommend to the Unicameral. He does, though, want to see the current legislative body deal with it and not push the case onto the new legislature, which begins meeting in January.
“We’ve got some serious problems that we have to deal with. So, we don’t need to spend hours talking about the actions of a senator,” Hadley says there is no doubt the session next year will be distracted by the case, eating up valuable time on the matter.
Hadley has joined Gov. Pete Ricketts in calling on Kintner to resign. So far, Kintner has refused. Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha, a long-time opponent of Kintner’s, has vowed to read the Nebraska State Patrol transcript on the Kintner case during floor debate. Chambers has already released a number of pieces that mock Kintner.
A special session might have to be called for this legislature to deal with Kintner and that’s fine with Hadley.
“I would vote for a special session, because I truly believe if that’s the only way we can keep this from going forward to next year, I would vote to have a special session.”
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]