Nebraska motorists might soon be able to apply for license plates with “Choose Life” displayed on them.
Supporters of the proposal overcame a second filibuster Friday and advanced the bill to final reading.
Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha is leading the opposition to the plates.
“This license plate will not advance the welfare of the state,” Chambers told colleagues during legislative floor debate. “There is no compelling state interest involved.”
Chambers said it was wrong for the state to take a side on the abortion issue by creating the “Choose Life” plates, a frequent criticism by opponents.
Only opponents of LB 46 spoke on the issue Friday as they continued a filibuster they began Thursday. Supporters first voted to end the filibuster, then advanced the bill to final reading on a 35-8-5 vote.
Sen. Patty Pansing Brook of Lincoln complained that there are more pressing issues to debate.
“We have so many more important things to deal with: education, the budget, the deficit, human trafficking, juvenile criminal issues. There are so many issues we need to be talking about and now we’re still wasting it on this license plate,” Pansing Brooks told colleagues.
Opponents of the measure failed to stop the bill on the first round. It now needs to pass one more round of voting to go to Gov. Pete Ricketts’ desk.