As the Nebraska legislature begins its first full week, key lawmakers are starting to introduce bills that don’t have something to do with the budget and the state’s precarious financial situation. Senator Cap Dierks, of Ewing, says he expects more discussion soon on a host of social issues, like abortion.
“The abortion issue always has a place,” Dierks says. “There always seems to be a need for some help. I still have a bill in there that I introduced last year that’s still in committee that would deal with the issue. It would require regular medical tests, like you do for any other medical procedure, before performing an abortion.”
Late last year, the state Board of Regents decided to allow continued research involving human stem cells. Dierks says that was unexpected move. “The legislature’s been pretty insistent on the stem cell thing,” he says. “They haven’t relaxed their grip on that thing. We were surprised at the way that turned out in the Regents. We thought we had that pretty well locked up.”
Dierks is also anticipating more discussion on wind power expansions. He says development is on track, but it’s not moving fast enough for everyone to be pleased. “We’re awfully proud of public power being owned by the citizens of the state,” Dierks says. “We don’t want to see that damaged or hurt in any way. Some of the things people want to do would take some of their authority away. We’ll just have to see how that plays out but I think it’s going to be difficult to make a great big change in that.”
Thanks to Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton