Under a bill passing first round consideration in the Legislature, signature requirements for people wanting to get on the ballot would change. Non-partisan candidates like Legislature and Board of Regent candidates would not have to get signatures from across their districts, only a certain number. Partisan candidates like the Governor would have to get more signatures, but not from all three congressional districts. Senator Ken Schilz of Ogallala of says it isn’t right.
“I just think that it’s a good idea for those candidates that have to travel over those miles to get out in front of the people that they’re going to represent, I think it’s important.”
Senator Bill Avery of Lincoln is carrying the bill and says the current method of getting signatures is being challenged in court under the equal protection clause of the constitution. He says not passing the bill could cost the state 100-thousand dollars in lawyer fees.