A change in Nebraska’s “good time” law was front and center when the Legislature started this year’s session but lost a lot of steam in the days and week’s that followed. Omaha State Senator Pete Pirsch co-sponsored the bill along with Omaha State Senator Scott Lautenbaugh on behalf of Attorney General Jon Bruning and Governor Dave Heineman that would have changed the law so inmates would have to actually earn their good time instead of it automatically granted. Senator Pirsch says they tried to fight a good fight but the bill was held up in committee.
Senator Pirsch says the committee is the “gate keeper” and only they can advance a bill to the floor for debate. He says there was too much opposition. One of the main arguments was prison overcrowding.
Senator Pirsch is uncertain if the bill will be brought up again next session as he is running for Attorney General and Senator Lautenbaugh is not eligible for re-election due to term limits.