Sen. Beau McCoy of Omaha claims vindication for supporters of requiring Nebraska voters to display photo IDs in wake of the Supreme Court decision to let a similar Wisconsin law stand.
Nebraska lawmakers, in effect, defeated the measure last month.
“Members, that issue may be dead for this session, but I will assure you it is not dead in future sessions,” McCoy tells colleagues during debate on another matter.
McCoy says the Supreme Court decision speaks volumes about efforts across the country to require voters display photo identification to cast a ballot.
Wisconsin passed its law in 2011. Though the U.S. Supreme Court in 2008 cleared the way for states to approve voter photo ID laws, it still is hearing challenges to various laws. Though The Supreme Court passed on the Wisconsin law, other legal challenges to similar laws remain active.
But McCoy’s take on the Supreme Court ruling riles Senator Burke Harr of Omaha, who claims the action doesn’t apply to Nebraska.
“There were three justices who overturned a lower court ruling,” Harr tells colleagues. “That’s what happened. It was not a Supreme Court ruling. It was a Court of Appeals ruling in a separate district.”
The Unicameral in February approved a motion to shelve LB 111 this session, a parliamentary move that effectively killed the bill.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]