A warning issued prior to the vote on the second override of the governor in as many days failed to sway votes in the Unicameral.
Sen. Bill Kintner of Papillion fought to sustain Gov. Pete Ricketts’ veto of LB 623, the bill allowing youth brought to the country illegally when young to apply for a Nebraska driver’s license.
At one point, Kintner warned conservatives in the legislature about the political consequences of their votes, both on the driver’s license bill and the death penalty repeal bill the day before.
“You can’t run from your record. This is the information age. Your record’s going to follow you everywhere,” Kintner warned. “These votes that you take will be thrown in your face.”
Kintner tied both override votes together.
Yet, Sen. Jeremy Nordquist of Omaha, in his closing on the override debate over LB 623, urged senators to look beyond politics.
“I hope you don’t vote to sustain a veto out of those type of threats,” Nordquist said. “I hope you think about the policy and the positive impacts here.”
Despite the warning, lawmakers overrode the governor on LB 623 the day after overriding the governor on LB 268.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]