A vote could come today in the Unicameral on whether Nebraska voters will decide if 18-year-olds should be allow to run for public office.
A filibuster has held up LR 26 CA, a constitutional amendment which would allow 18-year-olds to run for public office. If the legislature approves the measure, it would be placed on the ballot for voters to decide.
Sen. Dave Bloomfield of Hoskins questioned during legislative floor debate whether someone that young has the life experience needed to be governor.
“The question that arises is have they gained enough life experience to lead a state like Nebraska?” Bloomfield asked. “I think the answer there is probably not.”
The sponsor of the measure, Sen. Tyson Larson of O’Neill, dismissed Bloomfield’s standard.
“Who are we to judge what are and are not enough of life experiences?” Larson asked. “Who are we to judge what somebody has been through when we don’t know what they’ve been through?”
Bloomfield suggested the measure might find more support if it were limited to candidates for the Unicameral. Members of the state Supreme Court would not be affected, but everyone else running for office, even gubernatorial candidates as well as candidates for attorney general, would be included.
A vote to end the filibuster could come later today.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]