An attempted compromise on the teen-age politician measure cannot overcome a procedural roadblock.
Sen. Adam Morfeld of Lincoln proposed limiting LR 26 CA only to candidates for the legislature.
“I urge you to support the bill and AM 2204,” Morfeld told colleagues during legislative debate, reflecting a compromise he and the measure’s sponsor, Sen. Tyson Larson of O’Neill, reached.
During earlier legislative debate, some senators indicated they might support the measure if limited to legislative candidates. Larson shifted his stance that the minimum age should be applied to all elective offices and agreed to Morfeld’s amendment to leave out candidates for statewide offices, such as governor.
The effort at compromise failed to sway Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha.
“I shall not yield,” Chambers responded during floor debate. “You’re not going to have an opportunity to vote on those amendments.”
Chambers adamantly opposed the constitutional amendment, which would have gone to a vote of the people if the Unicameral would have approved it. He mounted the filibuster against it.
As the clock ticked down to a vote for cloture, Chambers seized the moment and threw procedural motion after procedural motion at it, effectively tying up the final hour of debate, blocking any attempts to amend the measure in an effort to win more support.
Chambers turned harshly critical of the sponsor.
“Sen. Larson throughout has been obdurate, mulish, stubborn, because he thought he could force something through,” Chambers said.
Chambers’ criticism brought a response from Larson.
“Sen. Chambers calls me mulish,” Larson told colleagues. “I would say, Sen. Chambers you are the one that’s being mulish in the sense that you won’t let Sen. Morfeld’s amendment to compromise to come to a vote.”
Larson could not move Chambers, who kept the Morfeld amendment from coming to the floor for debate. Larson also failed to break the filibuster, falling seven votes short of the total needed for cloture.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [1:05]