Gov. Pete Ricketts has vetoed a bill that would change how Nebraska draws political boundaries after the decennial census.
Ricketts charges that LB 580 would remove redistricting authority from the Unicameral and hand it to an unelected group of commissioners appointed by political parties.
“Under our state law, the people’s elected representatives in our non-partisan legislature are responsible for handling redistricting. While redistricting can be a tough process, handing this authority over to an unconstitutional, unelected, and unaccountable bureaucratic board, which will be appointed based on political party affiliation, is outside the spirit and tradition of our non-partisan Unicameral Legislature,” Ricketts said in a written statement released by his office.
“Because selections for this commission will be made based upon party affiliation, the appointees to this board are highly likely to be party insiders, who know how to draw districts to favor their friends and political allies. LB580 unnecessarily grows government by creating an unelected and unaccountable board and opens up our redistricting process to political cronyism. I am vetoing this bill today to keep the voices of Nebraskans in the redistricting process,” according to Ricketts.
The Unicameral approved the bill on a 29-15 vote, which would be one shy of the total needed to override a veto.
The Unicameral returns Wednesday to consider vetoes.