Nebraskans might soon be able to buy a personalized license plate with “Choose Life” on it.
Legislators approved LB 46, sponsored by Sen. Dan Watermeier of Syracuse, on a 35-to-5 vote after overcoming one last filibuster waged by Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha.
Chambers claimed during legislative floor debate the bill undermines the integrity of the legislature by allowing the Catholic Church to dictate policy.
“The defeat is to the idea that churches should not be able to impose their will in this legislature. That vote was a demonstration that exactly this thing which is reprehensible has been achieved,” Chambers stated during a rare filibuster on final reading.
Money raised from the “Choose Life” plates will go toward welfare benefits for the poor.
If signed by the governor, the plates will become available next year.
Others joined Chambers in decrying the political nature of the “Choose Life” plates.
“If we go down what is clearly political speech, an endorsement of it by the state, you just can bet that we’re going to see more of these proposals and they’re going to be controversial and we’re going to spend time arguing about them,” Sen. Paul Schumacher of Columbus stated during legislative debate Monday.
Supporters first had to overcome a filibuster, which they had to do on each of the three rounds of consideration. They then approved the bill and sent it to Gov. Pete Ricketts.