Gov. Pete Ricketts denies allegations leveled by some legislators that he has interfered with the legislative process this session.
Ricketts rejects notions that he has meddled in the legislature’s business this year.
“I’ve worked with the legislature every session to work on the priorities of the people of Nebraska and this session has been no different,” Ricketts tells reporters during a news conference on another topic.
Critics point to Ricketts’ insertion of language into the budget that restrict federal Title X family planning money from going to clinics which perform abortions as a prime example of overreach by the executive branch.
The language remains though several senators railed against it.
“On the particular thing with regard to Title X, I want to thank Speaker Scheer for his leadership and congratulate him on getting a resolution to it,” Ricketts says. “And, again, we just work with senators all the time on these things. So, there’s really been nothing different this session versus any other session.”
Legislators Wednesday advanced the adjustments to the $8.8 billion state budget to Final Reading. LB 944 was held up for a week as legislators wrangled over the Title X language. Though a compromise was struck, several legislators harshly criticized the governor’s role in the legislation.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]