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  • Gov. Ricketts Names CIO

    May 29, 2015

    Lincoln – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts announced Ed Toner as the new Chief Information Officer for the State of Nebraska. His appointment comes at the conclusion of a search for a director who will assist the Governor with initiatives to utilize technology to better deliver government services.

    Toner currently serves as the Director of IT Global Information and Operations at First Data in Omaha. In this position, he led a team of IT architects and performance... read more

  • Gov. Ricketts' Statement on the Legislature's Decision to Give Driver Licenses to Illegal Immigrants

    May 28, 2015

    This afternoon, Governor Pete Ricketts issued the following statement after the Legislature’s decision to override his veto of LB623, which grants driver licenses to illegal immigrants.

  • Gov. Ricketts Comments on WOTUS Rule

    May 27, 2015

    Today, Governor Pete Ricketts issued the following statement after hearing about the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision to release its Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule.

    “Today’s decision by the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers to release the final WOTUS rule is bad policy,” Gov. Ricketts said. “It is clear the Administration failed to listen to the concerns of Nebraska’s agriculture and business communities. This rule has the potential to saddle our farmers,... read more

  • Gov. Ricketts Condemns the Legislature's Decision to Repeal the Death Penalty

    May 27, 2015

    This afternoon, Governor Pete Ricketts issued a statement following the Legislature’s decision to repeal the death penalty in Nebraska.

    “My words cannot express how appalled I am that we have lost a critical tool to protect law enforcement and Nebraska families,” said Governor Ricketts. “While the Legislature has lost touch with the citizens of Nebraska, I will continue to stand with Nebraskans and law enforcement on this important issue.”

  • Gov. Ricketts' Vetoes Death Penalty Repeal

    May 26, 2015

    Lincoln – This afternoon, Governor Pete Ricketts vetoed LB268, a bill which would repeal the death penalty in Nebraska. The bill also attempts to repeal the sentences of convicted murderers currently sitting on death row. Governor Ricketts announced his veto at a veto-signing ceremony held at the Nebraska State Capitol at 3:00pm today.

    Governor Ricketts was joined at the ceremony by Attorney General Doug Peterson, family members of a victim of the 2002 Norfolk bank... read more

  • Gov. Ricketts’ Memorial Day Statement

    May 24, 2015

    Today, Governor Pete Ricketts issued the following statement in observance of Memorial Day:

    “This Memorial Day, Nebraskans across our state will pause to commemorate those who lost their lives in service to our country. The recent deaths of two Nebraskans who served selflessly and honorably makes this year’s Memorial Day holiday especially poignant. Susanne and I encourage all Nebraskans to honor and remember the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice by giving their lives... read more

  • Nebraskans React to Legislature's Decision to Repeal the Death Penalty

    May 22, 2015

    KETV: Ricketts: Legislature 'way out of touch' with Nebraskans

    “The Legislature is out of touch with Nebraskans on their vote to repeal the death penalty. The overwhelming majority of Nebraskans support the death penalty because they understand that it is an important tool for public safety. I will continue to work with senators to sustain my veto when I issue it.”

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