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Gov. Ricketts Vetoes Three Bills

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Gov. Ricketts Vetoes Three Bills


Read the veto messages.
LB 436e Letter.pdf
LB 470e Letter.pdf


LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts vetoed LB 436e, LB 470e, and LB 470Ae. 


“As the Department of Commerce notes in the 2020 Census Complete Count Committee Guide, Complete Count Committees (CCC) are volunteer committees.  The cities of Grand Island, Lexington, Lincoln, Norfolk, Omaha, and Schuyler, Sarpy County, the Karen Society of Nebraska-Lincoln Chapter and the South Platte United Chambers of Commerce have each created local Complete Count Committees,” wrote Governor Ricketts in his veto message for LB 436e.  “LB 436e gives inappropriate authority to a single program within the University system to create a statewide Complete Count Committee without any guidance, parameters, duties or goals from the state.”


The Governor also invited State Senators to join him in encouraging constituents to participate in the 2020 Census.


“I consulted with the Nebraska Attorney General on whether LB 470e was unconstitutional under the Nebraska Constitution,” wrote Governor Ricketts in his veto message for LB 470e and LB 470Ae.  “Ensuring legislation complies with the limits established by the Constitution is our primary obligation to Nebraskans.  While I have no specific objections to the underlying policy contained within LB 470e, I will not sign a bill that the Attorney General has found violates the Nebraska Constitution.”


You can read Governor Ricketts’ veto messages,
LB 436e Letter.pdf
LB 470e Letter.pdf