Governor Heineman explains his veto of the "prenatal bill", and some easily-overlooked bills get passed.
Governor Heineman says he vetoed the prenatal bill, because it would provide taxpayer-funded benefits to illegal immigrants.
Governor Dave Heineman
The prenatal bill has become a controversial bill between the governor and the legislature. The legislature defied the governor and approved the bill with 31 votes, despite the governor's threatened veto. The 31-vote total is important, because the legislature needs 30 votes to override a veto. Heineman won't speculate on whether his veto will be sustained or overridden.
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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Despite all the hot-button issues this year, lawmakers have approved low-profile measures that could just as easily show up in the lives of Nebraskans.
Lawmakers will end their session Wednesday with a new law designed to protect bicyclists, a requirement that hospitals offer flu shots to patients during winter months and the chance for customers to buy liquor on Sunday mornings. Some Nebraskans will have more options for broadband service.
All of the measures were approved with little controversy, as lawmakers spent more time debating child welfare reforms and tax policy. Lawmakers will spend their final day trying to override Gov. Dave Heineman's vetoes of a city sales tax bill and a proposal that would restore prenatal care coverage for the unborn children of illegal immigrants.
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