Voters Expand Public Official Impeachment Rules

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Nebraskans have approved a measure that adds campaign misdeeds to the reasons elected officials can be impeached.

Before Tuesday's vote, elected officials could only be impeached for actions they took while in office.

The measure was placed on ballot by the Legislature.

Sen. Bill Avery of Lincoln sponsored the impeachment measure to close a loophole exposed by the case of former University of Nebraska Regent David Hergert.

Hergert was impeached and removed from office for manipulating campaign finance laws when he ran for election in 2004.

Avery says the only reason Hergert was able to be impeached was that he signed a false campaign finance report after taking office.