Voters Reject $10,500 Raise for Nebraska Lawmakers

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Nebraska voters have rejected a measure that called for giving the state's 49 senators their first pay raise since 1988.

Voters on Tuesday turned down the proposed constitutional amendment that would have boosted lawmakers' pay to $22,500 from the current $12,000 annual salary.

Omaha Sen. Scott Lautenbaugh says he proposed the amendment because he believes a raise is overdue. Plus, higher pay could make it possible for more Nebraskans to consider running.

Gov. Dave Heineman opposed the raises, saying lawmakers proved they didn't deserve more money when they overrode his veto last session of a bill providing prenatal care benefits to illegal immigrant women.

Some lawmakers argued they were obligated to support the prenatal care bill because of their opposition to abortion and belief in the sanctity of life.