Allegations of Vote Trading in Unicameral

In theory it sounds like this, "I'll vote for your bill... If you vote for mine." It's sounds like vote trading and it could be playing a part in Nebraska politics.

It involves three bills, one which has been vetoed and two which Governor Dave Heineman has said he will veto.

Now, in an effort to make them law rumors are going around the State Capitol about a coalition of senators to get votes.

Whether it's true or not, the governor fears Nebraska lawmakers who represent you are trading votes to resuscitate their vetoed bills

In a press conference Tuesday morning Gov. Heineman said, "I'm always worried about veto overrides until I see they don't have 30 votes, so yeah, especially when I hear there's some vote trading going on."

The alleged backroom deals, would resurrect bills involving betting on historic horse races, sales tax increases if approved by voters and prenatal care for illegal immigrants. All ideas the Governor Heineman wants to kill.

Pat Loontjer the Executive Director of Gambling with the Good Life says, "We've heard rumors that there have been deals cut, and this is extremely disappointing. This is not the integrity and honor that we believe this body should possess."

Two of the senators who voted against the historic horse race betting, say they won't cave to peer pressure.

Sen. Bill Avery of Lincoln says, "I'm opposed to expanded gambling for good reason and my reasons are economic reasons, it's just negative economic activity, you can't change that, by offering me something on another bill."

Sen. Dave Bloomfield adds, "I have not been approached, it would be futile to try approach me, my mind is pretty well set on this issue. Nebraskans have voted repeatedly not to support expanded gambling and this is expanded gambling."

The historic horse racing bill gained final round approval in the Unicameral last week on a 26-18 vote. Governor Heineman vetoed it Monday. In order to override the veto, senators need 30 votes.


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