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Nebraska lawmakers fed up after 3 weeks of filibustering, want rules changed

LINCOLN, Neb. (Nebraska) — Nebraska lawmakers say something needs to change, following the three-week filibuster that led to a scan this legislative session.

Senator Tom Brewer tells Channel 8 many lawmakers want new rules to prevent this from happening again.

He says their patience is wearing thin and the people who contact them are also fed up.

This all comes after Sen. Machaela Cavanaugh agreed to pause her filibuster Thursday.

He had earlier vowed to “burn the session to the ground” over legislation that would impact transgender youth.

Senator Brewer says there is a long list of bills that people want to pass, but haven’t because there haven’t been enough votes over the past five years to end the filibuster.

Brewer adds the governor’s goal to overhaul how we fund schools, while reducing the size and cost of our state government depends on getting enough votes.

He says, “Many good bills fell short by just a vote or two in the last six years I’ve been in office. We now finally have the votes to pass many of these ideas, if senators stick to their hometown values ​​when it comes time to vote on legislation.

Senator Brewer is also leading the charge to pass the so-called constitutional carrying bill, which would allow people to bring concealed weapons into Nebraska without a permit.

Lawmakers voted to advance the measure earlier this month, with the help of two Democrats.

Senators Justin Wayne and Terrell McKinney, who are the only black lawmakers in the legislature, say there is racial disparity in gun law enforcement.

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