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Nebraska Legislative Assembly filibuster enters third week as progress continues to stall

LINCOLN, Nebraska (Nebraska) — The Nebraska Legislature is in its third week of a one-woman filibuster.

Omaha Senator Machaela Cavanaugh has vowed to object to anything and everything if she thinks the rest of the body doesn’t step in.

“I’m going to get back to reading letters from people who oppose LB574,” Kavanaugh said. “I am the parent of a transgender son. Our journey began when he was 17.”

LB574 will prohibit gender-affirming care for transgender youth. Senator Kavanaugh says she will continue to stand in the way of bills she says legitimizes hate.

“The legislature knows no better than the medical community about what treatment is appropriate, and no more than people living with experience and their caregivers,” she said.

Supporters say the bill’s goal is to protect young people from making irreversible decisions too quickly.

At this stage they refuse to pull the bill. Senator Cavanaugh says she will give up on the pirates if they do.

“We don’t need a multi-million dollar ad campaign about how big Nebraska is if we don’t have hate and divisive measures,” said Sen. Danielle Conrad of Lincoln. “If we can rise to the challenge, silence the loudest voices on both sides of the political spectrum, do the work for the people, and take on the biggest challenges of Nebraska.”

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