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Nebraska state senator proposes to convict filibuster colleague

LINCOLN, Nebraska (Nebraska) – A Nebraska state senator on Wednesday proposed condemnation of her filibuster colleague for her polarizing characterization of the trans youth bill as lawmakers continued to express their displeasure at the continued disruption of the day-to-day business of the Legislature.

After days of opposition from others at Unicameral over continued piracy by state senator Machala Kavanaugh, one opposition figure said the Omaha senator had crossed a line.

State Senator Julie Slama of Sterling offered to convict Kavanaugh on Wednesday for calling the transfer of LB574 akin to genocide. A bill introduced by state senator Kathleen Caut of Omaha would ban gender reassignment care for transgender youth.

“I want us to vote on these bills, and I want the record in the history of this genocide to be for those who stood for it, for those who had the opportunity to change the course of history, the direction in which we are moving as a state and as a country. I want a record. I want the bloodied hands to be recorded. This is genocide. It is an attack on a group of people because they are different from you.”

Today I filed a motion to convict Senator M. Kavanaugh (D).

Senator Kavanaugh compared the Women’s Sports Protection Bill to genocide and then made flippant remarks about genocide. She repeatedly stated that “The Nebraska Legislature is committing genocide” when introducing this bill. (1/4)

— Senator Julie Slama (@SenatorSlama) March 15, 2023

Slama’s call to action sparked a discussion on the issue.

When the session resumed, Speaker John Arch of La Vista declared that the Legislature would not deal with the issue, and the session resumed with state senators Daniel Conrad and Jan Day to rebuke colleagues for their attempt to silence another senator.

Kavanaugh promised to filibuster every score before the end of the session, which means that she can pull for eight hours in a row.

Nebraska State Senator Machaela Cavanaugh

As the senators approached the last half of the current session — the middle was on Tuesday — Arch told the senators they would work through the night starting March 28 to get better.

Senators were notified Tuesday to be ready for late nights starting at the end of the month as there are a number of bills that have yet to come before the committee. The night schedule is expected to be released on Thursday.

The committee hearings will end the week after Friday.

This is an evolving story. Stay with 6 News for updates.

Associate Director of News Cassie Crow and Chief Digital Officer Gina Dvorak contributed to this report.

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