Articles by Grant Schulte

Nebraska Lawmakers Say ‘No’ to Mandated Virus Protections for Meat Workers

Nebraska lawmakers have rejected state-mandated coronavirus protections for meatpacking workers, with opponents arguing that slaughterhouses have already taken precautions and that the pandemic is nearly over. Lawmakers voted, 25-18, to sideline the measure for the rest of the year, even …

Nebraska Medical Marijuana Legalization Bill Meets Resistance

A bill to legalize and tightly regulate medical marijuana hit a wall of resistance in the Nebraska Legislature on May 12, even though some opponents acknowledged that rejecting it will pave the way for a much less restrictive ballot measure …

Nebraska Legislation Shielding Businesses from COVID Lawsuits Advances

A sweeping bill that would shield Nebraska businesses and local governments from coronavirus-related lawsuits won initial approval from state lawmakers on May 11, despite complaints that senators haven’t done enough for workers who were at risk. Lawmakers advanced the proposal, …

State Sues Nebraska Ethanol Plant, Citing Pollution, Non-Compliance

State regulators have filed a lawsuit accusing a Nebraska ethanol plant of repeatedly failing to comply with their orders to clean up wastewater and old, pesticide-laced seed corn. The lawsuit comes amid growing complaints about the AltEn plant near Mead, …

Highway Safety Advocates Urge Nebraska to Tighten Slack Seat Belt Law

Highway safety advocates are urging Nebraska lawmakers to tighten state seat belt requirements that are among the loosest in the nation. Nebraska is one of nine states that only require seat belts for front-seat passengers, according to the National Conference …

Nebraska Lawmakers Reject Bid for More Safety Restrictions at Meatpacking Plants

Nebraska’s meatpacking plants won’t have to worry about any new safety restrictions this year, despite outbreaks of the coronavirus among their workers, after a state lawmaker on July 29 failed to secure enough support for the idea. Sen. Tony Vargas, …

Tax Break for Hiring Felons Included in Nebraska Bill

Nebraska businesses that hire felons could get a tax break under a measure that’s designed to make it easier for them to get jobs and reduce the likelihood they’ll re-offend. Supporters say the bill before Nebraska lawmakers would encourage employers …

Nebraska’s Emergency Management Agency Strained by Record Floods

Nebraska state emergency officials who faced record floods this summer are now scrambling to boost their ranks with more workers to help residents recover and rebuild their communities. The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency plans to hire 17 new employees in …

Despite New Law, Nebraska Not Expected to See Self-Driving Cars Soon

Nebraska lawmakers may have cleared the way for companies to test self-driving vehicles with a law passed earlier this year, but don’t expect a large number to hit the streets anytime soon. Although industry officials say Nebraska has positioned itself …

Nebraska Lawmakers Eye State as Test Site for Self-Driving Cars

Nebraska lawmakers could open the door to self-driving cars and trucks this year with new legislation designed to attract the industry while maintaining public safety. A legislative committee is considering two measures that would let researchers test self-driving vehicles in …