Feb 04, 2020 7:42 PM

Proposal that could grow Nebraska Legislature hits roadblock

Posted Feb 04, 2020 7:42 PM

A proposal that could allow Nebraska's Legislature to expand from 49 to 55 senators has hit a wave of opposition.

The proposal by Speaker of the Legislature Jim Scheer would give voters the chance to increase the maximum number of state lawmakers in Nebraska.

If voters approved the ballot measure in the November election, lawmakers would then need to pass a bill to increase their ranks.

Scheer says he introduced the measure to ensure that rural constituents have easier access to their elected representatives.

Some lawmakers raised concerns about the cost of adding more senators.

Adding more senators could also boost the Republican majority in the officially nonpartisan Legislature.

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Murder defendant in Fall River County to represent himself

A defendant facing a murder charge in Fall River County has decided to represent himself after dismissing two lawyers.

Twenty-nine-year-old Thomas Lucero was indicted by a grand jury in September 2017 on a first-degree or alternate second-degree murder charge. He's accused of fatally shooting Moses Dubray in the head in January 2017.

Dubray was found dead near state Highway 89 after walking away from the Rapid City Community Work Center.

Lucero is currently serving a 12-year sentence for a first-degree robbery in Minnehaha County.

Assistant Attorney General Scott Roetzel tells the Rapid City Journal it's "highly unique" for a murder defendant to proceed without a defense lawyer.