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Ricketts vetoes 2 more bills passed in session's final days

Posted at 6:52 PM, Jun 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-04 19:53:07-04

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts has vetoed two more bills that were passed in the final days of this year’s legislative session.

One of the bills vetoed would have allowed a special committee to develop a plan to get as many people as possible to participate in the 2020 Census.

Ricketts said Tuesday that the bill gives inappropriate authority to a single program with no guidance, parameters, duties or goals. He notes that many local government and organizations already have “Complete Count” committees in place.

The second vetoed bill sought to reduce taxes on military housing. Ricketts says he doesn’t object to the proposed policy, but was advised by the Nebraska attorney general’s office that it’s likely unconstitutional.

The 2019 session ended on Friday, so lawmakers can’t override either veto.