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The next step for the legislature if Senator Kintner does not resign

Posted at 5:43 PM, Sep 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-07 18:52:30-04

The clock is ticking for State Senator Bill Kintner to resign and give voters a chance to elect somebody else, or stay course and continue to fight for his job.

Governor Ricketts has asked for Senator Kintner's resignation several times, and in August, he and Senator Galen Hadley had asked Kintner to resign before September 8th.

If he resigns or is removed from office after the 8th, then the people will not be able to elect his replacement.

“The dates are critical, I think we are past the point where we can have an election with people's names on the ballot,” said Executive Board Chairman, Senator Bob Krist.

Krist said the next step is getting the legislative party together, and they can avoid a special session to do that.

“We don't have to do a special session, we can meet as an executive council, which we are scheduled to do in November, that subject matter with come up in the agenda.”

Senator Krist said that Senator Kintner's computer is being monitored.

“What this situation has created is an awareness, we have some chinks in the armor.  We are now looking at the computer policy, and the user agreement, we need to get tougher and avoid this from happening again,” said Krist.

Krist also said that the legislature also needs to focus on other important issues, namely the budget.

“At this time I think the conversation needs to shift to the things that are important to the state.”

If Kintner does not resign, and no special session is called, the next time the senators can discuss the situation is in November.