LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A new appointee to the Nebraska Legislature has backed out less than five hours after Gov. Dave Heineman announced his appointment. Patrick M. Shannon decided not to take the position today after news broke that he owes the state $16,000 for campaign-disclosure violations from when he ran for the Legislature in 2004. He was fined for failing to report expenditures and contributions related to an anonymous mailing that accused his opponent of domestic abuse.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - State Sen. Amanda McGill says she expects to announce by the end of the year whether she's going to run for Nebraska state auditor. The Lincoln Democrat said today that she's 90 percent sure she'll run to replace auditor Mike Foley, who is running for governor. McGill says she wants to continue Foley's focus on government mismanagement and waste.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Starting next year, Nebraska lawyers will not be forced to pay for lobbying and other programs run by the state bar association. The change comes with a Nebraska Supreme Court ruling that was issued today on a petition by a state lawmaker who wanted to make paying annual dues to the Nebraska Bar Association voluntary. Sen. Scott Lautenbaugh objected to mandatory dues being used for political, ideological and other non-germane activities.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A longtime administrator for the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality has been chosen as the agency's new acting director. Gov. Dave Heineman announced today that he has named assistant director Pat Rice for the job, effective Dec. 20. The 61-year-old Rice will replace Mike Linder, who is leaving to take a job with an Omaha law firm.
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