State Board of Education, regents maps advance from first round – Unicameral Update


Proposed modifications to district boundaries pertaining to the University of Nebraska Board of Regents and State Board of Education obtained first-round approval within the Legislature Sept. 24.

LB7 and LB8, launched by the Redistricting Committee, include redistricting plans for the State Board of Education and Board of Regents, respectively.

Currently the 2 our bodies have an identical district boundaries, and parts of three districts are inside Douglas County.

Elkhorn Sen. Lou Ann Linehan, the committee’s chairperson, stated that beneath LB7 and LB8, as launched, Douglas County would have contained parts of 4 districts.

During basic file debate on LB7, Linehan launched a committee modification, adopted 43-0, beneath which the county would include parts of solely three State Board of Education districts.

Sen. Justin Wayne of Omaha, the committee’s vice chairperson, supported the modification. He stated the change would give “more [of] Nebraska a voice to make sure that they’re heard on the State Board of Education.”

Senators voted 44-0 to advance LB7 to pick out file.

Later, throughout basic file debate on LB8, Linehan launched one other modification, adopted 46-0, to make sure that parts of solely three Board of Regents districts are inside Douglas County.

Linehan stated neither modification would transfer any incumbent out of their present district. The modifications would imply, nonetheless, that district boundaries for the 2 our bodies now not could be an identical as a result of of the place incumbents dwell, she stated.

LB8 superior to the second round of debate on a vote of 47-0.