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Nebraska Supreme Court upholds legislation in favor of Keystone XL pipeline
January 9, 2015
The Nebraska Supreme Court ruled Friday that the Keystone XL pipeline route may be approved by Governor Dave Heineman without review by the Nebraska Public Service Commission (NPSC). This decision came through an appeal "from the district court's judgment that determined L.B. 1161, which the Legisl....... [more]

Oklahoma, Nebraska challenge Colorado marijuana law
December 19, 2014
Oklahoma and Nebraska filed a lawsuit against neighboring Colorado on Thursday over the new marijuana market, claiming the state-regulated recreational marijuana shops are piping marijuana into neighboring states where marijuana is illegal. In the lawsuit, filed directly with the US Supreme Court ....... [more]

ACLU challenges Nebraska same-sex marriage ban
November 19, 2014
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the ACLU of Nebraska and the Nebraska law firm Koenig| Dunne on Monday filed a lawsuit challenging Nebraska's exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage. The lawsuit, which was filed in the US District Court for the District of Nebraska, was drafted in....... [more]

Supreme Court hears arguments on water rights, antitrust
October 14, 2014
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases Tuesday. In Kansas v. Nebraska and Colorado the court is tasked with deciding whether Nebraska violated a compact apportioning the waters of the Republican River between Kansas, Nebraska and Colorado, and, if so, what relief is appropriate to re....... [more]

Nebraska judge strikes down state law that allowed Keystone XL pipeline
February 20, 2014
A judge for the Third Judicial District Court of Nebraska on Wednesday struck down a law that allowed the controversial Keystone XL pipeline to pass through the state. The law, LB 1161 was passed by the Nebraska legislature in 2012 and amended the Major Oil Pipeline Siting Act (MOPSA) allowing an al....... [more]

Nebraska voters reaffirm ordinance denying housing to undocumented immigrants
February 12, 2014
Residents of Fremont, Nebraska, voted on Tuesday to reaffirm Ordinance 5165, which prohibits harboring, hiring or renting to undocumented immigrants. The law was initially approved in 2010, but its implementation was delayed during a federal lawsuit over the law's constitutionality. Last year a t....... [more]

In the Best Interest of the Child: Arguing For LGBT Adoption Rights in Nebraska
September 26, 2013
JURIST Guest Columnist Amy Miller of the ACLU Nebraska discusses the recent challenge to Nebraska's ban on same-sex couple's rights to adopt and serve as foster parents...Those practicing in family law—no matter which state you're in—are used to one simple formulation in cases involving ch....... [more]

ACLU challenges Nebraska ban on gay and lesbian foster parents
August 27, 2013
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on Tuesday challenging a Nebraska policy banning gay and lesbian people from becoming foster parents. The complaint was filed at a state court in Lincoln on behalf of three same-sex couples who claim the policy violates their right to equal protecti....... [more]

Federal appeals court affirms city law denying housing to undocumented immigrants
June 30, 2013
A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit on Friday ruled that a Fremont, Nebraska ordinance that bans renting to undocumented immigrants is constitutional. The panel held that the ordinance does not have an "impermissible effect by removing a class of aliens from the cit....... [more]

President Truman appointed members to military tribunal for punishing war crimes
June 24, 2013
On June 24, 1947, US President Harry Truman appointed two state court justices to serve on a military tribunal for the punishment of war crimes in Germany. President Truman selected Edward Carter, an associate justice of the Supreme Court of Nebraska, and Curtis Shake, a former judge of the Supreme....... [more]

ACLU challenges Nebraska order denying driver's licenses to certain immigrants
June 12, 2013
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the ACLU of Nebraska filed a lawsuit Monday against Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman and the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles challenging the governor's decision to deny driver's licenses to young people who have been legally authorized to remain in....... [more]