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Supreme Court orders Nebraska to compensate Kansas in water dispute
February 24, 2015
The US Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the state of Nebraska to pay Kansas $5.5 million, settling a long dispute over water use from the Republican River. The river originates in Colorado, runs through Nebraska and ends in Kansas. In a compact reached in 1943, 49 percent of the river's water was al....... [more]

US House passes Keystone XL pipeline bill
February 12, 2015
The US House of Representatives passed the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act Wednesday and sent the bill to President Barack Obama, who has vowed to veto the legislation. The bill passed the House by a vote of 270-152 and passed the Senate two weeks by a vote of 62-36, meaning neither chamber passed....... [more]

Senate approves Keystone XL Pipeline bill
January 30, 2015
The US Senate on Thursday approved the Keystone XL Pipeline Bill, which proposes development of a 1,179 mile pipeline for the transmission of crude oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. The Republican-led Senate approved the bill in a 62 to 36 vote, with only nine Democrats joining the Republican....... [more]

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]




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