Delayed Nebraska legislative session resumes

The beginnings of the pandemic-delayed Nebraska Legislature were a microcosm of all that has transpired since the coronavirus reared its head in March.

Senators gathered in a George W. Norris legislative chamber that reflects many a public place with Plexiglas dividers, hand sanitizing stations and signage about what not to touch. Not all senators wore protective facemasks. Omaha Senator Meghan Hunt said 23 of the 49 were not wearing masks in the chamber, though some did some of the time.

As expected, Omaha Senator Ernie Chambers — one of two black senators — brought up a racist flyer the Republican Party sent out to encourage District 1 voters to support incumbent Julie Slama — a gubernatorial appointee — over her opponent Janet Palmtag. The flyer showed a photoshopped picture of Palmtag standing next to Chambers saying she agreed with Ernie.


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