Nebraska Parole Bill Advances After Explosive Debate

(KFOR NEWS  August 5, 2020)   (AP) – A bill allowing Nebraska prisoners to qualify for early parole won first-round approval from lawmakers, despite one opponent who read a Dr. Seuss book out loud to try to delay the vote.

The surprise stall tactic by Gretna Sen. Andrew La Grone drew a furious response from the bill’s sponsor, Omaha Sen. Steve Lathrop.  La Grone, a Republican, says he won’t support the measure until lawmakers approve a bill to lower property taxes.  He launched a filibuster against the bill, at one point reading from the children’s book “Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories” to consume time.

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