The Legislature on Wednesday revived a resolution supporting a convention of the states to propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
Senators returned it to the Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee, which promptly advanced it to the floor for consideration next year.
The proposal, Legislative Resolution 14, introduced by Sen. Steve Halloran of Hastings, had disappeared from the legislative agenda last month when a motion to pull it out of the committee for consideration failed on a 23-14 vote, falling short of the 25 votes required.
The resolution had been trapped in the committee when a motion to send it to the floor received a 4-2 vote, one count short of the required majority.
But Sen. John McCollister of Omaha, a member of the committee, provided the fifth vote Wednesday after Halloran voted for McCollister's motion to override Gov. Pete Ricketts' veto of his measure, Legislative Bill 108, expanding eligibility for federal food assistance.
The veto override was approved on a 30-19 vote, with 30 votes required to be successful.
Sen. Mike Flood of Norfolk offered the successful motion to breathe new life into the convention of the states proposal, arguing that he would like to "see the people of Nebraska get an up or down vote" on the measure.
Speaker Mike Hilgers of Lincoln opposed the motion, suggesting that "if we lose, it's over; it's done" and warning that revival of the proposal now would "open a Pandora's box" for similar legislative maneuvers in the future.
Sen. Adam Morfeld of Lincoln said Wednesday's action "would set a dangerous precedent."
"Just introduce it again next year," Sen. Megan Hunt of Omaha said.
Included in the call for a constitutional convention are proposals to consider amendments to place fiscal restraints and limitations on the power and jurisdiction of the federal government.
The proposal is supported largely by conservative state senators.
Meet the Nebraska state senators
State Sen. Julie Slama, District 1
State Sen. Robert Clements, District 2
State Sen. Carol Blood, District 3
State Sen. Robert Hilkemann, District 4
State Sen. Mike McDonnell, District 5
State Sen. Machaela Cavanaugh, District 6
State Sen. Tony Vargas, District 7
State Sen. Megan Hunt, District 8
State Sen. John Cavanaugh, District 9
State Sen. Wendy DeBoer, District 10
State Sen. Terrell McKinney, District 11
State Sen, Steve Lathrop, District 12
State Sen, Justin Wayne, District 13
State Sen. John Arch, District 14
State Sen. Lynne Walz, District 15
State Sen. Ben Hansen, District 16
State Sen. Joni Albrecht, District 17
State Sen. Brett Lindstrom, District 18
State Sen. Michael Flood, District 19
State Sen. John McCollister, District 20
State Sen. Mike Hilgers, District 21
State Sen. Mike Moser, District 22
State Sen. Bruce Bostelman, District 23
State Sen. Mark Kolterman, District 24
State Sen. Suzanne Geist, District 25
State Sen. Matt Hansen, District 26
State Sen, Anna Wishart, District 27
State Sen. Patty Pansing Brook, District 28
State Sen. Eliot Bostar, District 29
State Sen,.Myron Dorn, District 30
State Sen. Rich Pahls, District 31
State Sen. Tom Brandt, District 32
State Sen. Steve Halloran, District 33
State Sen. Curt Friesen, District 34
State Sen. Raymond Aguilar, District 35
State Sen. Matt Williams, District 36
State Sen. John Lowe, District 37
State Sen. Dave Murman, District 38
State Sen. Lou Ann Linehan, District 39
State Sen. Tim Graget, District 40
State Sen. Tom Briese, District 41
State Sen. Mike Groene, District 42
State Sen. Tom Brewer, District 43
State Sen. Dan Hughes, District 44
State Sen. Rita Sanders, District 45
State Sen. Adam Morfeld, District 46
State Sen. Steve Erdman, District 47
State Sen. John Stinner, District 48
State Sen. Jen Day, District 49
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