special legislative session on abortion seems uncertain | Regional government

The likelihood of a special session of the Legislative Assembly later this year to deal with abortion following the US Supreme Court’s decision that leaves decisions on abortion rights to the states appeared increasingly uncertain on Wednesday.

Governor Pete Ricketts, who would like to see legislation enacted to ban most abortions in the state, referred to “the potential special session” while answering questions at a press conference.

Ricketts said he will continue to work with Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Mike Hilgers of Lincoln to “see what more we can do to protect unborn babies.”

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The governor made it clear that he would support an amendment to the abortion ban that would allow “necessary medical treatment for the mother that could impact the life of the (unborn) child.”

In a text response to a question about whether or not a special session is likely, Hilgers said there was “nothing more to add to previous statements at this time.”

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Ricketts said he would be “looking for someone who is pro-life” in choosing a successor to Sen. Mike Flood of Norfolk, who was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday in a special election to choose a successor to former Rep. Jeff. Fortenberry, who resigned after his conviction for lying to federal officials about illegal foreign contributions to his 2016 re-election campaign.

Flood won the special election for the 1st House District seat in Eastern Nebraska, winning 53.2% of the vote against Senator Patty Pansing Brooks of Lincoln. Just 28% of voters turned out, with Flood winning by a margin of 60,068 votes to 52,913.

Flood, who is expected to be sworn in no earlier than July 12, when the House returns from its current recess, was the sponsor of legislation that banned abortions in Nebraska after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

In an interview days before the special congressional election, Flood said he hopes the Supreme Court’s decision will trigger state legislation that will provide support for prenatal care, access to a adequate nutrition and other supports pregnant women may need.

Flood’s successor will be nominated to serve the remaining two years of his current term in the Legislative Assembly representing District 19 in northeast Nebraska.

A so-called trigger bill that would have banned all abortions in Nebraska following the Supreme Court’s early ruling ending abortion rights guaranteed in Roe v. session.

Supporters lost two of the 33 votes needed to release the advancement proposal.

This 33-vote legislative goal remains key to ending abortion rights in the state.

In response to a separate question at the press conference, Ricketts appeared to downplay the significance of former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony on Tuesday before the House Select Committee investigating the US insurgency. January 6 at the US Capitol last year.

Ricketts said the testimony describing President Donald Trump’s actions and his erratic and sometimes violent behavior represented “one person’s perspective” and included second- or third-hand observations.

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