January 7th, 2015

Thank you for visiting my website. It is an honor to represent the people of the 15th legislative district in the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature.

You’ll find my contact information on the right side of this page, as well as a list of the bills I’ve introduced this session and the committees on which I serve. Please feel free to contact me and my staff about proposed legislation or any other issues you would like to address.

Sen. David A. Schnoor

From the Desk of Sen. Schnoor, June 1, 2015

June 5th, 2015

The First Session of the One Hundred Fourth Legislature has adjourned. It has been a privilege to serve as your senator. I look forward to continuing to represent you as committee work continues until the Legislature reconvenes in January, 2016.

As happens every session, issues that some might consider insignificant were drafted into bills and quickly worked through committee hearings and three rounds of voting by the entire body. Other issues were brought to committees and were not passed along for consideration. Then there were the bills that captured everyone’s attention, either for their subject matter or for the volume of communication with the public and the media.

Capital punishment was on many Nebraskans minds. Sen. Chambers has brought a bill to abolish capital punishment in Nebraska nearly every year of his 40 in the Nebraska Legislature. With the help of out-of-state lobbyists, Sen. Chambers was able to convince 33 of the 49 senators that Nebraska would be well served to remove the death penalty from the tools used by our judicial system to prosecute those who commit truly heinous murders. I voted in opposition to this bill, LB268 and argued against it at every stage of debate believing that the Nebraskans of District 15 want to keep the death penalty. Governor Ricketts issued a veto of LB268. With nearly three hours of discussion by the entire body, a vote was taken. The Governor was able to persuade two senators to change their vote, but there were still enough to override his veto and Wednesday, May 27, the death penalty was effectively abolished in Nebraska.

The next day, Attorney General Doug Peterson issued an opinion that the bill’s language is flawed and there will be court challenges. It will be months before any of those proceedings play out. Meanwhile the citizens of Nebraska are mobilizing an initiative to overturn LB268.

Many of you have visited or contacted my office and I appreciate hearing from you. Please continue to communicate with questions or ideas for bills that I can bring on your behalf next session. dschnoor@leg.ne.gov or 402-471-2625