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COVERING THE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA SINCE 1901 VOL. 94 NO. 85
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Sen. Dwite Pederson of Elkhorn and Sen. Paul Hartnett of Bellevue joke with each other during Wednesday’s
session at the Legislature.
Lawmakers introduce 131 bills
By J. Christopher Hain
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State lawmakers flooded the floor with
proposals when the Legislature convened
131 bills, the most bills
introduced on any single
day this session. Today
is the last day for sena
tors to introduce bills.
One senator contribut
ing to the rush was Sen.
Chris Beutler of Lincoln.
LEGISLATURE Several of his proposals
dealt with the political
One Legislative resolution (LR37CA)
would place a constitutional amendment on
the ballot allowing the Legislature to meet
in a special session after an initiative or
referendum was placed on an election bal
lot. The Legislature would then propose an
alternative and voters could choose from the
two at election time.
With developments, such as paid peti
tion circulators, Beutler said it was impor
tant for elected legislators to offer an alter
native to propositions that may appear to be
good at first but might not be in the long run.
Another constitutional amendment
(LR3 6CA) proposed by Beutler would allow
the Legislature to submit to voters any statu
tory change it wanted. Currently, legislators
can only submit a constitutional amend
ment to voters.
Grade school and high school children
might not like another bill proposed by
Senators introduced 131 bills in the Legislature Wednesday
morning, the most bills introduced on any single day this session.
Today is the last day for senators to introduce bills.
Among the bills introduced:
■ A Legislative resolution to place a constitutional amendment on the
ballot allowing the Legislature to meet in a special session after an
initiative or referendum was placed on an election ballot.
■ A constitutional amendment would allow the Legislature to submit to
voters any statutory change it wanted. Legislators can only submit a
constitutional amendment to voters.
■ LB618. It would create minimum homework standards for students in
first grade through high school.
9 LB650. Morrill Halt on the UNL campus would receive additional
funding to fill empty exhibit space. ?,
■ LB620. For an additional $50 Nebraskans could receive plates with
"Nebraska Comhuskers" printed on them.
Beutler. LB618 would create minimum
homework standards for students in first
grade through high school.
Beutler said the bill was spurred by what
he felt was the deterioration of the role of
homework in school systems.
“When you’re talking about ways of im
proving the school system without costing
money, this is one of the few ways left,”
Morrill Hall on the UNL campus would
receive additional funding under a bill
(LB650) proposed by Sen. Don Wesely of
Lincoln. The money would be used to fill
empty exhibit space, Wesely said.
Having a great natural history collection
but not filling it, Wesely said, was like
building a house but not putting furniture in
Husker fans could show their spirit on
their license plates under a bill (LB620)
sponsored by Sen. Kermit Brashear of
Omaha. For an additional $50 Nebraskans
could receive plates with “Nebraska
Comhuskers” printed on them.
By Brian Sharp
When it started, Greg Simon thought he was
The clock in his bedroom read 5:40 a.m.
The room around him was shaking, and he had
just come out of a deep sleep. But the tremors
lasted only about 20 seconds. So Simon rolled
over and closed his eyes.
Simon lives in Nagoya, Japan, about 200
kilometers from Kobe. What he awoke to Tues
day morning was the worst earthquake to hit
Japan in more than 20 years. And where he
awoke was a long way from home.
Simon, a senior accounting student at the
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, has been study
ing abroad for 1 1/2 years at Nanzan Univer
sity. In an interview with the Daily Nebraskan
on Wednesday, Simon described the incident
and the aftershocks.
He said he realized there had been an earth
quake, but it didn’t seem major, so he went
back to sleep. The alarm clock woke Simon
about two hours later.
By then, news reports were just starting to
get through, he said. There were pictures, he
said, and Kobe was on fire.
As Simon prepared to go to class, he said he
heard on the news that six people were dead
When he returned that evening, the death toll
had mounted to 1,000. The next morning, it
had risen to more than 1,600. While Simon
spoke from Japan to the Daily Nebraskan, a
news report there said more than 3,000 people
Coming from Nebraska, earthquakes were
just as foreign to him as the Japanese culture,
he said. He had heard earthquakes were com
mon in Japan, but he had never experienced
He had developed a sense of security, he said
— one that he doesn’t have any more.
Simon said he was watching the news just
before going to bed Wednesday night, and
there were reports that aftershocks were ex
pected in his area.
Those thoughts, mixed with the pictures on
television, made for a restless night, he said.
Meanwhile, Linda Simon tried for 15 hours
to reach her son, but she couldn’t get through.
“Usually when I call him he has his answer
ing machine on,” she said. “This time, there
wasn’t any machine on at all.”
At 7 a.m. CST Wednesday Greg Simon
picked up the phone. Mrs. Simon said her son
had been trying to reach her as well, but had
similar problems getting through.
Those problems were only doubled for people
trying to get into the devastated areas of Kobe
and Osaka, Greg Simon said.
Phone lines were still down, he said, and the
roads were destroyed. All he and others could
do was watch and listen to news reports.
Simon said he would stay in Nagoya until
July or August to finish his last semester. Then
he’s coming home.
Planned Parenthood fears violence, tightens security
Addition of new
site may bring
By Wendy Thomas
Fear generated by recent violence
toward abortion clinics has driven
Planned Parenthood of Lincoln to
Chris Funk, executive director of
Planned Parenthood, said the Decem
ber murders of two receptionists at
East Coast abortion clinics had in
stilled fear in local clinic workers.
Talking about the violence is help
ful, Funk said, but the grieving pro
cess is not over.
“There’s tremendous sadness and
anger among our staff,” she said. “I
mean, it really felt like the earth moved
when those women were murdered.”
But staff members refuse to be
jolted into leavingtheir jobs at Planned
Parenthood, Funk said.
“We’ve all made conscious deci
sions about working here,” she said,
“and about what side of the line we’re
going to stand on.”
Instead of being scared away, Funk
said Planned Parenthood would take
a close look at security measures.
In addition to upgrading its security
system, the management team is mak
ing plans to improve security at
Planned Parenthood’s second site.
The second site is planned to open
this spring or summer at 3705 South
St. and will offer first-trimester abor
tions and prenatal care.
Some pro-life supporters have
voiced their opposition to the new
clinic. Dominic Pynes, who lives close
to the site, said the new clinic might
invite violence to Lincoln.
Pynes, one of the first to sign a
petition protesting the clinic, said 99
percent of pro-life supporters were
nonviolent, but the other 1 percent
could be drawn to Lincoln if the clinic
Funk said she hoped that would
“Our view is that we will take
reasonable and prudent precautions
to create a site as secure as we can,”
However, some Lincoln residents
still say they feel insecure.
Kay Siebler, president of the Pro
Choice Coalition of Nebraska, said
fear of violence would keep people
Rally, which is sponsored by the coa
“When we were calling people to
attend the rally, one woman said, ‘I
have a young daughter, and I want
her to grow up with a mother, ’ ” Siebler
The rally, originally intended as a
celebration of Roe v. Wade — the
Supreme Court decision that granted
women the right to have an abortion
—will now be a more somber event,
The rally will be at 7 p.m. at the
Lincoln Women’s Club, 407 S. 14th
St., and will include speakers and
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