The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, April 09, 1998, Page 3, Image 3

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    Senators cooperate oh proposals
BILLS from page 1
stripped of last year’s amendments.
Matzke and Sen. Ernie
Chambers of Omaha worked
together to rewrite LB422’s lan
guage. They persuaded the
Legislature to return the bill from
final reading to select file in order
to strip the amendments calling for
the mental retardation exemption.
Chambers, who opposes the
death penalty, said he disagreed
with the cop-killer bill but worked
with Matzke in order to facilitate
passage of the new bill prohibiting
execution of the mentally retarded.
Chambers said he would always
be able to resume his crusade to
end the death penalty in Nebraska.
Allowing Matzke’s bill to proceed
toward its expected passage was an
acceptable sacrifice to protect the
mentally retarded from execution,
he said.
But Chambers still took a jab at
Matzke’s bill.
“The bill is now, if I may say so,
a ‘pure’ killing bill,” he said.
Matzke, after thanking
Chambers for his cooperation, said
he nevertheless thought Chambers
should “wear the hat of a law pro
fessor instead of a legislator.”
The bill adding an aggravating
circumstance for killers of police
officers was designed to fill a
loophole in state law. The
UNL students learning
from Capitol experiences
STUDENTS from page 1
and junior broadcasting and adver
tising major, said her work schedule
is flexible enough for school.
“The senators know school is a
first priority,” Eagle said.
Plus, working in the Capitol can
be a stepping stone on the path to a
government career, she said.
Franzen agreed and said she
hopes working in the Capitol will
lead her to Washington, D.C., after
She said making connections
and getting hands-on experience
were perks of her job.
“I’ve learned more working
here than I’ve actually ever learned
in school,” Franzen said. “This is a
great place to start.”
On Tuesday, the coffee
machines will quit dripping, the
copiers will quit humming, and the
pages will give up their seats at the
front of the Legislature. And in the
end, pages say, the long hours were
worth it.
“I’ve learned a lot about the
(legislative) process,” Junck said.
Nebraska Supreme Court has ruled
the aggravating circumstance can
be invoked only if the killing of a
police officer takes place while the
suspect is in custody.
Aggravating circumstances are
weighed against mitigating cir
cumstances in capital sentencing.
The new aggravating circumstance
could tip the scales in favor of exe
cution and thus make it easier for
cop killers to be executed.
Sen. Dave Maurstad of Beatrice
commended the often-criticized
Chambers for his cooperation with
“It’s important that this act of
statesmanship should not go
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