The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, February 09, 1999, Page 6, Image 6

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    Higher education bills debated
Legislature advances
bill limiting smoking
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Ord Sen. Jerry Schmitt intro
duced LB211 to save the decaying,
stained architecture of the Capitol,
shield children and tourists from
viewing smoking and take a general
stance against smoking.
Smoking is allowed in the
Capitol cafeteria, senators’ offices
and the senators’ lounge.
State buildings such as prisons,
most University of Nebraska build
ings and various state offices
already have self-imposed smoking
Norfolk Sen. Gene Tyson, who
smoked for more than 40 years
Deiore quitting, iniroaucea uie suc
cessful amendment that would
extend the smoking ban to all state
buildings. ,■ v
Tyson said the bill was fair in
that it limited rights, but did not
eliminate them.
“We’re not taking away their
right to smoke,” he said. “This
merely says, ‘You want to smoke -
go outside and smoke.’”
In other legislative action:
LB366, introduced by Omaha
Sen. Deb Suttle, was advanced 30-0
to Select File. The bill would allow
post-doctoral intern psychologists
to charge for their services under
their own licenses.
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grams, he said.
“It tends to dilute that particular
role and mission,” Haller said.
Kristensen said similar fears arose
when Kearney State College joined the
NU system 10 years ago. That fear was
never substantiated, he said.
“When Kearney came into the sys
tem, there was some worry from the
Lincoln campus that you could dilute
their degree,” Kristensen said.
The University of Nebraska at
Kearney worried that “the big dog will
swallow us,” Kristensen said.
Neither one of those things hap
pened, Kristensen said.
NU Regent Nancy O’Brien of
Waterloo spoke in favor of the bills
Monday, but said the NU Board of
Regents had no official position.
O’Brien recognized strong support
in Nebraska for streamlining govern
ment after Initiative 413, a constitution
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al amendment that would have limited
state spending, was rejected by voters
in November.
“With recent debate over 413, we
think this change is inevitable,”
O’Brien said.
The “super board” ofhigber educa*
tion representatives would eliminate
competition for funds and resources,
while at the same time reducing operat
ing costs incurred by three governing
boards, Kristensen said.
But Harrison Sen. Bob
Wickersham needed proof that the
mergers would save money.
“I am going to want to find out how
either one of your proposals saves any
thing,” Wickersham said.
Rick Kolkman, chairman of the
State College Board of Trustees, testi
fied in support of the bills, but had con
Kolkman wanted assurance that the
state college mission would remain
intact, university colleagues would
welcome state college professors as
equals and Peru State College would
remain a state college.
Eric Seacrest, chairman of the
coordinating commission, said the
commission was neutral on the NU
merger, against turning Peru into a
When are we going
*. to make a decision
as to what s going to
happen?”* /
Floyd Vrtiska
Table Rock senator
community college and against abol
ishing itself.
Table Rock Sen. Floyd Vrtiska, a
passionate Peru supporter, said he was
sick of the state flip-flopping on what to
do with Peru.
“When are we going to make a
decision as to what’s going to happen?”
Vrtiska asked. “It really bothers me that
the body won’t make a firm decision.” \
Kristensen said moves to stream- j
line higher education were not meant to ij
subtract from its importance, but were a j
necessary evil. j
“Is that because we think less of j
higher education?” Kristensen asked.
“Perhaps not. It’s because we have !
other competing needs in the state.”
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