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college savings plan
By Veronica Daehn
Sen. Ed Schrock of Elm Creek may
get to use a state savings plan to help his
‘ grandchildren go to college.
Schrock said he designed his bill,
LB1003, to help support his grandchil
dren and give other Nebraskans the
But the bill that would establish a
higher education savings plan in
Nebraska was held in the Education
Committee on Monday after members
heard testimony on the plan.
Based on College Savings Iowa, the
savings plan that Iowa uses, Nebraska’s
plan would give 10 percent of the total
money deposited back to students who
attend school in Nebraska.
Students could use the money to
attend school anywhere, but the state
would not add 10 percent if the students
went to an out-of-state school.
The 10 percent back is an incentive
for students to stay in Nebraska,
“Other colleges are recruiting here,
and I want to keep students in
Nebraska,” he said.
The bill states that a minimum of
$300 must be contributed to the fund
Sen. Deb Suttle of Omaha said an
amendment was added today that
changed the maximum amount that
could be added each year from $2,000
to something more flexible, but Suttle
said the new number had not yet been
The bill went over well in commit
tee, Suttle said, but it wasn’t discussed
in Executive Session because the com
mittee chairwoman, Sen. Ardyce
Bohlke of Hastings, was sick.
“I like the concept, and I think the
committee did too,” Suttle said. “It is an
Sen. Ron Raikes of Lincoln had a
different view, though. He said he did
n’t know what the future held for
“I wish I could tell you exactly what
was going to happen with it,” he said,
“but I just don’t know.
“This bill, along with others, tries to
provide a mechanism whereby parents
are more able to afford tuition for high
er education when the time comes,”
Suttle and Raikes both mentioned a
similar bill introduced by Speaker
Doug Kristensen last session.
Suttle said that bill, LB660, also
would have created a trust fund to put
MIP from page 1
McNally cited an example of a
party held in an open space out
doors. When the police arrived,
minors dropped their alcohol and
Even though the minors were
obviously intoxicated, the police
couldn’t charge them with MIP
because the minors didn’t have phys
ical possession of the alcohol,
Jake Bettin, a 17-year-old high
school student from Northwest High
School in Omaha, said teenagers are
aware of the discrepancies within the
“To prevent further injuries and
deaths, I challenge (the Legislature)
to change this law before more inno
cent lives are taken,” Bettin said.
Diane Riibe, executive director
of Project Extra Mile, a preventative
underage-drinking project, said the
current law needs to be clarified
because everyone can interpret it dif
“Without consumption language
added into the law, our law enforce
ment officers’ hands continue to be
tied,” Riibe said.
The current law can also cause
confusion for minors themselves,
“The law leads kids to wonder if
it is illegal to drink or just illegal to
hold a can of beer,” she said.
The committee will decide
Monday whether it will advance the
bill to General File for debate or kill
it, Janssen said.
money in for a child’s education.
LB660 is still in the Education
Committee and will be looked at, along
with LB 1003, within the next two
weeks or so.
Once in Executive Session, the
committee can decide to either take no
action, advance the bill to general file
or indefinitely postpone it
“(The college savings plan) is an
excellent idea,” Suttle said. “We would
love to donate to something like this for
Bus accident kills 26people
QUEENSTOWN, South Africa
(AP) - A bus traveling through South
Africa’s rural southeast skidded off a
rain-slicked roadway and overturned
in a ditch, killing 26 aboard, police
At least five of the dead were
Police had earlier put the death
toll at 30, but later revised that. They
were still trying to determine what
caused the accident Sunday evening
outside Queenstown, 400 miles south
The driver of a car trying to pass
said he had to slow down quickly as
the bus drifted into the passing lane,
police Capt. Mzoli Kopolo said.
The bus driver was killed, Kopolo
said, and passengers in the front who
might be able to shed light on the
cause of the accident were too seri
ously injured to question.
The bus had picked up passengers
in various towns in Eastern Cape
Province and was headed north.
Many of the 76 passengers were
returning to school, visiting husbands
working in the mines or returning
from their home villages to work,
Steady drizzle had caused the
two-lane road to become slick,
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Tutu to speak at Lied Center today
From staff reports
UNL students, faculty and staff
will have the chance to hear from a
Nobel Peace Prize winner today.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu will
speak at the Lied Center for
Performing Arts. His speech, “Crying
in the Wilderness: Struggle for
Justice in South Africa,” will begin at
Tutu won the Nobel Peace Prize in
1984 for his work in promoting peace
and taking a stand against apartheid
in his home country of South Africa.
After the country won the fight
against apartheid, Tutu served as
chairman of South Africa’s Truth and
The commission was established
to investigate crimes committed dur
ing the era of apartheid in South
In 1998, the commission present
ed its report to President Nelson
There is no admission to Tutu’s
speech and there are no reserved
seats. Tutu’s appearance will be
broadcast live at Kimball Hall to
accommodate overflow seating.
The program will also be broad
cast live on education access channel
Tutu comes to campus as part of
the 1999-2000 F.N. Thompson
Forum series sponsored by the
University of Nebraska-Lincoln and
the Cooper Foundation.
The next speaker in the series will
be Robert McNamara, former secre
tary of defense. He will speak on Feb.
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