Just days after Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman vetoed LB 671—the mountain lion hunting ban—the state’s senate considered a motion to override the veto. Pushed by Senator Ernie Chambers, the motion needed 30 votes to pass but only garnered 24 yes votes. A second, and final, vote to override the veto was taken on Thursday and also failed to reach the needed 30 vote threshold.
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“This is a huge win for sportsmen and scientific wildlife management, not only in Nebraska but across the country,” said Nick Pinizzotto, USSA’s president and CEO. “Our wildlife management system is designed to be free of political maneuvering and gamesmanship. Nebraska sportsmen should thank Governor Heineman for vetoing this bill and the sportsmen-friendly legislators that sustained the veto.”
This effort started the opening day of the 2014 legislative session, when LB 671 was introduced to overturn Nebraska’s newly established mountain lion hunting season. The measure, introduced by Senator Chambers, would have removed the authority of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission to manage the state’s growing mountain lion population.
Senator Chambers made this his top priority for the 2014 legislative session, declaring that he would oppose every proposal of the state’s Game and Parks Commission until the mountain lion season was banned.