REPEAL OF NEBRASKA’S PRAIRIE DOG MANAGEMENT LAW FAILS; WE’RE GOING TO DISCUSS PRAIRIE DOGS MORE,' ERNIE CHAMBERS SAYS

Another attempt to repeal Nebraska's prairie dog management law failed Tuesday, four votes short of what was needed to advance the bill from first-round consideration. The law allows counties in Nebraska to manage black-tailed prairie dogs, against the will of property owners if needed. Some have said the law is an egregious violation of property rights. Omaha Senator Ernie Chambers introduced legislation, LB449, to repeal the law. Senator Chambers and the issue have a long history in the legislature. He said the current legislation is overreaching and unnecessary. Senator Hughes opposed the repeal saying he had neighbors who didn’t manage the prairie dogs on their land and they then became an issue on his. Chambers said he will bring the bill again “and  we’re going to discuss prairie dogs more this session,” he added.