LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) —
Nebraska lawmakers have moved to streamline appeals for anyone who
challenges a decision of the commission that regulates utilities, phone companies and taxi services.
bill advanced on Thursday, 33-8, after an eight-hour filibuster.
Opponents say the industry-backed bill would hinder the public's ability
to challenge decisions by the Nebraska Public Service Commission.
measure by Sen. Annette Dubas would send those appeals to the Nebraska
Court of Appeals, instead of state district courts. Supporters say the
bill is meant to reduce legal costs for attorneys who represent the
Opponents argued that the appeals court can only
review the legal record made by the commission. District court judges
are allowed to bring in outside experts to use in their decision.