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Lieutenant governor hopeful criticizes veto of schools bill

Lieutenant governor hopeful criticizes veto of schools bill

A Democratic candidate for Nebraska lieutenant governor is criticizing Gov. Pete Ricketts’ veto of a bill she introduced this year to expand mental health services in schools through a partnership with educational service units in the state.

State Sen. Lynne Walz, of Fremont, made the comments Tuesday while touring the state with her new running mate, Democratic governor hopeful Bob Krist.

Walz said she plans to introduce the bill again in the next session after the last minute veto by Ricketts.

Walz said it is obviously a need and she had over 100 letters of support, talked to 500 people and worked with a number of organizations before introducing the bill . Walz said it was “very disappointing ” to have the bill vetoed by the governor.

Ricketts, a Republican, has said he shares concerns about mental health services in schools but argues that Walz’s bill was unnecessary.

Krist, a state senator from Omaha, says Walz, a former teacher who became a successful Realtor, has been a strong advocate for
education, the special needs community and rural economic development.

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