Nebraska Grounds for Impeachment Amendment, Amendment 1 (2012)
|Constitution:||Article IV, Section 5|
|Referred by:||Nebraska State Legislature|
|Topic:||Administration of government|
- See also: 2012 ballot measure election results
|Nebraska Amendment 1|
- Official results are from the Nebraska Secretary of State.
Text of measure
The statement of intent read:
A constitutional amendment to provide that any misdemeanor while in pursuit of his or her office is grounds for impeachment of a civil officer.
Article IV, Section 5 would be amended as follows:
| Text of Section 5:
At the time the amendment was proposed, the state constitution allowed for the impeachment of elected officials for wrongdoing committed while in office, but not for any crimes committed while campaigning. Supporters argued this amendment was needed to close that loophole.
Opponents said the amendment would clear the way for increasing political harassment of officeholders. Former Senator Tom White said the amendment would allow for a number of frivolous lawsuits over minor technical violations of campaign finance laws.
Path to the ballot
- See also: Amending the Nebraska State Constitution
In order to qualify a proposed measure to the statewide ballot, 60% of the members of the Nebraska State Legislature must vote in approval.