Nebraska State Treasurer Amendment, Amendment 2 (2010)
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As with any treasurer at the state level, the position required that the candidate manages the treasury and was responsible for the Unclaimed Property program, the Nebraska College Savings program, the State Disbursement Unit for child support payment, the Long-Term Care Savings Plan, and Nebraskaspending.gov. The measure was introduced as a way to help save money for the state.
The measure, known as LR 248 CA, was advanced by the legislature by a 37-6 vote for a second reading. The vote took place on March 9, 2010. The measure was then passed on March 26, 2010 by the Nebraska Legislature, placing the measure before voters. According to Utter, "I want to look for ways to make government smaller, more efficient, more transparent and more effective. I want to get the maximum mileage out of the taxpayer's dollars."
- See also: 2010 ballot measure election results
|Amendment 2 (State Treasurer Amendment)|
Official results via Nebraska Secretary of State.
Text of measure
A constitutional amendment to abolish the office of the State Treasurer on January 8, 2015.
- Dennis Utter stated that the measure would cease duplications in the state because the responsibilities of the treasurer would be placed on other agencies, therefore saving money for the state. According to Utter and his supporters, the state would save a total of $600,000 annually.
- Utter said his proposal also would eliminate duplication because those areas would be transferred to other state agencies, such as the Department of Revenue and the Department of Administrative Services, which already handle similar functions.
- Senator Heath Mello stated, "We need to consider how to make up a $700 million budget deficit. This proposal is common sense."
- Senator Kathy Campbell claimed, "I think this is a creative solution. We're going to have to find more of these in the future."
- Senator Tony Fulton, who ran for the treasurer position, argued, "When Shane Osborn took over, there were 63 employees under him. Now there are only 49. The department is directly accountable to the people. They're literally doing more with less...The problem with the proposal is that it delegates the important duties of the state treasurer to unelected bureaucrats."
- Senator Charlie Janssen chimed in on the proposal, stating, "I think it will expand some agencies, and we'll lose government transparency. Voters will never have a choice to determine their future of state funds ever again."
- Governor of Nebraska Dave Heineman and three other former Nebraska governors opposed the measure. The former governors included Mike Johanns, Kay Orr and Charles Thone.
- The Lincoln Journal Star recommended a 'yes' vote on the measure, stating, "One argument raised against the proposal is that it would diminish the system of checks and balances. Utter persuasively argues, however, that the elected office of state auditor already provides an adequate check on state government financial matters. We think he is right. We recommend a vote for Amendment 2."
Path to the ballot
The measure was first introduced to the Nebraska Legislature on January 11, 2010, then was referred to the Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee on February 23, 2010. The measure was then sent to the ballot and approved by the Nebraska Secretary of State on March 26, 2010. 60% of the members of the Nebraska State Legislature must vote for a proposed amendment to be placed on the ballot. Nebraska is one of nine states that allows a referred amendment to go on the ballot after a 60% supermajority vote in one session.
- Nebraska sample ballot with language of proposed amendments in English
- Nebraska sample ballot with language of proposed amendments in Spanish
- Elections page
- Nebraska Legislature Official Page
- Amendments deserve full consideration
- Nebraska Secretary of State, "Constitutional Amendments," accessed September 24, 2010
- McCook Daily Gazette, "Does Nebraska need a state treasurer?," March 8, 2009
- News Net Nebraska, "Legislature advances measure to allow voters to decide state treasurer's fate," March 11, 2010
- KPTM.com, "Voters To Decide Fate of Nebraska's Treasurer's Office," March 26, 2010
- Nebraska Legislature, "Legislative Resolution 248 CA," January 11, 2010
- KCAUTV.com, "Neb. officials oppose eliminating treasurer's job," October 20, 2010 (dead link)
- Lincoln Journal Star, "Editorial, 10/16: Vote yes on amendments," October 16, 2010
- Nebraska Secretary of State, "LR284CA - Constitutional amendment to abolish the office of the State Treasurer"
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