Nebraska Economic Development Funding Amendment, Amendment 1 (2010)

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The Nebraska Economic Development Funding Amendment, also known as Amendment 1, was on the November 2, 2010 ballot in the state of Nebraska as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved.Approveda The measure changed the Nebraska Constitution to alter the powers of certain municipalities that deal with funding sources for economic and industrial development in the state.[1][2]

Election results

See also: 2010 ballot measure election results
Amendment 1 (Economic Development Funding)
Approveda Yes 221,295 50.6%

Official results via Nebraska Secretary of State.

Text of measure

Ballot title

The ballot title of the proposed amendment read as follows:[1]

A constitutional amendment to change the powers of municipalities relating to fund sources for economic or industrial development.



Constitutional changes

Nebraska Economic Development Funding Amendment (2010), Constitutional text changes

Article XIII, Section 2 of the Nebraska Constitution was amended[1]



  • The Grand Island City Council passed a resolution to support the measure on October 26, 2010, but did, however, express worries over the measure. According to Councilman Scott Dugan, "When it comes to the utility departments, I think back to not too many years ago when we had this frightening mercury issue come up that was going to cost us $30-plus-million dollars to renovate our (coal-fired power) plant to meet these standards. We don't know what standards are going to come down and that (utility department ) cash may be needed."[3]


There was no known opposing campaign for Amendment 1.

Media endorsements

See also: Endorsements of Nebraska ballot measures, 2010


  • The Lincoln Journal Star recommended a 'yes' vote on the measure, stating, "The existing law on local economic development has produced notable successes, such as the Cargill plant in Blair and the Excel plan in Nebraska City. With more tools, there will be more economic development success stories. We recommend a vote for Amendment 1."[4]

Path to the ballot

The measure was introduced to the Nebraska Legislature on January 20, 2010 and was sent to the Urban Affairs Committee on January 22, 2010. The measure was then approved by the legislature 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.[5]

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