Nebraska lawmakers override some budget vetoes
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska lawmakers have overridden Gov. Dave Heineman's budget vetoes for county court employees, child advocates, expanded dental services and mass transit funding. Lawmakers voted Tuesday to reinstate funding that the Republican governor had rejected. Heineman announced a series of line-item vetoes over the weekend that made small changes to the $7.8 billion, two-year budget. Heineman's vetoes targeted funding for Nebraska's Court-Appointed Special Advocate program, money to expand dental services at the state's six community health centers, and raises for county court employees beyond that of other state workers. Heineman also vetoed $2 million in yearly mass transit aid. Lawmakers failed to muster enough votes to override the governor's veto of funding for a railroad inspector, the state auditor's office and membership dues for a Midwestern rail compact.