Police Anti-Bias Bill Advances

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Nebraska legislators have given unanimous initial approval to a measure requiring law enforcement officers to undergo 2 hours of anti-bias training each year to try and combat racial profiling.

The bill could be the last major piece of legislation proposed by Omaha State Senator Ernie Chambers, the state’s longest-serving and best-known state lawmaker, who has pushed for such a requirement for years.

Chambers has designated it as his last official legislative priority in what could be his final year in office. He first entered the legislature a half-century ago and has served 46 years, sitting out a 4-year stint because of term limits.

Chambers will be leaving office again next January due to term limits and has declined to say whether he’ll run again when he’s again eligible in 2024.

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