By J.L. Schmidt
Nebraska Press Association Statehouse Correspondent 

Bonehead move by state attorney general should not stand


September 14, 2023

Paul Fell

At a time when people's trust in government is waning, Nebraska Attorney General Mike Hilgers issued an opinion that the Legislature's Office of the Public Counsel, better known as the Ombudsman's office, is unconstitutional.

The office exists to promote accountability in government by independently and impartially investigating issues related to state agencies and employees. The departments of Health and Human Services and Corrections, which are subject to this oversight and often make headlines because of their actions, requested the opinion.

Since Hilgers' opinion was issued, Corrections an...

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