Legislation aims at grants from Neb. AG's office

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Posted: Dec 28, 2011 1:37 PM
Legislation aims at grants from Neb. AG's office

A Democratic state senator from Omaha says he's planning legislation addressing the use of court settlement money by the Nebraska Attorney General's Office.

Sen. Heath Mello says in a news release that his bill would direct settlement funds into the budgets of Nebraska's schools. The bill also would require settlement money directed for another purpose must be deposited into a fund created by the Legislature, with appropriate oversight and transparency.

Criticism arose after Attorney General Jon Bruning awarded a $100,000 grant from a cash pool intended for environmental issues to a Nebraska farm coalition that was formed to fight an animal welfare group. The coalition includes the politically influential Nebraska Farm Bureau.

Bruning is a Republican candidate to replace Democratic U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson, who isn't seeking a third term.