- Associated Press - Thursday, March 17, 2016

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - All but one of the finalists for top jobs at the University of Nebraska would remain hidden from the public under a bill slated for final approval in the Legislature.

Lawmakers advanced the measure through a second-round vote Thursday after supporters overcame a filibuster to try to block it.

The legislation by Sen. John Murante of Gretna would require the university to publicly identify just one finalist for university president and chancellor positions. The finalist would be subject to a 30-day vetting period.

Current law requires the university to release names and application materials for the top four finalists before a hire is made. Murante sponsored the bill on behalf of University of Nebraska Regent Howard Hawks.

The vote was 36-8.

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The bill is LB1109

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