- Associated Press - Thursday, February 18, 2016

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A proposal that could have let 18-year-olds serve in Nebraska public offices has stalled in the Legislature.

The measure could have appeared on the November general election ballot but was defeated Thursday by a filibuster. Supporters fell seven votes short of the 33 needed to bring the issue to a vote.

The proposal by Sen. Tyson Larson of O’Neill would have applied to all offices, including governor, lieutenant governor, the Legislature and the state Supreme Court.

Currently, residents must be at least 21 to be a state senator or 30 to serve as a governor, lieutenant governor or Supreme Court justice.

Supporters agreed to a compromise that only would have lowered the age for the Legislature, but opponents say 18-year-olds lack the maturity to serve.

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The measure is LR26CA

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