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Nebraska: Senate may impeach regent

The Lincoln Journal Star reports: The next phase of NU Regent David Hergert's battle with the state Legislature was set Monday, as senators formed a committee that will reccommend what, if any, course of action to take against him.

The group of 11 senators including a couple from the western-Nebraska district Hergert represents will begin its work shortly after Labor Day. Its goal is to release recommendations before the Legislature convenes in January.

"I think we have to look at everything on the table," including impeachment, said Sen. Vickie McDonald of Rockville, a member of the special committee formed by the Legislature's Executive Board.

Hergert broke four campaign finance laws on his way to unseating Don Blank of McCook last year. The violations kept Blank from receiving, according to estimates from state officials, at least $15,000 and possibly up to $63,000 in public campaign money. In a settlement with the state Accountability and Disclosure Commission, Hergert paid a $33,512 civil penalty. He also is facing a criminal investigation by the state Attorney General's Office. -- Committee formed to look at possible impeachment