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Governor vetoes Nebraska prairie dog management bill

Gov. Pete Ricketts speaks at the conclusion of the 2018 session of the Nebraska legislature (NTV News)

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts has vetoed Sen. Ernie Chambers' bill that would repeal a law allowing counties to eradicate black-tailed prairie dogs on private property.

Ricketts said Monday the bill fails to protect individual property rights from neighbors who don't control prairie dogs on their property.

Chambers has tried for years to repeal the 2012 law that he says infringes on property rights and harms native animals.

Lawmakers cannot override the veto because the Legislature adjourned last week.

Ricketts also vetoed two other bills that would provide clarity about short-term rental properties, like Airbnb, and would add social workers to schools to help students suffering from behavioral or mental health problems.

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