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Controversial legislature amber lights bill passes first round

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A bill that would allow neighborhood watch groups to patrol streets with flashing amber lights on top of their cars has won first-round approval from Nebraska lawmakers.
 
The proposed bill advanced on a 25-20 vote after more than eight hours of debate on Friday.

The bill was inspired by citizen groups in Omaha that patrol neighborhoods in an effort to stop crime.

Omaha Senator Scott Lautenbaugh says he introduced the measure so group members could use the caution lights to alert people.

Police teach the groups to observe and report crimes, but not to confront the perpetrators.

Opposed to the bill is Omaha Senator Ernie Chambers who says citizens shouldn't act as law enforcement officers.
 
The legislature session will reconvene next Tuesday.

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