State Senator Ernie Chambers of Omaha can still bring the Unicameral to a standstill when he decides to.
Chambers had his way Tuesday when Nebraska lawmakers approved a measure that would ban nonprofit groups from participating in a state-run work-camp program if they discriminate based on sexual orientation.
Chambers waged a one-man filibuster against a broader bill that would allow work-camp inmates to work for nonprofits.
His amendment was attached to LB52 on a 29-5 vote. Supporters say the bill helps inmates transition back to regular lives, but Chambers argued that it exploits free prison labor.
The bill's sponsor, Sen. Mark Christensen of Imperial, says he was "shocked" that lawmakers approved the amendment. Christensen, who opposed the amendment, says he hasn't decided whether to kill his own bill or proceed with the debate.
Associated Press and NET contributed to this story