LEGISLATIVE UPDATE, April 22, 2018

60 and DONE  Last Wednesday was the final legislative day of the 105th Legislature, 2nd Session. After dispatching with 25 Final Reading bills, a pat on the rump from Governor Rickets, and eight sayonara speeches (several way too boring) by outgoing senators (6...

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE, April 15, 2018

Danger! Wednesday, April 18, marks Day 60, the final day of this “longest” short legislative session since the Nebraska Unicameral first convened in 1937. Virtually every bill of consequence was filibustered, requiring 33 votes to advance. Many could not...

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE, April 8, 2018

Compromise? Friday was Day 56 (of 60).  It was 3:30 pm when Speaker, Jim Scheer, stepped to his microphone. The fourth tax relief bill offered this year had just been blocked by yet another filibuster. The fifth, and final, tax relief bill seems destined for the same...

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE, March 25, 2018

Iron Eyes This characterization of Iron Eyes Cody (Keep America Beautiful) sums-up the emotions of those who paid attention to floor debate last week. There was sincere partisanship, a genuine adversity for compromise and rules abuse by senators of every persuasion....

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE, March 18, 2018

R’s & D’s Last Monday, senators were briefed on the proposed second year of the $8.8 billion biennial budget, as drafted by the 9-member Appropriations Committee. Tuesday, the three budget bills opened on General File, so the remaining 40 senators...

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE, March 11, 2018

The Nutty Professor Good news for all Nebraskans! The 60th and final legislative day is April 18.  The Speaker might adjourn the kids on April 11 (Day 59) if they play nice and do their chores. This week, senators will begin debate on mid-term adjustments to the...