THE HOUSE IS A ROCKIN’, DON’T BOTHER KNOCKIN’

Only 87 days remain in Nebraska’s “long” legislative session. Seventeen perky Freshmen senators swore to defend the constitutions of the United States and Nebraska. Then, the experienced Republicans directed a coup to elect Republicans to every meaningful leadership position in the building.
Congrats to Speaker Jim Scheer (Norfolk).

What’s the big deal this session? Projected revenue is short $276M for this budget year, ending June 30. On top of that, the shortfall for the next biennium is $880M-ish.

More rumors….look for maneuvering next week to reduce the number of votes required to cease a filibuster from 33 to 30. That would make it easier for the majority of senators supporting a bill to move past the noise. And, Senator Chambers has been accused of not actually living in his district. Expulsion proceedings?

Click here for senators’ contact information.
Click here for committee assignments.
Click here with caution for the financial status of the General Fund.

THE WEEK THAT WAS

Senator Sue Crawford introduced LB 97, the Riverfront Development District Act.

LB 77 is about electronic access to Department of Revenue records by cities. The bill allows cities electronic access to records if they have an agreement under the Nebraska Advantage Transformational Tourism and Redevelopment Act. We are not in play under current language in the bill…and we want to keep it that way.

BILLS OF INTEREST

LB37   Adopt the Uniform Wage Garnishment Act
LB77   Change access to sales and use tax information by cities
LB97   Adopt the Riverfront Development District Act
LB115 Transfers $85K from the State Visitors Promotion Cash Fund for Omaha for music festivals

Click here for all legislation introduced the first three days.