LEGISLATIVE UPDATE, January 17, 2021

Ahhhh The Legislature will not convene tomorrow in observance of MLK Day. Interestingly, two bills that would create new holidays are already on file. Juneteenth would replace Arbor Day as a state holiday, and May 19 would become El-Hajj Malik Shabazz, Malcolm X Day....

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE, January 10, 2021

The kids are back! Forty-nine senators, dressed in their Sunday best, gathered Wednesday for the 107th Legislature’s long (90-day) session. All passed the temperature test, most wore face coverings, and plexiglass partitions erected the last session stifled the...

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE, August 16, 2020

Long as God Can Grow It Like a house guest who overstays his welcome, Acrimony languished in the George Norris Chamber for the legislative session’s final three days. Short tempers and sensitive feelings don’t make for good lawmaking, but senators...

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE, August 9, 2020

The Room Where it Happens Governor Ricketts signed the $9.3 billion adjusted state budget without so much as a single line-item veto. Hrumph! Who doesn’t enjoy a good veto override battle on the floor of the Legislature? The Super Seven emerged from “the...

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE, August 2, 2020

Step Right Up Big News!! The “Super Seven” (not to be confused with the previous Gang of Ten) may have arrived at a compromise to reduce property taxes. The Legislature’s Bill Drafters are writing an amendment to Priority Bill, LB 930 so we can...

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE, July 26, 2020

He Said, She Said Before Monday, all state senators had not been in the same room since March 25. As the COVID interrupted legislative session came to order, a certain awkwardness was to be expected until the ship righted itself. From the vantage point of a 55″...