All about the calendar

Monday is Day 12 of the 60-day legislative session. Mornings (9am – noon) are spent in floor debate on carryover bills from last year.  Bills introduced this session should start popping-up on the agenda soon.

Afternoons (1:30pm – finish) are reserved for committee hearings on bills introduced this session.

In our Unicameral, there are 5 milestone dates for senators, staff, lobbyists and political nerds.

  1. 1/3/18      First Day.  Exciting as the first day of 3rd Grade.
  2. 4/17/18    Adjourn Sine Die.  Exciting as the last day of 3rd Grade.
  3. 1/18/18    Day 10. Bill introductions cease – to the benefit of all Nebraskans.
  4. TBD          Committee hearings end.  Needs no explanation.
  5. TBD          Priority bills designated.  Stabilizes the field at 108.

Last Thursday, the Chief Justice delivered the same State of the Judiciary speech that he did last year.  Nebraska’s Judicial Branch is operating “on the cheap” because their budget requests are not nearly fully funded.  Facing a $200 million state budget shortfall, the Governor proposed a 2% cut to the Judiciary’s upcoming budget. In fairness, he proposed cuts to almost every state department budget.  We desperately need the Ag sector to recover!

Sen. Larson introduced two bills last week. LB469 would legalize fantasy “contests” and LR18CA would allow 18 year-olds to hold public office.  Both were predictably and successfully filibustered by Sen. Chambers.  It’s Groundhog Day.

What’s up?

  • LB802 Creates the Nebraska Tourism Commission Promotional Cash Fund.  Vendors that develop,  print, and distribute publications and promotional materials on behalf of the commission shall on a monthly basis submit to the commission all revenue received from the sale of advertising space in such publications.
  • LB1067 Authorizes a special tourism surcharge under the Business Improvement District Act.  Authorize the use of funds for tourism promotion and marketing activities and improvements to tourism attractions.  Provides for representation on district boards from local convention or visitors’ bureaus; to allow business improvement districts to be formed of non-contiguous areas.
  • LB1084 Eliminates sales tax exemption for many items including: storage and moving services, cleaning of clothing, landscape services, pet services, taxi, limousine and parking lot services.