Five legislative days remain until Speaker Jim Scheer adjourns this session sine die on May 23. Sine die is Latin for “Don’t let the door hit you in the dolium on your way out.”

After beginning the year with a $900,000 revenue shortfall, senators delivered a stripped-down $8.9 billion balanced budget to Governor Ricketts last week. Kudos to the Appropriations Committee led by chairman John Stinner.

With line item veto authority the Governor has already cut $11 million from a Capitol improvement project. We expect more vetoes on three additional budget bills. Veto is another Latin word for “I forbid you to be smarter than me.”

Senators have the last word on all gubernatorial vetoes. A veto override requires 30 (out of 49) votes. Count on conservative senators to coalesce behind the Governor. The Latin translation for coalesce is “et albus” loosely meaning “I’m running for reelection and can’t afford to have the Governor upset with me and tossing his support behind my opponent.” Sigh ne die.

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Tracking Sheet Priority Bills:

  • LB 97 (Crawford) Monitor. APPROVED BY THE GOVERNOR. Riverfront Development District Act.
  • LB 222 (Stinner) Support. APPROVED BY GOVERNOR. Nebraska Visitors Development Act that changes the membership of, and provides changes and eliminates powers and duties of the Nebraska Tourism Commission.
  • LB 628 (Larson) Oppose. HELD ON GENERAL FILE. Airbnb bill. Cities and counties are prohibited from certain authority over short-term rentals of residential property.

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