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A special session or pause in the Nebraska Legislature is anticipated due to delays in delivering U.S. Census data. This data is needed for redrawing districts served by state legislators, U.S. congressional representatives, and other elected officials. Normally, the once-a-decade […]

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The second session of the 106th Nebraska Legislature adjourned sine die on August 13 after 60 legislative days of a session interrupted by COVID-19. Speaker Jim Scheer suspended the session in mid-March in response to growing safety concerns regarding the […]

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Lawmakers reconvened at the Capitol July 20 to complete the second session of the 106th Nebraska Legislature. Speaker Jim Scheer of Norfolk suspended the session in March due to public health concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Senators returned to a […]

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The Nebraska Legislature temporarily reconvened on Monday, March 23 at 1:30 p.m. Speaker of the Legislature Jim Scheer announced March 20 that senators will meet to authorize emergency funding addressing needs arising from the spread of COVID-19. The emergency session […]

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Nebraska lawmakers are likely to return to the Capitol on March 23 to approve emergency aid for state agencies that are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Speaker of the Legislature Jim Scheer indicated he expects to decide whether to temporarily […]

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The Nebraska Legislature announced on March 16 that it will temporarily suspend its legislative session due to growing concerns about COVID-19. The Legislature will not meet as scheduled March 17 and will remain suspended until reconvened by the speaker’s office. […]

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The Nebraska Legislature adjourned sine die on May 31. The legislative session ended on the 84th day, sooner than the scheduled 90-day session. During the session lawmakers passed a balanced budget, enacted legislation to assist military families, and increased the […]

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Gov. Pete Ricketts announced the appointments of Julie Slama and Andrew La Grone to represent District 1 and District 49, respectively. Slama will fill the seat vacated by Sen. Dan Watermeier who was elected to the Nebraska Public Service Commission […]

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The Legislature’s Tax Rate Review Committee decided no special session is needed to change the income and sales tax rates. The committee noted the state’s revenue growth for the fiscal year that ended June 30 was higher than projected, but […]

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The Nebraska Legislature adjourned sine die April 18. Lawmakers took no action on Legislative Bill 1099 to adopt the Legislative Ethics Act after Sen. Bill Kintner’s resignation last session for retweeting offensive comments and using a state-issued computer to engage […]

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The Nebraska Legislature adjourned sine die today, May 23, 2017. Much of the session consisted of battles over the state budget and a plan to cut taxes. Gov. Pete Ricketts’ plan to cut income and property tax stalled in the […]

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Reviving his concern from last year’s legislative session, Sen. Ernie Chambers introduced a bill to prevent lawmakers from accepting meals from lobbyists in the Capitol. Legislative Bill 445 is similar to a proposal Sen. Chambers sponsored last year, but it […]

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After months of scandal, state Sen. Bill Kintner resigned from the Nebraska Legislature today. Kintner’s announcement comes just hours before a resolution to expel him was expected to be brought to the floor. Problems for Kintner began last year when […]

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Speaker Galen Hadley is in favor of calling the Nebraska Legislature into a special session to address the issue of Sen. Bill Kintner. Kintner was recently fined $1,000 for using his state-issued laptop to engage in cybersex. Both Hadley and […]

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