March 5, 2021 •
Nebraska Census Delays Could Lead to Special Legislative Session
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 census is done by October, affording plenty of time for double-checks so that census numbers needed for redistricting can be delivered by April 1.
COVID-19 and other factors delayed the 2020 Census, and now state officials are expecting the census data to be delivered September 30.
This is three months after the regular session of the Legislature is scheduled to end.
A special meeting, session, or some of the 49-member Nebraska Legislature will be special accommodation, will be necessary.
Rather than calling a separate special session, the Legislature could decide to pause its 90-day session before its scheduled end date of June 10.
The session will, then, resume the remainder of the session in the fall.
Delaying the end of the session would also delay the implementation date for many bills until late into the year.
This created a strong argument for ending the regular session and then gaveling in a special session later.
No decision has been made yet because of the uncertainty due to the pandemic.
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