The 103rd Legislature, First Session convened on Wednesday for a "long" 90-day session. Senators began bill introductions on Thursday and will continue to introduce bills during the first ten days of the session. By the end of the third day, 155 new bills and three new constitutional amendments had been introduced. Bills that were not advanced or killed in 2012 were not carried over to the new session. Adjournment is tentatively scheduled for June 5.
Senator Greg Adams was elected Speaker and new committee chairs were elected. A complete list of chairs and committee members is available here. A list of senators and their contact information is here.
Following a recess day in recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, committee hearings are scheduled to begin on the afternoon of Jan. 22. All bills must have a public committee hearing. If the committee advances the bill to the full legislature, it is subject to three rounds of debate: General File, Select File, and Final Reading. Bills that pass are sent to Governor Heineman for a signature or veto.
The Legislature's website contains information pertinent to legislative activities: daily and session calendars, text of bills and amendments, daily agendas, hearing schedules, senator contact information, transcripts of debate, state laws, and more. Live video streaming of floor debate and committee hearings is provided by Nebraska Educational Television (NET).
Other legislative information is available through the following sources:
- Clerk of the Legislature - (402)471-2271
- Legislative 24-Hour Request Line - individual copies of bills or Unicameral Update subscriptions - (402)471-2877
- Hotline - answers to quesitons about the status of bills or other information - (402)471-2709; Outside Lincoln (800)742-7456
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