The combination of a billion dollars in federal pandemic recovery assistance and a healthy flow of state revenue offers "some significant opportunities," Speaker of the Legislature Mike Hilgers of Lincoln said.
Forty-eight Nebraskans representing a broad range of interests -- from business to nonprofits to education -- signed up to present their views to senators.
Gov. Pete Ricketts, who had been kept closely informed during the negotiations, swiftly signed the bills into law.
The Legislature's redistricting logjam broke open Friday after a morning of closed discussions and negotiations, then swept downstream at some…
Nebraska lawmakers advanced a compromise plan Friday afternoon that keeps all of Douglas County in the 2nd District as part of a congressional redistricting plan.
Members of the Redistricting Committee planned to continue negotiations into the night.
"I am very confident that we can get this across the finish line," Speaker Mike Hilgers of Lincoln said Wednesday after several days of impasse that threatened to abruptly end the special session with a failure to act.
Speaker of the Legislature Mike Hilgers of Lincoln raised the possibility Tuesday that the special legislative session on redistricting could end early and without accomplishing its purpose.
Speaker Mike Hilgers of Lincoln asks colleagues to be available from Sept. 13 through Sept. 30.
With $500 million in new federal pandemic funding on the way, Sen. Mike Hilgers of Lincoln has his eye on flood control, recreation, tourism and water resource sustainability.
After recessing on Monday and Tuesday, Speaker Mike Hilgers said, lawmakers would consider a resolution setting guidelines for redrawing political boundaries Wednesday as well as any veto override motions.
A policy change, unanimously approved by the University of Nebraska Board of Regents on Friday, will allow the university to consider a company's environmental and social impact on the $370 million managed by the university.
Speaker of the Legislature Mike Hilgers notified senators Friday that an ongoing law enforcement assessment currently finds "a minimal credible threat" of violence at the state Capitol this weekend.
"I have a very good relationship with the governor, one in which we can have candid conversations, work through disagreements and get results," said Sen. Mike Hilgers.
Senators will be encouraged to wear a mask while on the floor when interacting with others.
Gov. Pete Ricketts "is already too late to stop whatever UNMC will face in the coming weeks (but not too late to spare the hospital further grief next month)," Ed Yong writes in The Atlantic magazine.
Senators were scheduled to meet this week as the Legislative Council before the virus intervened.
Sen. Mike Groene of North Platte says he wants herd immunity.
The officially nonpartisan Legislature added two Republicans, saw the number of women decrease by one and grew to five senators who aren't white.
Two legislative incumbents, Sens. Andrew La Grone and Dan Quick, appeared to be unseated in tight races.