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Nebraska Unicameral Update- Feb. 25, 2020

The Nebraska Legislature has hit the half-way mark in its “short,” 60 day session. Lawmakers are tentatively scheduled to adjourn on April 23, 2020. Hearings for 482 new bills introduced during the second year of the biennium will wrap up later this week.

Nebraska Unicameral Update- Feb. 11, 2020

We have made it more than a third of the way through the “short,” 60 day session. The Legislature is tentatively scheduled to adjourn on April 23, 2020. The 482 new bills introduced during the second year of the biennium will be heard before one of 14 standing committees between now and Feb. 27.

Last week, the Center joined Sen. Tom Brandt of Plymouth, at a hearing on LB 996 which will create the Broadband Data Improvement Program. The Center is also keeping an eye on several other bills. 

Nebraska Unicameral Update - Jan. 28

Today is day 13 of the Nebraska Legislature’s “short,” 60 day session. The 10 day bill introduction window ended on Jan 23. The Legislature is tentatively scheduled to adjourn on April 23, 2020.

Each of the 482 new bills introduced during the second year of the biennium will be heard before one of 14 standing committees between now and Feb 27. There are also 481 carryover bills from 2019 that may be voted out of committee and/or brought to the floor for debate.

Addressing Obesity in Nebraska’s Youth: Water Consumption in Schools

Due to the time young people spend there, schools are a natural location for proactive, cost-effective interventions to reduce obesity. Policy options to do so include more access to no-cost drinking water, education, promotion of water as a substitute for sugary beverages, and inclusion of water fountains and/or water bottle filling stations in new school buildings.

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Can’t make the hearing in Lincoln? 6 steps for weighing in on legislation

Nebraska residents are often referred to as the second house of our unique unicameral legislative system. Recognizing the importance of constituent voices in the legislative process and the long distances some must travel to appear before a legislative committee, rules now allow letters of testimony to be submitted and included as an exhibit in the official hearing record, permitting participation in the process—even if you are not able to travel to Lincoln.

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