Capitol Fly on the Wall

Fly on the Wall 2022: ARPA update, public hearings begin

Hearings Begin Committees began holding afternoon hearings on new proposals.  Some notable hearings that happened last week include: LB 838 (Kolterman) would provide State support to recruit and stabilize our early childhood workforce LB 724 (M. Hansen) would provide cities with more flexibility to create affordable housing plans LB 773

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Fly on the Wall 2022: Heated debate theme of early session

Convention of States Advances and Private School Tax Credits Defeated – For Now? In days 4-7 of the 60-day legislative session, lawmakers jumped headfirst into heated debate over controversial measures. Beginning with 2022 priority bills, LR 14 (Halloran – Convention of States), LB 310 (Clements – Inheritance Tax cuts), and

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Fly on the Wall 2022: Session begins

After what seemed like a brief interim for those of us that were engaged in the special session this fall, the Legislature reconvened this week. It’s a short 60-day session with a lot on the table. Here’s my picks for what will receive the most attention: 1. COVID Relief &

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Inside the Rotunda 2021: Week 21

Week 21 – Sine Die (for now…) At last, we’ve completed the final week of the 2021 regular legislative session.  Sine Die, Latin for “without (additional) day” or the last official day of the year, was on Thursday.  Monday and Tuesday were recess days, leaving Wednesday as the only day

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Inside the Rotunda – Week 20

A flurry of activity unfolded last week as Senators tackled the last substantive week of this year’s session in a final series of late nights.  Meatpacking Protections bill killed in 2nd round upset In a surprise upset, opponents led by Senator John Lowe filed a motion to bracket LB 241

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Inside the Rotunda 2021: Week 19

Inside the Rotunda 2021: Week 19 This week, Senators pressed on in the third consecutive week of late night debates.  Medical Cannabis (Barely) Fails to Advance Senators took a filibuster of Sen. Anna Wishart’s LB 474 a full 8 hours, and in a nail-biting vote, it fell two votes short

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Inside the Rotunda 2021: Week 18

Week 18: Spending Bills Continue to Stir Controversy In a second consecutive week of a series of late-night debates, tensions continue to run high and this Fly senses that some legislators are getting weary of burning the candle at both ends.  Some good news is on the horizon, though, for

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Inside the Rotunda: Week 17

Spending and Taxation Week The past week, full of long debates over measures related to taxation and state spending, left Senators and staff very ready for a long weekend, with the Arbor Day state holiday on Friday and a recess day on Monday.  To start the week, Senators approved some

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