Inside the Rotunda

Inside the Rotunda, Week 15

The Interim Approaches As the Nebraska Legislature prepares to adjourn Sine Die Wednesday, the pace around the Capitol is already starting to get less hurried. That’s not to suggest that senators and staff don’t work during the interim. However, the work takes on a different tone as returning senators and

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Inside the Rotunda, Week 12

Line in the Sand Drama erupted in the Nebraska Legislature as senators drew a line in the sand to continue funding for health clinics that serve women and rural Nebraskans. The Legislature previously advanced the mainline budget bill, LB944, to Select File with language stating that “no funds disbursed under

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Inside the Rotunda, Week 11

An Exhausting Week The Nebraska Legislature had its first late night of the session last week as Senators battled over the budget. Debate lasted six hours and was devoted almost entirely to the issue of Title X funding for women’s health clinics that provide preventative health care services to women

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Inside the Rotunda, Week Ten

Digging in for a Fight Some Capitol insiders have described the upcoming legislative week as the one that could “blow up” the session. This is because the budget bills will be up for debate Tuesday, following the release of last week’s Appropriations Committee Budget Report. It will be déjà vu

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Inside the Rotunda, Week Nine

Spring Awakening The weather isn’t the only thing warming up. So is the George Norris Legislative Chamber. With all-day floor debate in full bloom, priority bills selected and late nights about to begin, the Nebraska Legislature will soon be debating some of its most high-profile and contentious issues. Front and

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Inside the Rotunda, Week Eight

Tension in the Chamber As the Nebraska Legislature adjourned Friday, an extraordinary scene ensued in the Legislative Chamber. The dispute was as much about legislative process as substance. The scene began when Senator Murante introduced a motion on Senator McCollister’s LB350 to return that bill from Final Reading to Select

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Inside the Rotunda, Week Seven

The Fish Bowl The thick glass wall that separates the George Norris Legislative Chamber from the Capitol Rotunda creates an almost zoo-like like atmosphere, giving everyone an opportunity to witness what is happening in the other “dimension,” but also creating mystery and intrigue.  Lobbyists watch Senators move around the Chamber,

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Inside the Rotunda, Week Six

The Clock Ticks The Legislature’s agenda for the next two months will soon be a lot clearer as the clock ticks on priority bill designations. Most bills brought before the Legislature do not make it to home plate (football season is over, so time to switch up the sports metaphors)

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Inside the Rotunda, Week Five

Legislating: Sometimes it’s like Football Ever watch a football team lose a game because the coaches mismanaged the clock? Similar misfortunes can happen in the game of legislating. When votes are tight and opposition to a bill is strong enough to derail it, senators and staff try to make the

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Inside the Rotunda, Week 4

What’s Recess? On scheduled recess days, like today, the business of the Nebraska Legislature continues. Legislative staffers take the opportunity to catch up on their tasks and get ready for the hearings and floor debates ahead.  Senators have meetings and lobbyists continue twisting arms and making their cases. In fact,

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