Greetings District 36. This week, the Legislature continued with the modified hearing schedule that was proposed at the start of the session. Committees hold hearings in the mornings and afternoons. The schedule was adopted in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and allows us to minimize the need for all Senators to be in the Legislative Chamber for an extended period of time. In addition, it allows staggering the number of people coming in and out of the building throughout the day. While the new hearing schedule is quite different from what Senators are accustomed to, we are confident that this format will help reduce the spread of COVID-19, and keep the Legislature working for Nebraskans.
Every year, the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision inspires countless Americans to gather in spirit to exercise their First Amendment rights and peacefully protest on behalf of the unborn. This annual spotlight on the pro-life movement is a reminder of the ever growing and inspiring movement, both across the country and here in our nation’s capital. Defending life in its earliest form is critical to the humanity of our society.
Greetings District 36! This week the Legislature saw the end of the 10-day bill introduction period. In addition, the Chief Justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court, Mike Heavican presented his State of the Judiciary address. Chief Justice Heavican reviewed how the pandemic changed the way the courts operated, while maintaining the constitutional duty to remain open. He also gave a shout out to Judge Doyle in Dawson County on Judge Doyle’s initiative to broadcast court proceedings.
On January 20, we witnessed the transition of power from one President to the next – a hallmark of our democracy. I congratulate President Biden and Vice President Harris as we move forward as a country to tackle the challenges we have in front of us. I look forward to working with the Biden administration on important issues such as rural health care, increasing trade opportunities, and fixing our nation’s infrastructure.
Greetings District 36. This week the Legislature has been busy with bill introduction. Bill introduction occurs during the first ten days of the session. Each bill introduced is required to have a public hearing, so once a bill is introduced it is referenced to a specific standing committee based on its subject matter to hold the hearing.