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This week was a busy one as I participated in the Legislative Council’s planning meeting for the upcoming session. This event gives the State Senators an opportunity to gather prior to the
holidays to discuss the upcoming session and discuss topics that we know will be priorities once the session begins.
This year the meeting was also an opportunity to start conversations with colleagues about leadership roles, committee assignments, and other matters related to the governance of the
legislative body – something that happens every other year at the start of the biennium. With much of the body changing due to term limits – the dynamics are different this year and as state senators we are getting to know our incoming colleagues, their interests, and what areas they may be interested in working on as it relates to policy matters.
As I have shared previously, I intend to run for re-election as the chair of the Retirement committee. Many senators have announced their intent to seek chairmanships as well and still others will announce in the coming weeks.
Committee assignments are made through a committee called the “Committee on Committees” made up of 4 individuals from each Congressional district in the state. I have served on this committee previously and hope to serve on it again this coming session as well. If given the opportunity, this will allow me to work with my colleagues on the committee to find the best
committee assignments for each state senator. We work through a variety of factors for each member of the body, including seniority, scheduling, which caucus they are from, and their
interest in serving on various committees. We try to accommodate each member in providing an opportunity for he or she to serve on a committee of preference, but sometimes for the newer
members of the legislature, it can be challenging.
With Thanksgiving approaching, I want to wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with family, good food, and joyful hearts. I’ve always enjoyed Thanksgiving as a time to reflect on the bounty that is before us as Nebraskans. Even in our hardest times, I see good in Nebraskans who support and care for their neighbors, and at this time of year, I encourage you to reflect on the many blessings we share. A blessed Thanksgiving to all!