Greetings Northeast Lincoln!
The One Hundred Fifth Legislature officially began on January 4th, 2017.
This legislative session, I have introduced 20 bills, all of which have had public hearings. Seven of these bills have been advanced out of their respective committees. LB93, LB146, LB211, LB258, LB363 and LB519 have been advanced to General File, and LB113 was approved by the Governor on March 29th.
On March 1st, Nebraska marked 150 years of statehood with celebrations around the state and here at the Capitol. I joined my fellow Senators and members of the Executive and Judicial branches of state government in the celebration. Governor Ricketts signed a proclamation declaring March 1 as Statehood Day here in Nebraska, and Hannah Huston, a Grand Island native and former finalist on “The Voice” sang “The Star Spangled Banner” and “America the Beautiful”. It was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the many things that make Nebraska unique and a wonderful place to live.
My wife Jane and I at the Sesquicentennial Celebration.
At this point in the legislative session, senators and committees have designated their priority bills. Each senator gets to select one bill and their personal priority bill, ensuring it will be debated on the floor during the session. Each committee can designate two priority bills, and the Speaker of the Legislature can designate 25 priority bills. Senators are not limited to prioritizing their own bill, and some senators choose to prioritize bills introduced by other senators. With over 600 bills introduced in this session alone, this process serves to ensure important topics are discussed during the legislative session. You can find all of the bills prioritized this session on the Nebraska Legislature website
I have designated LB259
as my personal priority bill. This bill will serve as an update of our criminal court procedures. I have been working with stakeholders such as prosecutors, defense attorneys, and court administrators to make efficient and fair use of our court system.
Introducing LB145 in front of the Judiciary Committee. Image courtesy of Unicameral Update.
Unicameral Youth Legislature
Sen. Hansen invites students to youth legislature
High school students are invited to take on the role of state senators at the Unicameral Youth Legislature June 11-14. At the State Capitol, student senators will sponsor bills, conduct committee hearings, debate legislation and discover the unique process of the nation’s only unicameral. The Unicameral Youth Legislature gives behind-the-scenes access to students who have an interest in public office, government, politics, law, public policy, debate or public speaking. Students will learn about the inner workings of the Legislature directly from senators and staff. Registrants are encouraged to apply for a Greg Adams Civic Scholarship award, which covers the full cost of admission. Applicants must submit a short essay. Other $100 scholarships are also available. The Office of the Clerk of the Nebraska Legislature coordinates the Unicameral Youth Legislature. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Extension 4-H Youth Development Office coordinates housing and recreational activities as part of the Big Red Summer Camps program.
To learn more about the program, go to www.NebraskaLegislature.gov/uyl or call (402) 471-2788. The deadline for registration is May 15.