The 103rd Legislature, First Session, convened on Wednesday, January 9th. This is the “long session,” which is set by the Nebraska Constitution. The Constitution requires sixty day sessions in even-numbered years and ninety day sessions in odd-numbered years. Legislative days are working days and not calendar days.
The first day was interesting to say the least. We voted on committee chairs and vice chairs of standing committees will be elected by the committee members upon their first meeting. I am honored to have been appointed as the Chair of the Agriculture Committee. Here is a listing of the committees and their new makeup:
Executive Board: Wightman (Chair), Krist (Vice Chair), Adams, Avery, Campbell, Chambers, Christensen, Karpisek, Lathrop, and Mello (nonvotin ex officio).
Agriculture Committee: Schilz (Chair), Bloomfield, Chambers, Hansen, B. Harr, Johnson, Lathrop, Wallman.
Appropriations: Mello (Chair), Bolz, Conrad, Harms, Kintner, Larson, Nelson, Nordquist, Wightman.
Banking, Commerce, and Insurance: Gloor (Chair), Campbell, Carlson, Christensen, Crawford, Howard, Pirsch, Schumacher.
Business and Labor: Lathrop (Chair), Ashford, Chambers, Hansen, B. Harr, McGill, Wallman.
Education: Sullivan (Chair), Avery, Cook, Davis, K Haar, Kolowski, Scheer, Seiler.
General Affairs: Karpisek (Chair), Bloomfield, Coash, Johnson, Krist, Lautenbaugh, Murante, Schilz
Government, Military and Veterans Affairs: Avery (Chair), Bloomfield, Karpisek, Lautenbaugh, Murante, Price, Scheer, Wallman.
Health and Human Services: Campbell (Chair) Cook, Crawford, Gloor, Howard, Krist, Watermeier.
Judiciary: Ashford (Chair), Chambers, Christensen, Coash, Davis, Lathrop, McGill, Seiler.
Natural Resources: Carlson (Chair), Brasch, Dubas, K. Haar, Johnson, Kolowski, Schilz, Smith.
Nebraska Retirement Systems: Nordquist (Chair), Conrad, Davis, Karpisek, Kolowski, Mello.
Revenue: Hadley (Chair), Hansen, B. Harr, Janssen, McCoy, Pirsch, Schumacher, Sullivan
Transportation and Telecommunications: Dubas (Chair), Brasch, Hadley, Janssen, McCoy, Price, Smith, Watermeier.
Urban Affairs: McGill (Chair), Ashford, Coash, Karpisek, Krist, Lautenbaugh, Murante.
This session is the first session of my second term in office. This has been a great experience and I am honored to be able to continue serving the people of the 47th district. I look forward to this session and the challenges we will face.