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Judiciary Committee

Welcome
January 4th, 2017

The Judiciary Committee is responsible for processing legislation involving the following subject areas:

  • courts; judges; procedures; Rules of Evidence; judicial districts; jurisdiction; juvenile code
  • criminal code; crimes and punishments; capital punishment
  • guardianships and conservatorships
  • probate
  • community corrections
  • law enforcement; State Patrol
  • criminal procedure; crime victim’s reparations
  • civil procedure; civil law
  • probation; parole
  • real property; conveyances; liens; condemnation; eminent domain; landlords and tenants
  • marriage and divorce; child custody
  • child support; parenting time
  • liens; liability; tort claims; civil rights; arbitration; obscenity; abortion
  • immigration
  • handgun permits; possession and use of guns

During session, the Judiciary Committee meets on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays in the Warner Chamber on the 2nd floor of the Capitol.

Letters for the Record
February 13th, 2019

If you are not testifying in person on a bill and would like to submit a written position letter to be included in the official hearing record as an exhibit, the letter must be delivered to the office of the committee chair (or emailed to the committee chair) of the committee conducting the hearing on the bill by 5:00 p.m. on the last work day prior to the public hearing.

Additionally, the letter must include your name and address, state a position of for, against, or neutral on the bill in question and include a request for the letter to be included as part of the public hearing record.  Mass mailings, form letters or post cards will not be included in the public record.

Welcome to Judiciary Committee
February 13th, 2019

The following is information to assist you in presenting your testimony to the committee.

COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
Senator Steve Lathrop, Chairperson…………..……………..Omaha / District 12
Senator Patty Pansing-Brooks, Vice Chair ……..………….Lincoln / District 28
Senator Tom Brandt…………………………………………Plymouth / District 32
Senator Ernie Chambers .……..……………….……………Omaha/ District 11
Senator Wendy DeBoer…………..………………………….Bennington/ District 10
Senator Adam Morfeld …….……………………………….Lincoln/ District 46
Senator Julie Slama…………………………………………..Peru/ District 1
Senator Justin Wayne…………….………………………….Omaha/ District 13

AGENDA:
The order in which the committee will take up bills will be as posted on the Agenda but will be subject to change at the discretion of the chairperson.

TESTIMONY:
There are yellow testifier sheets on the table as you enter the hearing room. Fill out a yellow testifier sheet only if you actually plan to testify before the committee. Please legibly PRINT your name, complete address, position on the bill and who you represent regarding the bill on which you wish to testify.
Hand the yellow testifier sheet to the page as you come forward to testify.

There is also a separate sign-in sheet available at the table for people who are present at the hearing who wish to express their support or opposition to a bill, but do not wish to testify. This sheet will be included in the official hearing record. Sign this sheet only if you are not testifying,

PROCEDURE:
The introducer of the bill will make an opening statement, followed by testimony from proponents, opponents and neutral testimony. Closings are reserved for the introducing senator only.

When you come forward to testify, hand your yellow testifier sheet to the page. Please state your first and last name and SPELL THEM FOR THE RECORD before proceeding with your testimony.

We use a light system with a time limit for all testifiers other than the introducer of the bill. The green light will come on when you start, the yellow light is your one-minute warning, and the red light means to wrap up your final thought and stop. The committee members may also ask you questions at the conclusion of your testimony.

SUGGESTIONS:
– If you have a prepared statement, it is helpful to make 12 copies for the committee and staff. Written materials will be passed out by the pages and recorded as exhibits

– Use of props is not allowed as they cannot be made part of the official record.

– If you are following other testifiers, please listen to their comments and try not to be repetitive.

– Applause or demonstrations of any sort are not permitted.

-SHUT OFF OR SILENCE CELL PHONES

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