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Sen. Mike Hilgers

Speaker of the Legislature

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Tuesday we begin full day floor debate. After today, we have twenty-one days to complete all general file and select file debate. For my planning purposes, at least eight of those days the priority will be the debate of the budget bills—both the state’s general fund budget and the ARPA budget. With 64 priority bills yet to be debated on general file and another 28 sitting on select file, it is very unlikely all priority bills will be completed this session. Exactly how many priority bills this body will be able to address will be dependent upon each of you.

With respect to the schedule, I prepared a separate speaker’s memo outlining the dates reserved for evening debate and the scheduling format for the remainder of our session days (posted separately on this webpage). For next week, please plan on an adjournment time between 5:00 to 5:30 p.m. for the first three full days of debate. Friday, March 11, we will follow our last day of the work week schedule outlined in the memo (no lunch break and adjournment around 2:00 or 3:00 p.m.).

With the designation of all priority bills and a few days for me to become familiar with those bills, I am now prepared to provide more notice to the body of the bills which will be debated the following week in order to allow senators time to prepare. (However, please keep in mind that I will be scheduling additional bills unannounced if floor time permits.)

Tuesday morning will be consent calendar bills on all three stages of debate. I plan to schedule a final general file consent calendar the following week. The deadline to submit to me a consent calendar request letter will be today at 3:00 p.m. for all bills currently reported to general file. I will accept additional consent calendar request letters on Tuesday, March 8 until 1:00 p.m. The extended deadline on March 8 will only be for a bill which is reported to general file on Tuesday prior to our noon recess. A bill voted out of committee but not reported to general file by Tuesday morning will be ineligible for consideration for our final consent calendar.

In addition to consent calendar, on Tuesday I plan to continue with the non-committee priority bills left unfinished from today’s agenda. Additionally, I plan to schedule LB 1112, Senator McKinney’s bill to adopt the computer science and technology act.

At the end of the day Tuesday, I will be scheduling a motion to pull from the Judiciary Committee LB 773, the concealed carry bill, which Senator Brewer will be filing later this morning.

Wednesday, I will be scheduling the following four bills:
LB 1023, my bill to adopt the Lake Development Act and the Water Recreation Enhancement Act (prioritized by Senator McDonnell);
LB 1015, the bill to adopt the Perkins County Canal Project Act (prioritized by Senator Hughes);
LB 1073, Senator Wayne’s bill to create the Department of Housing and Urban Development (prioritized by Senator Matt Hansen); and
LB 519, Senator Morfeld’s bill to provide immunity from arrest and prosecution for certain drug and alcohol offenses for witnesses and victims of sexual assault.

On Thursday, I plan to schedule a bill which will likely take a cloture vote to advance. Whether or not that will be LB 773, or another bill, will be contingent upon the outcome of the pull motion scheduled on Tuesday.

And the final day of next week will be a day to complete items left unfinished from earlier in the week and either the completion of the committee priority bills scheduled today or some additional committee priority bills. I will make that assessment based upon today’s progress.

Sen. Mike Hilgers

Speaker of the Legislature
Room 2103
P.O. Box 94604
Lincoln, NE 68509
(402) 471-2673
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