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On Tuesday, we will begin debate of the budget bills. Completing all three stages of debate on both the state budget and the ARPA budget will be the priority for the next two weeks. Between the separate stages of debate on the budget bills, I will be scheduling some tax and spending bills that are on both general file and select file. LB 1024, the Urban Affairs Committee’s priority bill to adopt the North Omaha Recovery Act, will be one of those bills scheduled after the general file debate of the budget.
As I announced both last session and the beginning of this session, on Monday morning we will debate Senator Briese’s LB 283, the bill to provide for year-round daylight saving time. Monday will be the first day following this year’s change to daylight saving time. In the afternoon, we will have our final general file round of consent calendar bills. Monday’s list of consent calendar bills are attached to today’s agenda. Additionally, I plan to schedule for Monday afternoon, LB 661, Senator McDonnell’s bill to prohibit assault on a public transportation driver, and LB 729, Senator Lindstrom’s bill to adopt the Quick Action Closing Fund Act. Additional priority bills will be added to the agenda on a fluid basis, based upon how much time is available between our budget debates.
A reminder that as I announced last week, we will be working through the lunch hour today with an adjournment time around 3:00 p.m. This will be the pattern for the last day of our work week from this point forward. A cloture motion on LB 773 will be in order after 1 hour and 52 minutes of additional debate this morning. Also, I want to point out that today’s agenda includes an additional committee priority bill, LB 750, one of the Transportation and Telecommunications Committee’s priority bills. Please take note that all three committee priority bills on the agenda, LB 809, LB 800, and LB 750, are Christmas tree bills with several bills included in their committee amendments.