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As time becomes more scarce, please note a few items regarding scheduling:
• First, we will continue the start of the work week at 9:00 a.m. (instead of 10:00 a.m.).
• Second, we will continue the one-hour lunch break (noon-1:00 p.m.) the first three days of the work week.
• Third, the final day of the work week will continue to be an adjournment time of around 3:00 p.m. with no lunch break.
• Fourth, on evening sessions we will continue without a formal dinner break.
Finally, please have your schedule cleared for the possibility of being here through 10pm or later if needed. While I continue to believe that consistently going beyond 8pm is not best practice, if we get bogged down or have additional work to complete we need the flexibility to go later than 8pm if we need to on a given day. We are discussing some concepts to provide more certainty and guidance to the schedule, but, in the meantime, I would ask you to be prepared to be here late each of those days (excluding the last day of the work week).
We will begin Monday with the general file debate of LB 919, Senator Aguilar’s priority bill which the Revenue Committee has advanced to general file with the provisions of their tax reduction package. Following that debate, we will take up the select file debate of LB 1014, the ARPA bill. The process for the select file debate will be handled the same as the general file debate. Select file amendments to LB 1014 filed by 10:00 a.m. on Monday will be considered for early scheduling.
I will be utilizing similar criteria for my evaluation of each amendment for ordering:
1) the proposal’s eligibility for ARPA funding;
2) whether the proposal includes both funding and a matching reduction;
3) the level of controversy of the proposal; and
4) non-duplication with another proposed amendment on select file or an amendment previously considered on general file.
Next Tuesday we will have final reading of the budget bills (LBs 1011, 1012, and 1013). The ARPA bill will be scheduled for final reading on Wednesday.
In addition to the tax reduction proposal and the budget bills, my goal next week will be to address the many priority bills sitting on select file while continuing to address priority bills on general file. Currently, there are 21 priority bills on select file and 40 priority bills on general file. Friday, April 8th, is the final day for general file debate. To ensure no pocket vetoes, Monday, April 11th, is the final day for select file debate.