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Social issues defining first weeks of Legislature likely to dominate session

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An illustration of six state senators in the Nebraska Legislature divided into six equal sqares.
After the introduction of two bills to address LGBTQ and transgender Nebraskans, State Sen. Danielle Conrad of Lincoln abruptly called for the Legislature to...

Keeping Up With the Legislature: Days 9-12 (Jan. 16-20)

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Speaker John Arch addresses the legislative chamber from his seat on the legislative floor.
In the third week of the Nebraska Legislature’s 2023 session, state senators approved the session’s permanent rules and considered a motion that could have...

State senators propose age restrictions, penalties for drag show performances

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Nebraskans crowd around a drag queen for Drag Story Hour in Omaha's Urban Abbey.
A proposed bill in the Nebraska Legislature would add an age limit to drag shows in the state and prohibit state agencies from using...

Keeping Up With the Legislature: Days Four-Eight (Jan. 9-13)

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Nebraska state senators listen to Speaker of the Legislature John Arch as he gives an announcement from the legislative floor.
In the second week of the Nebraska Legislature’s 2023 session, state senators approved committee assignments, began considering dozens of procedural changes and previewed how...

Near-total abortion ban, pregnancy center tax credit could be in Nebraska’s...

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State Sen. Joni Albrecht prepares to speak during a news conference.
State Sen. Joni Albrecht of Thurston and 28 of her colleagues joined for a news conference in the Nebraska State Capitol on Wednesday, Jan....

Preview of Thursday hearing for Nebraska Legislature Rules Committee

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Clerk of the Nebraska Legislature Brandon Metzler flips through the chamber's current rules.
State Sen. Steve Erdman of Bayard will lead Thursday’s Rules Committee hearing for the Nebraska Legislature regarding dozens of proposed rules changes for the...

Keeping Up With the Legislature: Days One-Three (Jan. 4-6)

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Gov.-elect Jim Pillen shakes hands with state senators in the Nebraska State Capitol while walking to be sworn in as governor.
State senators have already completed three of the 90 days in the 2023 session, though not without complications and allegations of some senators advancing...

Views from the Legislature: Day One, 2023

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State Sen. Machaela Cavanaugh and her three daughters play at her desk in the Nebraska State Capitol.
A new crop of state senators looked ahead and celebrated the future on Wednesday as they embark on day one of what is set...

Who’s who in the Nebraska Legislature: 2023-24 leadership

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Speaker of the Legislature John Arch speaks to colleagues from his seat in the Nebraska State Capitol
Nebraska state senators chose more than 20 leaders among their ranks and a new clerk of the Legislature to lead the chamber for the...

Legislature swears in new members, selects leadership for 2023-24

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Newly elected state senators raise their right hands in the Nebraska State Capitol to take their oaths of office.
Twenty-six Nebraska state senators took their oaths of office on Wednesday, Jan. 4, and selected more than a dozen leaders who will fill out...