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Zach Wendling is a senior journalism and political science double major at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln focused on political, policy and governance reporting. He is the spring 2023 intern for the Nebraska Examiner and has been published in publications across the state as part of the Nebraska News Service. Wendling interned for The Hill and The News Station in Washington, D.C. and worked for The Daily Nebraskan at UNL. He is one of the founding members and inaugural president of UNL's new campus chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

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

State senators work on the floor of the Nebraska Legislature. Speaker John Arch stands at his desk addressing his colleagues, some who turn in their seats to listen and others who continue working on their phones, laptops or papers in front of them.
Editor's Note: This article has been updated to reflect committee assignments and leadership positions for state senators following the resignation of State Sen. Suzanne...

Nebraska Legislative Study Group prioritizes action, community in fifth year

Nebraska Legislative Study Group co-founders Cindy Maxwell-Ostdiek, Brooklynne Rosado, Angie Philips and Christi Bradley join for a photo in a brown gazebo on a spring day. Trees are bright green with lush green grass in the background while pink foliage peaks out behind Bradley’s shoulder.
Two years after Donald Trump won the 2016 president election, four Nebraska women joined to form a progressive political group in the state dedicated...

Social issues defining first weeks of Legislature likely to dominate session

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)

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

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)

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...

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

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)

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

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...