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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.

Legislators seek higher percentage of postsecondary-educated Nebraskans by 2030

Sen. Lynne Walz of Fremont, chair of the Education Committee, introduces legislation at a news conference in the Nebraska State Capitol on March 16, 2022.
Higher education institutions could adopt a statewide goal aimed to increase the percentage of Nebraskans who have a postsecondary education. A legislative resolution — LR335...

Women state senators reflect on successes, shortcomings of Legislature

Headshots of the 13 women of the Nebraska Legislature
March 19 celebrates women in public office, and the 13 women elected to the Nebraska Legislature reflected on the chamber’s environment for women and...

Keeping up with the Legislature: March 7-11

The Nebraska State Capitol at sunset on Feb. 17, 2022. The image has "Keeping up with the Legislature, Weekly Updates on the 2022 Legislative Session" in writing.
March 7-11: Concealed carry, rental assistance, lakes and canals Legislators give first-round approval to “constitutional carry” handgun bill After eight hours of debate on March 11,...

Lawmakers consider outlawing ‘stealthing’: nonconsensual condom removal

State Sen. Carol Blood introduces one of her bills before the Nebraska Judiciary Committee on March 3, 2022.
Lawmakers opened the conversation March 3 into whether Nebraska should outlaw nonconsensual removal of a condom during sex, also known as “stealthing.” Sen. Carol Blood...

Lawmakers consider bill to allow physicians to deny services based on...

State Sen. Dave Murman introduces one of his bills before the Nebraska Health and Human Services Committee on March 2, 2022.
Doctors may have a legal way to deny services based on their personal views under a bill considered by the Nebraska Health and Human...

Arbor Day, Election Day could be paired through proposed legislation

State Sen. Eliot Bostar of Lincoln testifies Feb. 24, 2022, before the Legislature's Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.
Nebraskans could celebrate Election Day and Arbor Day at the same time in a bill considered Feb. 24 by the Legislature’s Government, Military and...

Nebraska GOP, Democratic priorities for the 2022 legislative session

The Nebraska State Capitol pictured at sunset on Feb. 17, 2022.
The Nebraska Legislature is nonpartisan, but partisan influences still have a large impact on the nation's only Unicameral Legislature. The two largest political parties in...

Keeping up with the Legislature: Feb. 21-25

A committee room in the Nebraska State Capitol on Feb. 24, 2022. The text, "KEEPING UP WITH THE LEGISLATURE, WEEKLY UPDATES ON THE 2022 LEGISLATIVE SESSION" is over the image.
Feb. 21-25: Ricketts appoints Sen. Mike Jacobson, abortion bills and Arbor Day changes Investigation into former senator Groene continues, replacement sworn in Gov. Pete Ricketts on...

National issues come to head in Lincoln; group launches petition campaign...

Person signs petition
By Lauren Penington and Zach Wendling LINCOLN — Lincoln citizens may soon vote on whether to accept the City Council’s new Fairness Ordinance after a...

Keeping up with the Legislature: Feb. 14-18

The Nebraska State Capitol at sunset on Feb. 17, 2022. The image has "Keeping up with the Legislature, Weekly Updates on the 2022 Legislative Session" in writing.
Feb. 14-18: Groene investigation, health standards and pandemic relief funds Hunt requests investigation into now-former senator Mike Groene Sen. Megan Hunt of Omaha on Feb. 19,...