Bills to Follow
Legislative Bills for the 106th Legislature, 1st Session
The 2019 Legislative Session began Wednesday, January 9th.
Last year, NASB was extremely busy, testifying on over 30 bills in front of just about every Committee. Roughly half from the offensive/long-term solution/investment point of view, with the other half defending local control and fighting the various bills that we feel centralize public education in Nebraska. We see much of the same for 2019. NASB sees a lot on the horizon regarding all of the various tax bills as well, and will continue to voice that whatever bill(s) come out this year need to break the narrative that spending is the problem, and that for any meaningful property tax relief, there has to be alternative revenue sources.
2019 Has new faces and new places
- 13 seats are new for 2019 as 6 Senators were term-limited, 2 did not re-run, 3 incumbents lost their election, and 2 won other elections.
- 88% of the body will have four years or less experience, as 43 of 49 are new as of 2014.
- The make-up of the Committee's and Committee Chairs look somewhat different than last year
- Sen. Jim Scheer of Norfolk was re-elected to serve as the Speaker
- Your Chair of the Education Committee for the next two years is once again Sen. Mike Groene of North Platte
- The Government, Military and Veteran Affairs Committee will be Chaired by Sen.Tom Brewer of Gordon
- Sen. Mark Kolterman of Seward will continue to be the Chair of the Nebraska Retirement Systems
- Chair of the Revenue Committee will be Sen. Lou Ann Linehan of Elkhorn