WASHINGTON (AP) — After meeting at the White House, President Joe Biden and a group of Republican senators agreed to talk again early next week as negotiations intensified over a potentially bipartisan infrastructure package that could become one piece of the administration’s ambitious $4 trillion public investment plan.
The amendments were designed to attract the 33 votes required to enact the legislation that will govern the casino gambling authorized by Nebraska voters in November.
Lincoln Sen. Anna Wishart said her bill legalizing medical marijuana was the last time the Legislature would get a say in the issue before a petition drive goes before Nebraska voters in 2022.
The tax bill is amended so that a future Legislature can revisit phased-in increases in the tax break after five years.
But voters may need to wipe out the current tax system first, Sen. Steve Erdman of Bayard says.
With only a month to go before the scheduled end of the session, state senators still have plenty of items on the to-do list.
The Legislature handed 27-16 first-round approval Thursday to a scaled-down bill that requires institution of basic COVID-19 protections for meat processing workers for one year. The bill needed 25 votes to advance.
Nebraska state senators rejected a bill to provide extra state aid to dozens of rural school districts that receive little, if any, so-called "equalization" aid.
State lawmakers gave first-round approval Thursday to a $2 million study of mitigating flooding and enhancing economic development along the Lower Platte River.
Despite offers of compromise from sponsor Sen. Lou Ann Linehan of Elkhorn, the Opportunity Scholarships Act was pushed off the agenda after backers failed to secure 33 votes to invoke cloture.
Despite unanimously advancing the bill, senators agreed to revisit the issue after the state's revenue forecasting board meets on Thursday.
"Does anybody think that's going to go well?" Sen. Adam Morfeld of Lincoln said in leading opposition to the proposal.
When she was in the Legislature, U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer said, "we stood up and we took a stand."
A 29-8 roll call vote fell four senators short of the 33 votes required to end the filibuster after eight hours of debate.
An amended version of the bill, the result of two days of hearings last summer in which more than 200 people testified, advanced to second-round consideration on a 39-0 vote.
As someone descended from Irish and German immigrants, Sen. Mike Groene said he considered himself a mongrel, and said others in the community where he grew up proudly saw themselves that way, too.
"Life is as rich as you let it be," Sen. Tom Brewer of Gordon says.
Should someone who didn't speak favorably about a COVID-19 mask mandate be on the State Board of Health? That question prompted a long debate Wednesday at the Nebraska Legislature.
Sen. Anna Wishart, who's led the battle in the Nebraska Legislature for legalization of medical marijuana, counts Republican senators from small towns as her closest mentors in the body where she's sought common ground on more than cannabis.
Lawmakers lauded the proposed expansion of the Nebraska Opportunity Grant and other lottery-funded programs designed to give students financial help in pursuing a college degree.
When North Platte students submitted a story on students flying Confederate flags to the school's principal as part of a routine review of the paper's content, they learned the story they had spent weeks reporting would not be published.
See footage and pictures from the historic flooding that hit Nebraska in March 2019.
President Biden's attorney general nominee, Merrick Garland, likely won't be confirmed until at least next week. Republican Sen. Tom Cotton is…