State Senators will convene Jan. 5, 2022, for the 60-day second session of the 107th Nebraska Legislature. It will be the shorter, 60-day session of the two-year biennium.
The session is expected to be busy, with new bill introductions and carryover bills from last year. Allocation of Nebraska’s $1.4 billion in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding will be a major focus, and a number of factors also may influence the session, including the May 2022 election and 12 term-limited Senators in their final session. Term-limited senators are Robert Hilkeman (Dist. 4), Brett Lindstrom (Dist. 18), John McCollister (Dist. 20), Mark Kolterman (Dist. 24), Matt Hansen (Dist. 26), Patty Pansing Brooks (Dist. 28), Curt Friesen (Dist. 34), Matt Williams (Dist. 36), Mike Groene (Dist. 42), Dan Hughes (Dist. 44), Adam Morfeld (Dist. 46) and John Stinner (Dist. 48).
Senators will have until January 20 to introduce new bills to be considered in addition to the hundreds of bills carried over. After introduction, each bill is referred to a standing committee and receives a public hearing. Following the hearing, Senators may do one of three things with the bill: advance it to General File for debate by the full Legislature, take no action or indefinitely postpone it.
Again during the upcoming session of the Nebraska Legislature, FFN will compile a Legislation to Watch list of bills with potential to impact early childhood and provide updates on our website’s Policy Priorities and Track Legislation pages as they move through the legislative process. We’ll also detail bills we’re working on with Senators in a special blog post early in the session.