First, less of a Separated at Birth, than a “Who Wore it Better?“…
State Senator Burke Harr at the opening day of the 2016 Legislature, and Hockey Night in Canada’s Don Cherry!
As the new Legislative session begins, the excitement turns to what each Senator’s “priority” bills are.
For instance, Senator Tommy Garrett came right out of the gate filing a bill making fetal dismemberment illegal after 13 weeks of a baby’s gestation.
He threw in some “choose life, fund adoption” license plates for good measure.
Others had different priorities.
Malcolm Democrat Senator Ken Haar was quoted saying…
“Only one more year, and I have a whole bucket list of things I’d like to get done.”
Whats the priority bill in his bucket?
Look for bills on Medicaid, seat belts and pot, among the other stuff.
Do you know how YOUR Senator voted?
State Senator Bill Kintner, with Senators Laura Ebke and Mike Groene are hammering the idea of open-voting for Committee chairs.
This was an issue pushed by Republican party chairs last year, as a way of showing who is placing Democrats in charge of various committees.
And it was pushed back because…well because those against the idea don’t want to be outed as voting for Dems. It’s that basic.
There is some sort of bogus argument that there would be “hard feelings” if it was known who voted for or against whom. Which has nothing to do with it, because that happens every day of the week.
You will get your Don Walton types who claim that George Norris wanted it this way, or some such — with a quick follow-up about how many Democrats and Republicans they can count on either side. They will note that Republicans should be independent. And then they will ignore the standard block-voting of all the Democrats.
The average person does not follow this, but voters would be surprised to know that this sort of secret, back-room voting still exists in Lincoln.
Don’t flush it
Always a kick to see how the states compare…
You can note that “Flush with Cash” Nebraska ranks 4th in states preparedness for a weathering a recession. (Numbers are through 2014.)
“If states want to maintain a constant growth of available revenue using only rainy day funds during the next economic contraction only 6 states (Alaska, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, West Virginia, and Wyoming) have a sufficient amount of savings to weather 75 percent or more of all possible economic contractions that may occur…”
(Click the map to go to the full George Mason University Mercatus Center report.)
A new website on the Blog Roll (over on the right): A View from the Middle Border. This comes from long-time reader and commenter Ed Stevens.
Along with the Nebraska Unicameral-centric commentary are several “apps” that he has linked in the header.
These include, how much State Senators are spending on things such as lodging, travel, etc; campaign funding info; and some basics such as phone numbers and all that. Much of this is available in other places, but Ed has combined it in one handy spot.
Take a read.
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