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Nebraska legislature goes into session

Posted: 01/10/13 08:43

The 103rd Legislature got underway yesterday morning for a 90-day session. Nebraska lawmakers will begin introducing bills for this year's session today. Senators are expected to craft a new, two-year state budget. They're also preparing to debate taxes, Medicaid, and a push to reform state services for troubled youth. Gov. Dave Heineman will deliver his State of the State address to lawmakers on Tuesday.

Nebraska Senator Les Seiler from District 33 was officially sworn in as our next Senator yesterday. Seiler says hes looking forward to being a part of a legislative session, that has the task of making up a balanced budget for the next two years. Seiler was nominated last January, by Governor Dave Heineman to serve the district after the death of Sen. Dennis Utter, and was elected by the people this past election.

Lawmakers have elected York Sen. Greg Adams as the new speaker of the Nebraska Legislature. Lawmakers voted Adams into the position yesterday morning after kicking off the 2013 session. Adams says he has no political agenda for wanting the role of the speaker, but an agenda for the entire legislature. Adams replaces Norfolk Sen. Mike Flood, who was chosen as speaker in 2007.