Nebraska Legislature bill tracker

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108th Nebraska Legislature
Second Session (2024)

First day – Jan. 3, 2024 | Last day to introduce new bills – Jan. 17, 2024 | Last day – April 18, 2024
Full 2024 calendar
LB20 (Wayne)
Provides for the restoration of voting rights upon completion of a felony sentence
 Placed on General File
Designated a Priority Bill (Raybould) 
 Advanced to Select File
 Advanced to Final Reading
Will become law on July 18, 2024
LB390 (Clements)
Shorten the early voting period and add new restrictions to ballot delivery
 Placed on General File

Track LB390

LR31 (Halloran)
Resolution to rescind a prior resolution and apply to Congress for a convention of the states to propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution
 Placed on General File
Track LR31

LB837 (Lowe)
Change procedures for voting or election precincts for public power districts
LB861 (Linehan)
Change procedures to remove a name from a petition under the Election Act

LB1042 (Fredrickson)
Change provisions relating to registering to vote – Automatic Voter Registration

LB1070 (Bostar)
Change closing dates and filing deadlines for campaign statements of ballot question committees
LB1104 (Aguilar)
Change fees for lobbyist registration and change distribution of such fees
LB1118 (McKinney)
Change the process for a mayor in a city of the second class to remove an officer from office
LB1152 (Brewer)
Change provisions relating to elections, motor vehicle operators’ licenses, and state identification cards
LB1191 (Conrad)
Eliminate provisions relating to Attorney General opinions on acts of the Legislature
LR278CA (Murman)
Constitutional amendment to change the membership of the State Board of Education from eight members to seven

LB1210 (Clements)
State legislative intent to appropriate funds to the Department of Administrative Services and provide for a transfer from the Cash Reserve Fund

LB1203 (M. Cavanaugh)
Regulate artificial intelligence in media and political advertisement under the Nebraska Political Accountability and Disclosure Act

 Interim study pending

LB1211 (Hansen)
Change provisions of the Election Act to reduce early voting to 22 days
Track LB1211

LB1240 (Wayne)
Provide a requirement for state officials and state employees to testify as ‘neutral’ before the Nebraska Legislature 
LB1262 (Day)
Change and eliminate provisions relating to the Commission on Indian Affairs and provide for an ongoing study relating to Native American voting issues

 Interim study pending

LB1371 (Vargas)
Adopt the Media Literacy Act and provide and change graduation requirements and academic content standards

LB1382 (Hansen)
Prohibit paying petition circulators based on the number of signatures and prohibit certain contributions to ballot question committees

Our testimony
LB1390 (Bostar)
Require a report and prohibit certain activities related to elections and change and provide penalties

LB1417 (Brewer)
Create, eliminate, terminate, and provide, change, eliminate, and transfer powers, duties, and membership of boards, commissions, committees, councils, task forces, panels, authorities, and departments and change and eliminate funds
LR281CA (Erdman)
Constitutional amendment to provide for biennial legislative sessions beginning in 2027

The legislative process in Nebraska:
How a bill becomes a law

The lawmaking process officially begins when a senator introduces a bill into the Legislature. State senators have the first 10 legislative days of each session to introduce bills. ›› 
Every bill introduced in the Nebraska Legislature receives a hearing before one of its 14 standing committees. At hearings, Nebraskans can express their opinions to committee members. After the hearing, committees can vote to 1) advance the bill to the full Legislature; 2) indefinitely postpone the bill; or 3) take no action on the bill. ›› 
This is the first time the full Legislature debates and votes on bills. Senators consider amendments, which can be proposed by committees and by individual senators. General File is often the most crucial stage of the legislative process because it is when most compromises are reached.
Twenty-five votes are needed for amendments to be adopted and the bill to be moved to the next stage of consideration. ›› 
This is the second debating and voting stage, which allows for amendments, compromise, and review.
After Select File, bills are reprinted for Final Reading. ›› 
The final step of legislative approval. A Legislative Bill (LB) must be read aloud by the Clerk of the Legislature, unless 30 members waive the requirement. A bill cannot be amended or debated on Final Reading but may be returned to Select File for a specific amendment. Final passage can occur five legislative days after the bill is introduced and one legislative day after being placed on Final Reading.
A constitutional amendment (LRCA) requires 30 votes to place it on the general election ballot and 40 votes to place it on a primary or special-election ballot.
All other bills require a majority (25) before going to the governor. ››
The governor has five days excluding Sundays to decide what to do with a bill. If the governor signs a bill or declines to act on it, the bill becomes a state law. The governor may also veto a bill and has the authority to strike specific budget appropriations. The Legislature may override any gubernatorial veto with 30 votes.
Most bills passed and approved by the governor become law three months after the adjournment of the Legislature. Some bills may take effect before that date if they contain an emergency clause.

Other bills introduced this biennium

LR2CA (Erdman)
Change from a unicameral Legislature to a bicameral Legislature, provide for election of members of the Legislature on a partisan ballot, require election of legislative officers and committee chairpersons by a public vote, and require all meetings of the Legislature to be open to the public
Hearing held March 9, 2023 ›› Our testimony
LR4CA (M. Cavanaugh)
Remove felony convictions other than treason from being a disqualification for voting
Hearing held Feb. 8, 2023 ›› Our testimony
LB225 (Dungan)
Change provisions relating to the committee on American civics
Hearing held Jan. 23, 2023 ›› Our testimony
LB364 (Hunt)
Provide for the election of election commissioners and eliminate certain deputy positions
Hearing held March 15, 2023 ›› Our testimony
LB365 (Hunt)
Permit all Nebraska counties to conduct elections by mail
Hearing held March 16, 2023 ›› Our testimony
LB457 (Holdcroft)
Require video surveillance of voting and provide requirements for paper ballots, vote scanning devices, and vote tabulating equipment
Hearing held March 22, 2023 ›› Our testimony
LB604 (Raybould)
Change provisions relating to voting early under the Election Act
Hearing held March 16, 2023 ›› Our testimony
LB742 (Vargas)
Change provisions relating to registration to vote and voting under the Election Act
Hearing held March 16, 2023 ›› Our testimony
LB764 (Lippincott)
Change provisions relating to the selection of and ballots cast by presidential electors
Hearing held March 15, 2023 ›› Our testimony
LB770 (M. Cavanaugh)
Require the Secretary of State to audit the offices of the Department of Motor Vehicles, the election commissioners, and the county clerks and all polling places for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act
Hearing held March 8, 2023 ›› Our testimony
LB808 (Halloran)
Provide for counting and recounting ballots under the Election Act by hand count
Hearing held March 22, 2023 ›› Our testimony

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