Nebraska state senators introduce 812 bills in 2023 legislative session
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – In just nine days, over 800 bills were introduced in the Nebraska Legislature.
Wednesday was the final day for state senators to introduce bills, and they didn’t let up, submitting 184 of them.
Four constitutional amendments and one resolution were also submitted on Wednesday, totaling 30 and 31 respectively for the session.
Channel 8 has been following several new bills, including one that would ban abortions after about six weeks.
Another bill that has sparked contention would prohibit minors from attending drag shows.
Several state senators have introduced education bills.
On Tuesday, with Gov. Jim Pillen’s backing, 10 state senators introduced one that would establish a $2.5 billion fund for education.
Another bill with children in mind was introduced by Sen. Danielle Conrad. It would provide families under a certain income level with a refundable tax credit of up to $1,000 per child.
One topic that could prove contentious is how the state will implement its new voter ID requirement. Sen. Steve Erdman introduced a couple of bills, both aiming to ensure election integrity.
As new casinos begin popping up across the state, lawmakers have begun introducing legislation that deals with gambling.
Sen. Eliot Bostar introduced one that would allow sports bettors to wager on games played in Nebraska. Right now, they can bet on in-state teams only when they play out of state.
During last year’s legislative session, prison reform bills failed to become law.
Sen. Terrell McKinney is hoping to get similar bills passed this year, including LB 163, which would provide several protections for inmates.
All of the introduced bills will now go into committee, where they can either die or continue onto subsequent rounds.