Kicking off this ZW Weekly by first noting our gratitude for the sacrifice of those who are serving or have served our country.
This Memorial Day weekend also marks a move toward summer in Nebraska. And as of yesterday’s Governor Ricketts Press conference announcements, Nebraska’s summer is now looking a bit more like a “normal” summer.
All but four counties in Nebraska will be entering “Phase II” of the Governor’s Health Directives beginning June 1. This new phase includes restaurants and bars opening, crowd sizes growing to 25, and non-contact sports and competitions beginning again.
As announced on Monday, the Nebraska Legislature will reconvene for the final 17 days of the legislative session beginning Monday, July 20, working through Thursday, August 13.The Speaker of the Legislature, Senator Jim Scheer, announced his plan to his colleagues, reserving the right to change the plan should conditions in Nebraska change.
Speaker Scheer’s announcement also encouraged his colleagues to consider whether their priority bills will need to be amended in light of the revenue impacts of COVID-19. As has been the case in years past, bills with any fiscal impact for this biennium will need to be amended to minimize any cost to the state. Yesterday, the Speaker sent an additional communication to his colleagues specifying all the bills advanced from committee with fiscal costs, further pressing the issue that bills with costs will be highly scrutinized as the session resumes.
However you are able to observe Memorial Day, we wish you continued health and increasing sunshine,
Katie and Michelle