Nebraska’s legislature begins a new session with a sense of history and of deep loss.
Speaker of the Legislature, Mike Flood of Norfolk, reminded fellow senators this year marks the 75th anniversary of the Unicameral.
“I, like you, am committed to doing the best job we can this session as we honor those who’ve gone before us in service in this legislature and continue for another 75 years,” Flood told fellow senators from the floor of the chamber.
Then, Sen. Galen Hadley of Kearney paid tribute to the late Sen. Dennis Utter of Hastings.
“He was a great family man. He was a great businessman. He was a great senator. He was a great believer in the state of Nebraska,” Hadley stated. “He will be missed greatly.”
The Unicameral held a moment of silence for Sen. Utter.
This is the 2nd session of the 102nd Legislature, a 60-day session. Speaker Flood announced that floor debate would begin next week, first on the rules for the new session and then on to bills leftover from the first half of the session in 2011. A total of about 80 bills have been filed so far.