Nebraska’s legislative session has come to an end, almost.
Legislative Speaker Greg Adams begs off when reporters ask him to evaluate the legislative session.
“You guys are catching me at a bad time for that,” Adams jokes. “Come back in about two weeks and I will give you a more objective opinion.”
One day remains, next Thursday, scheduled on the 17th to take up any vetoes that might be coming the legislature’s way.
Adams expects the legislature will take final votes on some legislation, most of which should not rise to the level of a veto. If Gov. Dave Heineman does veto anything passed on Thursday, the legislature will not be able to consider any overrides.
Adams says that even through the fatigue he can see success.
“I, like my colleagues, I’m tired; ready to end this session,” Adams says. “But I suspect, looking at it just right now off the top of my head, we really have moved a lot of legislation.”
Adams says it was important to him that the Unicameral at least debate the big issues everyone understood would be the major issues of the session before it even began. Many passed. Prison reform, water sustainability and some substantial adjustments to the $8 billion state budget passed during the first 59 days of the 60-day legislative session.
One major issue failed to overcome a filibuster. Still, the legislature did devote eight hours of debate to expanding Medicaid.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]