The new Speaker of the Legislature wants to work behind the scenes of the Unicameral.
Speaker Jim Scheer of Norfolk says he won’t carry many bills and won’t take up a lot of floor time. He says he doesn’t want to be out front, but will work behind the scenes in an attempt to make each senator in the Unicameral as successful as possible.
“I want to by the guy that maybe no one has ever heard of and I’ve done my job,” Scheer tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Scheer says he has spoken with a number of former Speakers about the role.
Scheer says his job is to make sure bills get a fair hearing and an equal chance once they hit the floor for debate. He says he wants legislators to remember why they’re there.
“We all have a job to do,” Scheer says. “We’re all adults. We need to come back down and dust our egos off and make sure that we remember what we’re supposed to accomplish and that’s to try to better the state for the citizens.”
Scheer says the revenue shortfall and its impact on the state budget is the biggest issue this legislative session, overshadowing all others.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]