A new legislative session began at the state Capitol with lawmakers having only 60 days to tackle a number of issues.
Lt. Gov. Mike Foley presided over the opening day.
“Good morning, ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the George W. Norris Legislative Chamber for the first day of the 105th Legislature, Second Session,” Foley stated as the session opened.
Foley introduced Sen. Matt Williams of Gothenburg who gave the opening prayer, prefacing it by telling senators about a Christmas Eve service he attended which featured a sermon entitled, “Are You Ready?”
“And I was thinking about the Christmas expectations; of expectation, preparation, and hope,” Williams stated. “Sounds a lot like the start of a legislative session.”
Speaker Jim Scheer of Norfolk welcomed the senators back to the Capitol.
“It is nice to start on a positive note,” Scheer said from the floor. “I’m looking forward to great things. I may be more optimistic that most. I think we’ll have a great session.”
The top priority of this legislative session: closing a $200 million budget gap.