The Boys’ State Legislature entered its second session with a brief prayer from Chaplin Meckel followed by hearing Governor James Moseman’s State of the State Address. He asserted that the foster care system needed an overhaul, and that young people are shying away from the political process among many other things, hoping to set the tone of the legislative session to come. He presented positive points such as low unemployment and high profits from commodities, but also mentioned negatives such as problems as the low retention rate of Nebraska colleges. Following the governor’s speech, the legislature divided into committees to discuss bills that had been presented; an estimated 96 bills have been given to the legislature so far. Representatives from the Pro Life PAC, the Agriculture PAC, and the Gun Bro’s (sic) discussed bills that they had given to members of the legislature to present.

The Legislature moved to the long awaited General File phase of the legislative process. The first bill that was brought before the body was the Energy Deregulation Act calling for the allowing of private energy companies to provide services to parts of the state that were previously regulated by a public provider. This would’ve been done in hopes that the competition would drive prices down, but the bill was killed. The second bill was a bill outlawing the transportation of Marijuana from Colorado into Nebraska and established a fine for doing so. A couple amendments were added to the bill, but in the end it was killed. A third bill was one advocating for a commission to put those incarcerated for marijuana use to be given other options besides jail-time, in order to relieve prison overcrowding. This bill was passed. The last bill the legislature considered yesterday was one that gave those given life sentences the option to be killed instead. This was the Unicameral’s first day using Parliamentary Procedure, and it was a productive one.

Several bills that made it out of committee were then presented to the general legislature for discussion. Once committees amended and approved their first, second, and third ­priority bills, they were discussed in order first of priority and second by committee number. Bills LB105, LB100, LB99, and LB25. Bills LB105, LB99, and LB25 were tabled; LB100 was filed to select.

On the docket for the Thursday Meeting is LB10, LB69, LB40, and LB102.

The Legislature moved to the long awaited General File phase of the legislative process. The first bill that was brought before the body was the Energy Deregulation Act calling for the allowing of private energy companies to provide services to parts of the state that were previously regulated by a public provider. This would’ve been done in hopes that the competition would drive prices down, but the bill was killed. The second bill was a bill outlawing the transportation of Marijuana from Colorado into Nebraska and established a fine for doing so. A couple amendments were added to the bill, but in the end it was killed. A third bill was one advocating for a commission to put those incarcerated for marijuana use to be given other options besides jail-time, in order to relieve prison overcrowding. This bill was passed. The last bill the legislature considered yesterday was one that gave those given life sentences the option to be killed instead. This was the Unicameral’s first day using Parliamentary Procedure, and it was a productive one.

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