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Chocolate is a favorite food of many people across the world.  It is tasty, rich in carbohydrates, an excellent source of quick energy and it contains minute amounts of stimulating … more
There was a half hour left to the second round of the budget debate on LB 814 when we started discussing the topic of water last week. I brought an amendment in a final attempt to convince the … more
The nutria (aka coypu) is a large rat-like, semiaquatic, herbivorous mammal that is well-equipped for aquatic life, with its webbed hind feet.  They strongly resemble beavers, but have … more
The Nebraska state constitution requires the legislature to balance the budget every two years. Last fall, 79 state agencies consisting of various departments who run the state began calculating the … more
Accessibility to the legislative process is unique to the Nebraska Unicameral and an aspect that is essential to our state’s success. Every piece of legislation is given a hearing where … more
The United States produces millions of tons of cheese each year making it a world leader. Cheese has rapidly grown in popularity in the U.S. for the last 50 years. Statistics show that … more
There are 14 standing committees here in Lincoln that are assigned legislation based on the subject matter found in the language of each bill. These committees are able to prioritize legislation … more
It was a busy and productive last week for the Health and Human Services Committee. As chairman, it was my responsibility to oversee legislation, amendments and conversations revolving around LB 626 … more
There are millions of animal species living on land. They are all unique in some way, but only a few are record setters. The following are a few examples of record setting land animals. Some … more
Last week, we worked towards property tax relief here at the legislature, starting with how we fund our schools. Nebraska is ranked 49th in state aid for school funding because of the formula we … more
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