The 106th Legislature, 1st Session convened on January 9, 2019. There
are 13 new Senators that will join the body for a 90 day session.
It is a well-known fact that the Nebraska Unicameral is the only one
of its kind in the United States. In 1934, voters passed an initiative to
amend the Nebraska Constitution from a bicameral system to the current
unicameral. It is also the smallest legislature in the United States with only 49 Senators.
Since we have a Unicameral, one may wonder why the representatives
are called Senators? In the 1937 reorganization, the Senate is the legislative
body that was retained. Therefore, the members were called Senators. Each Senator serves about 35,000 citizens.
George Norris was a key advocate for the current system. He believed
there would be a significant savings in money by moving to a
unicameral. He also believed that the unicameral system would be
much more open to the public and less chance for corruption.
Keep informed on what is going on at the Legislature this Legislative Session by checking out the website: https://nebraskalegislature.gov/.
There is a current calendar for the Legislature on this website. You can also
find your Senator contact information on this site as well. You can also view the activities of the Legislature as NET streams live video: http://netnebraska.org