Plan Announced to Expand COVID-19 Testing in Nebraska

Governor Ricketts announced this week a new plan to significantly increase COVID-19 testing capabilities in Nebraska.  The plan, deemed the “Test Nebraska Initiative,” calls for Nebraskans to take an assessment, get tested, and actively track their health.  The initiative is intended to provide public officials with statewide health data that will, when the plan is […]

Property Tax Ballot Initiative Halted

Efforts have been halted to gather signatures required for placing a much-publicized property tax relief initiative on Nebraska’s 2020 General Election ballot.  TRUE (“Tax Relief Unites Everyone”) Nebraskans began gathering signatures almost one year ago for an initiative which would have given all Nebraska property owners a refundable state income tax credit equal to 35% […]

2020 Legislative Session Remains Indefinitely Adjourned

The Nebraska Legislature remains indefinitely adjourned for the 2020 session, subject to the call of Speaker Jim Scheer.  It is expected that Speaker Scheer will call for the resumption of the 2020 session later in the year, when it is deemed safe for members to return to the legislative chamber.  When that occurs, the Legislature […]

Appropriations Chair Discusses Potential Budget Impacts

During an April 8th webinar hosted by the Platte Institute, Appropriations Committee Chairman John Stinner discussed the potential impacts of COVID-19 on Nebraska’s budget.  Senator Stinner indicated that he is preliminarily anticipating a ten percent reduction in expected state revenue, which equates to approximately $500 million.  Whether the state’s current $455 Million cash reserve balance […]

Executive Orders for the Week of April 6th

The following Executive Orders were issued by Governor Ricketts during the week of April 6th to address COVID-19 impacts in Nebraska: Executive Order 20-15 (April 7, 2020), which permits the sharing of COVID-19 information to first responders.  EO20-15 is intended to protect first responders by giving them prior knowledge of whether individuals with COVID-19 are […]

Governor Ricketts Issues New Statewide Directed Health Measure

Governor Ricketts issued a new statewide Directed Health Measure (DHM) dated April 9th for the purpose of creating “greater consistency” between prior DHMs issued by both the Governor and local public health authorities.  The Governor’s latest DHM specifically provides that the following types of businesses must close until April 30, 2020:  beauty salons, barber shops, […]