The Nebraska Legislature wrapped up its 2002 session Friday, April 19 – a session dominated by money problems. Mike Tobias and Andrea Gallagher followed the session for our Capitol View coverage, and take a look back at what lawmakers did – and did not – accomplish.
Tobias examines the budget crisis. Last fall state senators returned for a special session to deal with a multi-million dollar shortfall in the state’s two-year budget. They cut 170 million without raising taxes, and left hoping they’d only have another 50 million to deal with this spring. Those hopes were quickly dashed.
While the budget consumed a big part of the 2002 legislative session, lawmakers still had time to debate other topics. Many were familiar – like fetal tissue research, the death penalty and fetal homicide. Gallagher reports that even though many legislative measures didn’t go anywhere this session because of a lack of time and money, there will be a significant number of new laws throughout the state.