Nebraska Revised Statutes

The laws in the Nebraska Revised Statutes are passed by the Nebraska State Senate, which is the only unicameral state legislature in the U.S. The Senate contains 49 members. Its members serve four-year terms, and they are limited to two consecutive terms in office.

A proposed law is known as a bill. After a bill is introduced in the Senate, it will be referred to one or more standing committees. These committees determine whether a bill should move forward, and they also can propose amendments to a bill. If a bill passes through the committee phase, it will return to the Senate. The members of the Senate will discuss the bill and consider any amendments suggested by a committee or by fellow members. Once the bill has been finalized, the Senate will vote on whether to pass it.

If the Senate passes the bill, the Governor of Nebraska will review it. The Governor may sign the bill into law, or the Governor may take no action, which means that the bill will become law. If the Governor vetoes the bill, however, it will return to the Senate. The Senate can vote to override the Governor’s veto and pass the bill into law. Overriding the Governor’s veto requires a 60 percent majority vote.

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