Agriculture Committee, Nebraska State Legislature

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The Agriculture Committee is a standing committee of the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature. Per Legislature Rule 3, the committee is made up of eight members.[1]

Per Rule 3 of the Unicameral Rules, committees in the Nebraska Legislature are appointed biennially by a thirteen-member select Committee on Committees with approval from the Legislature at-large. The Committee, which itself is elected by the whole Legislature at the beginning of a legislative session following an election, is responsible for submitting a preliminary report of appointments, then on the following day a final report to be voted on by the Legislature. If a final report is not passed, it is returned to the Committee for alterations.[2] During the session, vacancies are filled by the Committee on Committees unless provided for otherwise. Between sessions, vacancies are filled by a vote of the Executive Board.[3] The Speaker is not allowed to serve on a standing committee, but is to serve on the Rules Committee ex officio.[4]

DocumentIcon.jpg See rules: Rules of the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature

Function

The Agriculture Committee is responsible for processing legislation involving the following subject areas:
  • crop development; exports; prices, commodity programs and boards; agricultural marketing
  • livestock; brands; development; health; auction markets
  • warehouses; public grain warehouses; grain storage
  • Department of Agriculture; Nebraska State Fair Board; county fairs
  • farming and ranching
  • agricultural products; research, development, and utilization; foods; milk, eggs
  • fertilizer; feeds; agricultural chemicals
  • weather modification; climate assessment
  • cooperatives
  • weights and measures
  • weeds; noxious weeds
  • lodging; eating facilities; Nebraska Pure Food Act; meat inspection
  • pests and pesticides; animals
  • seeds
  • pet shops; commercial breeders[5][6]

Members

2013-2014

The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2013 legislative session.

Agriculture Members, 2013
Democratic members (0)Republican members (0)Third-party members (7)
Ken Schilz, Chair
Norman Wallman, Vice Chair
Ernie Chambers
Thomas Hansen
Burke Harr
Jerry Johnson
Steve Lathrop

2011-2012

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