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Appropriations Committee, Nebraska State Legislature

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

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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 Appropriations Committee is responsible for processing legislation involving the following subject areas:
  • appropriations bills
  • support of state government
  • capital construction
  • senators’ salaries
  • salaries of constitutional officers
  • deficiency appropriations
  • appropriations for special purposes or projects
  • special fund creation
  • exchanges between or disbursements from various funds
  • state employee compensation
  • state contributions to state employees’ group health insurance
  • substantive program provisions within the jurisdictions of other committees that also contain provisions for major appropriations.[5][6]

Members

2015 legislative session

The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2015 legislative session.

Appropriations Members, 2015
Democratic members (0)Republican members (0)Third-party members (9)
Heath Mello, Chair
Bob Hilkemann, Vice Chair
Kate Bolz
Ken Haar
Bill Kintner
John Kuehn
Jeremy Nordquist
John Stinner, Sr.
Dan Watermeier

2013-2014

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

2011-2012

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