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Natural Resources Committee, Nebraska State Legislature

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The Natural Resources 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

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

The Natural Resources Committee is responsible for processing legislation involving the following subject areas:
  • Water
  • ground and surface water
  • water rights
  • water wells
  • irrigation
  • flood control
  • drainage
  • Department of Natural Resources
  • Public Power
  • public power districts
  • Nebraska Power Review Board
  • other utilities; electric co-ops
  • oil and gas; pipelines; ethanol
  • Natural Resources Districts; Natural Resources Commission
  • Environment
  • hazardous waste; underground storage; oils and fuels; combustibles
  • litter reduction; recycling; drink containers
  • Department of Environmental Quality; Environmental Quality Council
  • pollution; Environmental Protection Act; chemigation
  • air pollution
  • Energy
  • Nebraska Energy Office
  • wind energy
  • Recreation
  • hunting; fishing; trapping; game farming
  • Game and Parks Commission
  • parks, recreation areas; recreation roads
  • endangered species; wildlife damage
  • boating[5]

Members

2013-2014

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

Natural Resources Members, 2013
Democratic members (0)Republican members (0)Third-party members (8)
Tom Carlson, Chair
Lydia Brasch, Vice Chair
Annette Dubas
Ken Haar
Jerry Johnson
Rick Kolowski
Ken Schilz
Jim Smith

2011-2012

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