Nebraska Legislature

LINCOLN - Omaha Senator Machaela Cavanaugh led an almost three week filibuster against every bill introduced in the legislature, even the ones she supported, in response to an introduced bill that would ban gender-affirming therapies for minors.

While the filibuster was paused to debate the transgender bill this week, which did pass yesterday, the question that arises now is what the effect will be on the legislature.

During his monthly call-in show, Governor Jim Pillen says while they can’t make up lost time, only time will tell if there will be breakthroughs in the legislature.

"Obviously, there could be a lot of days where you start and go long into the night to try and make up time. I expect there would be good critical thinking by Speaker Arch and committee chairs on the highest priority bills."

He says while there are always possibilities to look at rules and regulations, he says the best thing to do is to take a breath when people want to do wholesale changes.

"You might be in that position ten years from now and you might wish you had those alternatives to use. We just all need to do a better job as Nebraskans whoever were representing. I believe we need to do a better job at communicating so we can understand each other better."

Pillen believes that a lot of times, we can get caught up in the rumor mill and get upset about something that is just misinformation in the end. He says the best way to avoid these situations is to communicate and build relationships to decrease those kinds of strategies, as they aren’t very productive in the end.

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