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Senator Seiler gives a preview of the 2013 session
When Nebraska state senators head back to Lincoln in just a few weeks, they'll have a lot of big issues on their hands. Medicaid, the inheritance tax, and the budget, just to name a few.
News 5's Josh Egbert spoke with District 33 senator Les Seiler Friday about how the senator is preparing for the 2013 session.
He is talking with constituents hearing their concerns. This will be Senator Seiler's first full session in the Unicameral. And while there are a lot of big issues, there are certain topics the senator would like to address.
Senator Seiler spoke in front of the League of Women Voters in Hastings Friday afternoon.
He addressed several bills that were defeated last session and bills this upcoming session that could affect the district including the budget and TEOSA, the state equalization bill.
"TEOSA, the equalization bill will be a major one, the budget was starting out at $460 million in the red it's by the economy of Nebraska it's reduced it down to about 200 million," Seiler said.
Another major topic will be the state health care bill.
Senators have met several times throughout the summer for interim studies on how the state will deal with the law.
"They're not getting any reports from the feds that sent out the rules and regulations so they're really at a standstill until they can see what the federal wants and demands of the state," said Seiler.
Health and Human services, the inheritance tax, and the voter ID bill some of the other big issues the senator will be a part of.
The 2013 Legislative Session begins January 9th, that's when senators will be assigned to committees and the 11 newly elected state senators will sworn in.
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