Ernie Chambers Returns to Legislature

Ernie Chambers Returns to Legislature

By Carrie Murphy. CREATED Jan 9, 2013

Lincoln, NE - Call him Senator, again. Ernie Chambers returned to the Nebraska Legislature today, he was one of eleven new senators sworn in today.

Voters in north Omaha elected Chambers in November, he beat incumbent Senator Brenda Council. Chambers was the longest-serving member of the Legislature until term limits forced him out.

Sen. Greg Adams of York was elected Speaker. Adams is a retired high school government and economics teacher and the former Mayor of York. He previously served as chairman of the Education Committee.Other appointments include Sen. Brad Ashford-Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Sen. Steve Lathrop-Chairman of Business and Labor, Sen. Annette Dubas-Transportation Technology, Sen. Kate Sullivan-Education, Sen. Bill Avery-Government Affairs, Sen. Kathy Campbell-Health and Human Services, Sen. Russ Karpisek-General Affairs, Sen. Scott Lautenbaugh-Rules.

The 2013 session begins as the state faces a projected $194 million two-year budget shortfall, far less than the $1 billion hole they had to fill when they last wrote a budget in 2011. Senators are also expected to focus on tax cuts and a proposal to expand Medicaid. The first bills will be introduced Wednesday.

Gov. Dave Heineman will deliver his State of the State address to lawmakers next Tuesday.