Lincoln, Neb (KGFW) - Wednesday morning Gov. Pete Ricketts signed into law LB22. A bill that approves more the $137 million in cuts from state budget for the current fiscal year, which ends on June 30th.
Surrounded by members of the Legislature’s Appropriations Committee and the media Gov. Ricketts signed the bill into law during a tumultuous time in the current legislative session.
The legislature currently is embroiled in session that has seen constant debate and little to show for it.
So far only two bills have passed since the legislature has been in session.
Ricketts says however, LB22 is an important step toward addressing the almost $900 million shortfall in revenue that the state currently faces. The hope is that by passing this bill the debates can slow.
Sen. John Stinner of Gering, the Appropriations Committee chairman, says senators have already begun work on the upcoming budget and expect a vigorous debate in the Legislature.
You can hear a some of the Governor's comments from the press conference above.