The voting board isn't exactly a piece of artwork, but it's one of the most important things hanging on the walls of this chamber. It shows each senator's vote. It's part of the open system of the Unicameralone-house legislature.
This chamber has galleriesIn this case, a gallery is a balcony area where members of the public can watch sessions. on three sides for the public to come in and watch the Legislature in session.
There isn't as much artwork in this chamber as in some other parts of the Capitol. The scenes that are here show the explorers and traders and settlers who came to this land and encountered native cultures--points of meeting for the people who built Nebraska.
Go to the North Façade to find out more about how people got here. Today, representativesPeople elected to the legislature to present the ideas and carry out the will of the people in their assigned area. from all parts of Nebraska meet here in one room, in one house.
In a two-house legislature, each house passes its own version of a bill, and then the differences are worked out in a conference committeeThis is a group of representatives from both houses of a legislature who make compromises and changes to come up with a bill both houses will support..
The Nebraska Legislature has only one house, so there's no need for a conference committee to meet. It's not only more open, it's more efficient. And it can cost less to run than a two-house legislature.
To learn more about Nebraska's one house legislature - Unicameral watch the Nebraska Stories video
Sometimes the senators disagree. But here their job is to work together to resolveTo come up with a solution for a problem or come to agreement. their differences and make life better for all Nebraskans.
The Legislature starts the session on the first Wednesday after the first Monday in January. Sometimes important issues come up after the session is over for the year. Then the governor can call a special session, or two-thirds of the Legislature can require the governor to call the special session.
During regular sessions, the Legislature can consider any issues relating to state government functions. But in a special session, they can consider only one special issue. Either way, the bill first has to be introduced and assigned a number.
See what types of Legislative Committees are in the Nebraska Legislature.
To see a map of the Nebraska Legislative Districts Click HERE.
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT . . .
What do you think it would be like to be a senator in the Nebraska Unicameral?