Legislature could restructure committee assignments

The nation’s only one house Legislature is looking at changing its committee structure to streamline the process and equalize the work load of bills that are considered to become law.
Much of it makes sense, but who cares outside of the 49 elected lawmakers, their staff of hundreds and members of the Executive and Judicial branches?
We should all care if it will give the average citizen the same access to the process and retain the transparency of that process. Imagine lawmakers getting more work done in less time.
Remember, this isn’t just politics, even though it seems like the wrangling of 30 Republicans, 18 Democrats and one Independent is sometimes similar to the mess we hear about in Washington. We’re talking about measures that have the potential to change your way of life and affect your health or safety, even your taxes.
A study committee chaired by Rules Committee Chairman Sen. Mike Hilgers of Lincoln is looking at ways to possibly combine some of the 14 standing committees that review hundreds of bills each session.

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