Freshmen legislators ready to learn the ropes as the 2019 session looms

December 20, 2018

LINCOLN - A crop of new state senators is preparing for a steep learning curve when they start work soon at the Unicameral.

District 40 Senator-elect Tim Gragert, of Creighton, is doing his homework in advance of being sworn into the Unicameral next month. Gragert and the other freshmen were in Lincoln last week.

“We had four days of orientation which was four days really well spent,” Gragert says. “I really appreciate the senators that are leaving who came in and gave us good advice, what they wish they’d have known when they were first coming in. It was all good.”

Gragert says the “newbs” got some good tips from veteran lawmakers, especially in signing on to legislation.

“Just make sure you know what you’re signing on for and don’t get too excited,” Gragert says. “Take the time, learn the system and ease your way in to this thing. If you do decide to go with a bill, make sure you know what it’s all about.”

Gragart says he hopes to be assigned to any of several committees dealing with topics like education, natural resources and veterans.

“Those are the three that I feel I’d bring my strengths to but I understand I’m a freshman senator,” he says, laughing, “so I may just get placed where they’re going to place me for this first couple of years.”

Gragert replaces Senator Tyson Larson of O’Neill who was term-limited after serving eight years in the Unicameral.

The session opens January 9th.

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