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Clerk of the Legislature

Patrick J. O'Donnell, Clerk

Room 2018, State Capitol
P.O. Box 94604
Lincoln, NE 68509-4604
Phone: (402) 471-2271

The Clerk and the Assistant Clerk are responsible for ensuring that all constitutional, statutory and policy requirements are followed when the Legislature conducts its business.

The Office of the Clerk of the Legislature is the administrative arm of the Legislature. The office maintains official records of all legislative business.

These records include: the Legislative Journal, bill indexes, committee hearing schedules, rosters, bill status information and legislative histories.

In addition, the Clerk's Office oversees the printing and distribution of bills, resolutions and amendments; produces the web site, informational brochures, a weekly newsletter and the Nebraska Blue Book; handles lobbyist registration and quarterly reports; oversees the use of legislative space; and handles other official papers and communications of the Legislature.

Other functions of the Clerk's Office

24-Hour Request Line - The request line (402-471-2877) may be used to request free subscriptions to the Unicameral Update, or to request free limited copies of bills, resolutions or amendment. Callers are asked to provide the bill numbers and year of the legislation they wish to receive.

Bill Room - Limited copies of bills, resolutions, amendments and daily Legislative Journals may be obtained for free by calling the Legislature's 24-hour Request Line at (402) 471-2877. Copies of legislation also can be obtained by visiting or writing to:

  • Legislative Bill Room
    Room 1104
    P.O. Box 94604
    State Capitol
    Lincoln, NE 68509
    (402) 471-0617

Requestors are asked to provide the bill numbers and year of the legislation they wish to receive.

Index Clerk - This person is responsible for producing subject and section indexes, one for bills introduced and another for those that are passed.

Journal Clerk - This office is responsible for the preparation of a daily Legislative Journal, the official record of legislative proceedings.

Legislative Histories - Historical records, including committee hearing records, introducer's statements of intent, and, upon request, bills and exhibits may be obtained from this office. Histories also include debate transcripts as prepared by the Legislative Transcribers' Office. The fee for a legislative history is 15 cents per page, plus tax and postage. To request a legislative history, or call (402) 471-3215.

Legislative Hot Line - The hot line operates during the legislative session from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hot line staff answer questions about the status of bills and respond to information requests from callers. The service also is available to any person who has a hearing loss or speech impairment. The hot line numbers are:

  • Lincoln area, Voice and Telephone Text (V/TT), (402) 471-2709
    other Nebraska areas, Voice and Telephone Text (V/TT), (800) 742-7456

Legislative Pages - Pages are college students who assist senators and the Clerk with various tasks, such as updating journals, distributing documents and answering phone calls in the legislative chamber during session.

Legislative Technology Center - This office is responsible for providing computer hardware and software support for various Legislative offices, works with the Unicameral Information Office on the design and content of the web site, handles network administration, custom application development and software training.

Lobbyist Registration - This office is responsible for handling and processing lobbyist registration in accordance with state law. The Lobby Registration Clerk also produces Registered Lobbyist Reports regarding registrations as required by law.

Mail Room - Senators may be reached by writing them at:

  • Senator
    P.O. Box 94604
    State Capitol
    Lincoln, NE 68509

Sergeants-at-Arms - The sergeants-at-arms assist the Clerk with the security of the Legislature.

Unicameral Information Office - This office is responsible for the production of the Unicameral Update and the Nebraska Blue Book. If you would like to receive a free subscription to the print version of the Unicameral Update, or call (402) 471-2788. The office also works with the Legislative Technology Center on the web site design and content, and produces various educational and informational videos, brochures, and publications about the Nebraska Legislature.