The Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska possesses both legislative and executive powers, though the executive powers are achieved mainly through grants of authority by the Governor of Nebraska.
The legislative powers of this office are referenced in Article III, Section 10 of the Nebraska Constitution. Specifically, the lieutenant governor formally presides over the unicameral (one house) Nebraska Legislature. The reader will note that I have not labeled the Lieutenant Governor acting in this capacity as President of the Nebraska Legislature–the Constitution is silent about this, simply indicating that they shall serve as presiding officer, with no formal title attached. In addition, the Lieutenant Governor does have the ability break tie votes, but does not vote otherwise on bills.
The executive powers of the office are mentioned in Article IV, Section 16 of the Nebraska Constitution. Three specific powers of the office are referenced:
- 1. Serves on all boards and commissions in lieu of Governor when so designated (italics added)
- 2. Performs other duties as assigned by the Governor
- 3. Serves on a full-time basis
Nebraska Legislature. Nebraska Constitution. Lincoln, Nebraska.