NEBRASKA -- The 2023 Nebraska Unicameral began its legislative session Wednesday in a much less controversial way than its federal counterpart.

The legislature began its day with the selection of committee chairs for the upcoming 90-day session.

The senators also offered unanimous approval of Sen. John Arch to be the new Speaker of the Nebraska Legislature.

The senator from La Vista just won re-election to his District 14 post in November. He takes over the Speaker's chair after previous Speaker Mike Hilgers was elected State Attorney General.

While Arch is back for another term, there are many new faces in the unicameral this year with 14 senators sworn in for the first time on Wednesday.

The new faces will be facing familiar issues. Cutting taxes and revamping the school aid formula will be among the top priorities for the legislature this year.