Late in the 1978 legislative session the Nebraska Legislaturel found it not politically possible to take action on a number of proposals for water resource management legislation. Political forces were divided on water legislation issues in ways that prevented majority coalitions from forming. Proponents of legislation to increase public management options for groundwater and streamflows had substantial strength and visibility. Those opposed to increased public management plus those opposed to specific legislative bills before the 1978 session had roughly equivalent political power. Charges of legislative inaction were rife in the newspapers of the state.