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Sen. Jim Scheer

Sen. Jim Scheer

Speaker of the Legislature

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Key Dates for 2017 Session

January 10th, 2017

January 11
• Convene at 10:00 a.m.
• Bill introduction
• Adjourn around 11:30 a.m. or when introduced bills have been processed by the Clerk’s office

January 12
• Convene at 9:30 a.m.
• Bill Introduction
• Governor Rickett’s State of the State Address – 10:00 a.m.
• Adjourn around 11:30 a.m. or when introduced bills have been processed by the Clerk’s office

January 13
• Convene at 10:00 a.m. and debate motion to adopt permanent rules
• Bill introduction
• Adjourn by noon

January 17
• Session start time to be determined (TBD)
• Continue debate of motion to adopt permanent rules if motion still pending
• Bill introduction
• Adjourn by noon
• Public Hearings begin at 1:30 p.m.

January 18
• Session start time TBD
• Last day of bill introduction
• Adjourn by noon or when introduced bills have been processed by the Clerk’s office

January 19
• Session start time TBD
• Begin general file debate of legislation
• Chief Justice Heavican’s State of the Judiciary Address-10:00 a.m.
• Adjourn by noon

March 8, Prior to Adjournment
• Deadline for senators to submit a letter to the Speaker requesting designation of a bill as a 2017 speaker priority bill

March 9, Prior to Adjournment
• Deadline for designation of committee and senator priority bills

March 13
• Speaker priority bills announced prior to adjournment

March 23
• Date to complete committee public hearings on introduced bills

March 28
• Full-day floor debate begins

 

 

Speaker Duties

January 4th, 2017

The Speaker of the Legislature is elected by the membership every two years. Speaker responsibilities and privileges include:

  • setting the session calendar and daily agenda;
  • serving as the Legislature’s presiding officer in the absence of the Lieutenant Governor;
  • working with fellow legislators to overcome differences as legislation is considered;
  • selecting up to 25 bills or resolutions as his or her priorities. Priority bills are generally considered ahead of other bills. Other senators may select one priority bill per session, while committees may select two; and
  • designating up to five bills or resolutions each session as his or her major proposals with scheduling priority. Major proposals must already be designated as a senator’s priority bill and must be approved by two-thirds of the Executive Board.

Sen. Jim Scheer

Speaker of the Legislature
Room #2103
P.O. Box 94604
Lincoln, NE 68509
Phone: (402) 471-2929
Email: jscheer@leg.ne.gov
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