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Sen. Jim Scheer

Sen. Jim Scheer

Speaker of the Legislature

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Friday, May 31st, will be our final day of session, and I am scheduling the two days following Memorial Day as recess days. That Thursday, May 30th, will be a short day with our convening sometime in the afternoon.

Thus, the week of May 21st will be our final days for general file and select file. All bills that are placed on final reading on Tuesday, will be read on Friday, May 24th, allowing an opportunity for override motions on any bills that may be vetoed prior to May 31st. If needed, we will also have Friday, May 31st to complete any final reading not available on the 24th.

It’s nearing that time of year again when we will be working into the evening. I have finalized the schedule for “late nights” and have reserved the following dates for the Nebraska Legislature to work during the evening hours:

Monday, April 29;
Tuesday, April 30;
Wednesday, May 1;
Tuesday, May 7;
Wednesday, May 8;
Thursday, May 9;
Monday, May 13;
Tuesday, May 14;
Wednesday, May 15;
Tuesday, May 21;
Wednesday, May 22;
Thursday, May 23;
Tuesday, May 28;
Wednesday, May 29;
Thursday, May 30;
Monday, June 3; and
Tuesday, June 4.

The adjournment time for a scheduled “late night” will be around 9:00 p.m. or later (potentially as late as 11:59 p.m.). The specific adjournment time each evening will be dependent upon the Body’s progress on that day’s agenda.

These dates are “reserved late nights” some of which I may cancel. I will provide the members of the Legislature with as much notice as possible of such a cancellation. However, a canceled “late night” may still mean working through the dinner hour and then adjourning sometime early evening.

For each scheduled late night, I will be recessing the Body for approximately 45-60 minutes around 5:30 p.m. to allow members to eat dinner without the interruption of a Call of the House.

The 2019 permanent session calendar is the same as the tentative calendar distributed in September. If bad weather necessitates a time change, members will be notified and the change will be announced via the Legislature’s website.

Below is scheduling information for the next few days of session and several key session dates thereafter:

January 11, 14, 16
• Convene at 10:00 a.m.
• Bill introduction
• Adjourn around 11:00 a.m. or when introduced bills have been processed by the Clerk’s office

January 15
• Convene at 9:00 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 17
• Convene at 9:00 a.m.
• Bill Introduction
• Chief Justice Heavican’s State of the Judiciary Address-10:00 a.m.
• Adjourn around 11:30 a.m. or when introduced bills have been processed by the Clerk’s office

January 18
• Convene at 9:00 a.m.
• Bill introduction
• Adjourn by 11:00 a.m. or when introduced bills have been processed by the Clerk’s office
• (Tentative) Last day to submit bill requests to Revisor of Statutes/Bill Drafting Office

January 22
• Convene at 9:00 a.m.
• Bill introduction
• (Tentative) Begin debate of motion to adopt permanent rules*
• Adjourn by noon
• Public Hearings begin at 1:30 p.m.

January 23
• Convene at 9:00 a.m.
• Last day of bill introduction
• Adjourn by noon or when introduced bills have been processed by the Clerk’s office

March 14, Prior to Adjournment
• Deadline to submit a letter to the Speaker requesting designation of a bill as a 2019 speaker priority bill

March 19, Prior to Adjournment
• Deadline for designation of committee and senator priority bills

March 20
• Speaker priority bills announced prior to adjournment

March 28
• Date to complete committee public hearings on introduced bills

April 2
• Full-day floor debate begins

April 29th to June 6th
• Sometime during mid-April a “lunch hour and late nights” schedule will be announced. Senators are requested to keep their session day lunches and evenings open beginning April 29th for extended floor debate.

Additionally, please note that this session we will convene at 9:00 a.m. every day including the first day of the work week unless otherwise announced.


* I will make a final decision regarding the start of the rules debate after consultation with the new Rules Committee Chair.

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 #2010
P.O. Box 94604
Lincoln, NE 68509
Phone: (402) 471-2929
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