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Sen. Jim Scheer

Sen. Jim Scheer

Speaker of the Legislature

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

Tuesday, March 13;
Tuesday, March 20
Wednesday, March 21;
Thursday, March 22;
Monday, March 26;
Tuesday, March 27;
Wednesday, March 28;
Tuesday, April 3;
Wednesday, April 4;
Thursday, April 5;
Monday, April 9; and
Tuesday, April 10.

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.

For each scheduled late night, I will be recessing the Body for approximately 30 to 40 minutes around 5:30 p.m. to allow members to eat dinner without the interruption of a Call of the House.

I may cancel a “reserved late night,” and in that case, I will provide members of the Legislature with as much notice as possible of such a cancellation. Please note, however, that a canceled “late night” may still mean an adjournment time as late as 7:00 p.m. with no evening meal break.

Key Dates for 2018 Session

January 3rd, 2018

January 4 and 5
• Convene at 10:00 a.m.
• Bill introduction
• Adjourn around 12:00 p.m. or when introduced bills have been processed by the Clerk’s office

January 8 and 9
• Convene at 10:00 a.m.
• Bill Introduction
• Debate motion to adopt permanent rules followed by general file debate of carry-over legislation
• Recess at noon and reconvene at 1:30 p.m.
• Adjourn between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m.

January 10
• Convene at 9:30 a.m.
• Bill Introduction
• Governor Rickett’s State of the State Address – 10:00 a.m.
• General file debate of carry-over legislation
• Recess at noon and reconvene at 1:30 p.m.
• Adjourn between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m.

January 11
• Convene at 10:00 a.m.
• Bill introduction
• General file debate of carry-over legislation
• Adjourn by noon

January 12
• (Tentative) Last day to submit bill requests to Revisor of Statutes/Bill Drafting Office

January 16
• Convene at 10:00 a.m.
• Bill introduction
• General file debate of carry-over legislation
• Adjourn by noon
• Public Hearings begin at 1:30 p.m.

January 17
• Convene at 9:00 a.m. and each morning thereafter
• Bill introduction
• General file debate of carry-over legislation
• Adjourn by noon

January 18
• Convene at 9:00 a.m.
• Last day of bill introduction
• General file debate of carry-over legislation
• Chief Justice Heavican’s State of the Judiciary Address-10:00 a.m.
• Adjourn by noon or when introduced bills have been processed by the Clerk’s office

February 14, Prior to Adjournment
• Deadline for senators to submit a letter to the Speaker requesting designation of a bill as a 2018 speaker priority bill

February 20, Prior to Adjournment
• Deadline for designation of committee and senator priority bills

February 21
• Speaker priority bills announced prior to adjournment

February 26
• Last day for Monday and Monday/Tuesday committees to complete committee public hearings on introduced bills

February 27
• Last day for three day committees to complete committee public hearings on introduced bills

February 28
• Full-day floor debate begins

March 12
• Prior to March 12 a “late nights” schedule will be announced. Senators are requested to keep their session day evenings open from March 12th until the end of session for extended floor debate.

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
Email: jscheer@leg.ne.gov
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