Speaker Announces Working Lunches Week of May 4th

April 23rd, 2015

As an alternative to our late night schedule, I am going to implement a one week trial of working through the lunch hour. For the week of May 4th, the Legislature will not recess at noon and work through the lunch hour and then adjourn by 7:00 p.m. The additional debate time during the lunch hour coupled with early evening debate will be equivalent to the debate time gained with late evening debate.

Although we will not recess during the noon hour, we will stand at ease for 20 minutes sometime during the period of 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

To reiterate, on Monday, May 4th, Tuesday, May 5th, and Wednesday, May 6th, the Legislature will work through the lunch hour with a 20 minute period of standing at ease, and then adjourn by 7:00 p.m. On Thursday, May 7th, we will work through the lunch hour without a break.

At the end of this “trial” week, I will evaluate to see if the Legislature will continue with working through lunches or return to the original late night schedule.

Speaker Announces 2015 Late Night Schedule

April 8th, 2015

As speaker, I have reserved the following dates for the body to work during the evening hours:

Tuesday, April 28;
Wednesday, April 29;
Thursday, April 30;
Monday, May 4;
Tuesday, May 5;
Wednesday, May 6;
Tuesday, May 12;
Wednesday, May 13;
Thursday, May 14;
Monday, May 18;
Tuesday, May 19;
Wednesday, May 20;
Tuesday, May 26;
Wednesday, May 27; and
Thursday, May 28;

The adjournment time for a scheduled “late night” will be around 8:30 p.m. or later (potentially as late as 11:59 p.m.). Please know, however, that I reserve the right to cancel a scheduled “late night,” in which case I will provide the members of the Legislature with as much notice as possible of such a cancellation. Also, a canceled “late night” may still mean an adjournment time as late as 7:00 p.m.

Speaker Announces Key Session Dates for 2015

January 9th, 2015

January 12, 13, and 14
• Convene at 10:00 a.m. and adjourn by noon or when introduced bills have been processed by the Clerk’s office

January 15
• Convene at 9:00 a.m. and debate motion to adopt permanent rules
• Bill introduction
• Recess at noon and reconvene at 1:30 p.m. dependent upon progress of rules debate

January 16
• Convene at 9:00 a.m. and debate motion to adopt permanent rules
• Bill introduction
• Recess at noon and reconvene at 1:30 p.m. dependent upon progress of rules debate
• (Tentative) Last day to submit bill requests to Revisor of Statutes/Bill Drafting Office

January 20
• Convene at 11:00 a.m. and adjourn by noon or when introduced bills have been processed by the Clerk’s office
• Public Hearings begin at 1:30 p.m.

January 21
• Convene at 10:00 a.m.
• Last day of bill introduction
• Adjourn by noon or when introduced bills have been processed by the Clerk’s office

January 22
• Convene at 9:30 a.m.
• Governor’s State of the State Address – 10:00 a.m.

January 23
• Convene at 10:00 a.m.
• Begin general file debate of legislation
• Adjourn by noon

January 26
• Convene at 10:00 a.m. (first day of the work week)
• Debate of legislation
• Adjourn by noon

January 27, 28, 29 and 30
• Convene at 9:00 a.m.
• Debate of legislation
• Adjourn by noon

January 29
• Chief Justice Heavican’s State of the Judiciary Address-10:00 a.m.

February 23
• Speaker’s office will begin accepting senator and committee priority designations and requests for speaker priority designations

March 11, Prior to Adjournment
• Deadline to submit a letter to the Speaker requesting designation of a bill as a 2015 speaker priority bill

March 12, Prior to Adjournment
• Deadline for designation of committee and senator priority bills

March 16
• Speaker priority bills announced prior to adjournment

March 20
• Tentative date to complete committee public hearings on introduced bills

Additionally, please note that beginning January 26th, we will begin the first day of the work week at 10:00 a.m., unless otherwise announced. The remaining days of the week we will convene session at 9:00 a.m.

If bad weather necessitates a time change, the change will be announced via the Legislature’s website homepage (www.nebraskalegislature.gov)

Speaker Duties

January 7th, 2015

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.