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The special session will convene on September 13, at 10:00 a.m. Prior to that date, I have been informed by Chair Linehan that the Redistricting Committee will vote on a redistricting plan (for all 7 maps), and make those maps public, to provide as much notice to the public as possible regarding the proposed plan in advance of the public hearings.
The Redistricting Committee will hold hearings in each of the three congressional districts as required by rule. Those hearings will be on September 14, 15, and 16. The information is as follows and will be posted on the appropriate public pages of the Nebraska Legislature’s website:
September 14 at 1:30 pm
Central Community College
3134 W. Hwy 34
Room 555, Health Science Education Center
3134 W. Hwy 34
Grand Island, NE
September 15 at 9:00 am
Nebraska State Capitol Bldg.
1445 K St.
Scott Conference Center
6450 Pine St.
On September 13, I anticipate that we will gavel in the session and that the plan will be introduced. We will then stand at ease to allow for the plan to be read across, referred to the Referencing Committee, and to allow the Referencing Committee to refer the plans and have the reference report reported to the floor. In addition, we will need to stand at ease long enough for the hearing notices to be completed and read across.
On September 14-16, in addition to the Redistricting Committee hearings, some standing committees will conduct hearings on gubernatorial appointments (such appointments are considered “administrative” and accordingly can be completed during the special session). At this time those committees include: Education, General Affairs, Government, HHS, Natural Resources, Judiciary, Business and Labor, and Retirement. For members not serving on any of these committees, September 14-16 will be check-in days only.
I anticipate that general file debate will begin on Friday, September 17. Right now please plan on September 17 being at least a full day (with a 5 p.m. or later adjournment). Work will extend to that Saturday, September 18, with a potential 8:00 a.m. start time. The next week please reserve, for now, late nights every day of the week, including Friday September 24.