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Mike Hilgers

Sen. Mike Hilgers

Speaker of the Legislature

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First, I want to provide some direction with respect to our schedule for the next four days.

Today will be a full day of debate with an adjournment time around 5 or 5:30 p.m. My goal is to complete the select file at the end of today’s agenda. To facilitate the body’s ability to work that late, we will break for lunch from noon to 1:00 p.m. today.

On Monday and Tuesday, we will begin at 9:00 a.m. and have a one hour lunch break from noon to 1:00 p.m.

Monday’s adjournment time may be as late as midnight and because of that extended late night, we will have a short 30 minute dinner break around 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday’s adjournment time may be somewhere between 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

My goal for Wednesday will be a 10:00 a.m. start time, working through the day without a lunch break, and adjournment early afternoon. Obviously, our progress on Monday and Tuesday will impact the Wednesday schedule.

Monday is our final day for select file. Bills advanced from select file on Monday will allow a bill to be read on final reading on Wednesday, ensuring no pocket vetoes. Once we complete select file debate on Monday, a quorum of the body will need to remain in the building while we stand at ease until all bills advanced that day are returned by the Revisor Office and placed on final reading prior to adjournment. Tuesday will be the constitutionally required one day layover for all bills processed on Monday.

On Tuesday I intend to schedule final reading for the bills we have advanced earlier in the session. Currently, there are 92 bills sitting on final reading ready for advancement. Additionally, Tuesday will include debate of four resolutions (LRs 271, 284, 335, and 346) and Legislative Confirmation Reports.

Wednesday, will include final reading of the bills advanced off of select file on Monday, and any bills or resolutions unfinished from Tuesday.

The last day for introduction of congratulatory or ceremonial resolutions is Tuesday, April 12th, allowing the publication of a resolution on the agenda and its adoption prior to adjournment sine die.

Sen. Mike Hilgers

Speaker of the Legislature
Room 2103
P.O. Box 94604
Lincoln, NE 68509
(402) 471-2673
Email: mhilgers@leg.ne.gov
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