Nebraska Lawmakers in for Long Days of Debate


LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Nebraska lawmakers are bracing for longer days of debate on bills, effective immediately.

Speaker of the Legislature Greg Adams announced Tuesday that lawmakers will adjourn each day at 6 or 6:30 p.m., instead the regular 5 p.m. end time, over the next three weeks.

Adams says lawmakers will start debating even later into the night on Monday and Wednesday nights, starting April 22. He told senators that debate may run until 8:30 p.m. or later on the designated late nights.

Once the state budget comes out of committee in May, Adams says lawmakers should plan to work late each night for the rest of the session.

The budget will come out on the session's 70th day, on May 1. The 90-day session is scheduled to conclude on June 5.