One bill has been filed. Others could be forthcoming as the Nebraska legislature convenes in special session at the Capitol in Lincoln.
Gov. Dave Heineman called the legislature into special session to consider oil pipeline regulations. The governor’s move comes in response to the growing controversy over TransCanada’s proposal to build the Keystone XL pipeline through the Sand Hills and over the Ogallala Aquifer.
Speaker of the Legislature Mike Flood of Norfolk formally opened the special session at two o’clock Tuesday afternoon.
One bill was introduced. Sen. Annette Dubas of Fullerton has filed an amended version of a bill she circulated earlier among the 49 state senators. Dubas says the changes have been made to address concerns about the constitutionality of the original version. The legislature returns to its chamber in the Capitol late tomorrow morning. Other bills might be introduced then.
The opening day session didn’t last long. Sen. Lavon Heideman of Elk Creek opened the session with a prayer after he delivered a brief message to fellow senators, reminding them that they have an opportunity to serve the Nebraskans who sent them to the Capitol. Heideman urged fellow senators not to simply succumb to popular opinion, but to “do the right thing.”