Nebraska lawmakers gave unanimous approval to two oil pipeline regulation bills, effectively ending the special session on a high note few thought possible when it began. Governor Heineman signed the bills into law shortly thereafter.
Lawmakers gave approval first to LB4, which will carry out an agreement worked out with TransCanada that will seek an alternative route for the Keystone XL pipeline, a route that will avoid the Sand Hills. The governor will give final approval to the new route. State senators then took up and passed LB1, a more general oil pipeline bill. It will require future pipeline routes to be approved by the Public Service Commission.
Speaker of the Legislature Mike Flood of Norfolk gave the bills to the Natural Resources Committee which walked down to the governor’s office to deliver the legislation personally to the governor. The signing ceremony took place shortly thereafter.