Updated 12:46 p.m. Friday

LINCOLN, Neb. — Eight past and present state employees have been subpoenaed to testify before a special investigatory legislative committee next week, and five of them plan to plead the Fifth Amendment, invoking their right to remain silent.

However, state law allows the committee to go to a district judge to compel them to testify in exchange for immunity, and so a hearing on the matter will be held Friday afternoon before Lancaster County District Judge Stephanie Stacy.