Neb. lawmakers struggle with session directions

AP News
Posted: Nov 09, 2009 1:27 PM

Nebraska lawmakers are having trouble following directions during the special legislative session intended to cut $334 million from the two-year state budget.

Excluding bills introduced on behalf of Gov. Dave Heineman, nine of the 12 bills introduced by lawmakers have been deemed clearly or likely outside the session limits that were set by Heineman.

That means the bills probably will not be considered at all during the session. On Monday, Attorney General Jon Bruning's office issued negative opinions on eight of the bills.

Last week, Bruning's office said another bill didn't fit the purposes of the special session.

One of the bills nixed on Monday called for increasing fee money that goes to a fund to control weeds.