Nebraska Speaker Hadley urges lawmakers to stop wasting time

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska Speaker of the Legislature Galen Hadley says lawmakers are running out of time to debate their main priorities in this year’s session.

Hadley, of Kearney, told senators Wednesday that the Legislature has 34 days to consider 60 priority bills that haven’t yet won first-round approval. Another 22 bills are still sitting in committee.

Hadley says lawmakers will have to debate at least half a dozen bills a day to address all senator and committee priorities. Hadley says dozens of bills also await second- and third-round approval.

Hadley’s comments came as lawmakers debated a proposed fuel tax increase. Sen. Tyson Larson of O’Neill used his time on the floor to rail against lawmakers for failing to pass charter school legislation.

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