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Senators advanced a bill that would expand the state's authority to regulate the sale, purchase and trade of exotic animals at exotic animal auctions and swap meets. Each animal changing owners would have be inspected by a veterinarian within 30 days. The bill (LB884) was introduced by Sen. Tom Hansen of North Platte. It advanced from first-round debate on a 30-0 vote.

Speaker Greg Adams announced a schedule for late night sessions — beyond 6 p.m. — beginning March 18 and 20. “From that point forward, I will be reserving every day, other than the final day of the work week, as a late night. It is my hope that some of these late nights may be cancelled if we are progressing through that day’s agenda,” he said in a memo to senators.

The adjournment time for a scheduled “late night” will be around 8:30 p.m. or later, potentially as late as 11:59 p.m., he said.

The Legislature will meet four days a week from now until its scheduled conclusion April 17.

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State government reporter

JoAnne Young covers state government, including the Legislature and state agencies, and the people they serve.

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