The Legislature has canceled bill hearings scheduled for Friday afternoon because of weather forecasts calling for a winter storm beginning Friday.
Senators passed a motion made by Speaker Mike Flood to suspend the rules to allow for the change of hearings from Friday afternoon to Feb. 13.
Doing that on Thursday allows the hearings to be rescheduled, Flood said. It doesn't put anyone on the road during bad weather and allows members, many of whom would be driving across the state Friday, to get home safely.
"Bill hearings are an integral part of the legislative process, and it is important for both senators and citizens to be able to attend public hearings," Flood said.
The National Weather Service has said if the storm stays on target, Lincoln and the Interstate 80 corridor could be in for half a foot of snow or more once cold air gets pulled into the area. Those along a line from Grand Island to Sioux City, Iowa, could see as much as a foot, with even more falling to the west.
By Thursday morning, far southwest Nebraska was under a blizzard warning and central Nebraska was under a blizzard watch. Most of the rest of the state was under a winter storm watch to begin Friday afternoon.
The hearings are rescheduled for Monday Feb. 13 at 9:30 a.m. Members will check in that morning at 9 and recess for the hearings.
On Friday, the Legislature will meet from 9-11 a.m.
Friday's hearings include bills in the Government, Military and Veterans Affairs, Health and Human Services, Judiciary, Natural Resources and Revenue committees.