LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Speaker of the Legislature Jim Scheer says he's confident lawmakers will have a positive, productive session this year but acknowledged he may be more optimistic than others.
Scheer made the comments Wednesday as he outlined a rough schedule for the new session. He reminded his fellow senators that they won't win on every issue.
Scheer says public hearings on bills will begin on Jan. 16. Lawmakers will spend the first 10 days of the session introducing new bills.
Gov. Pete Ricketts is scheduled to outline his agenda to lawmakers in his annual State of the State address on Jan. 10. Nebraska Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Heavican will discuss issues facing the courts in his State of the Judiciary speech on Jan. 18.