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Heineman: Losing great leaders, but looking forward to new ideas

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The Nebraska Unicameral kicks off the 2012 legislative session next week.  It marks the end of an era for some state senators.

Due to term limits, some lawmakers will be serving their final year in the senate.

Two notables among the "senior class" is Senator Deb Fischer of Valentine, who's already embarked on a run for the U-S Senate, and Speaker of the Legislature Mike Flood.

Governor Dave Heineman says term limits mean Nebraska will be ending brilliant careers, but adds that he thinks it brings about exciting opportunities for others.

"I make the argument all the time.  The best example is we've got an outstanding young speaker right now. Senator Mike Flood would've never had the opportunity had it not been for term limits relative to the leadership of the legislature," said Heineman.

Heineman says the legislature is losing some great leaders after 2012 but said he's looking forward to new ideas from the next generation of lawmakers.

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