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2012 Nebraska Legislature begins in Lincoln

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At 10:00 Wednesday morning, the bell will ring on the 60-day session of the 102nd Nebraska Legislature in Lincoln.  Legislative leaders have said their top priorities will likely include a debate over federally mandated health care exchanges and an overhaul of Nebraska's child welfare system.  Governor Dave Heineman said he is looking forward to working together with lawmakers on these issues and said he does not want to go back on the failed policies of the past.  Heineman said the bottom line is Nebraska's children and how the State can do a better job servicing them, but he added that Government is not a good parent.  The Governor said cooperation is needed with Nebraska's families and foster families for maximum assistance.  Some of the other hot topics are likely to focus on job creation and education.  This session also marked the last for a number of veteran senators including Madison County's Senator and Speaker of the Legislature, Mike Flood.  This is the 8th and final year of his term.

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