Nebraska lawmakers begin 2012 legislative session

By: Newsroom

Nebraska lawmakers have opened the 2012 legislative session that is expected to focus on the state's troubled child welfare system, job creation and a decision about whether to build a system of federally mandated health insurance exchanges.

Lawmakers convened Wednesday for a session that is scheduled to last 60 days. Speaker of the Legislature Mike Flood says he expects top issues to include proposed child welfare reforms, an insurance exchange program required under the new national health care law and a bill that would give cities the ability to seek voter approval of sales tax increases.

Gov. Dave Heineman says he wants to concentrate on job creation and education.