LINCOLN — A bill to shake up the Omaha Public Schools board will have a public hearing Thursday before the Legislature's Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.
Legislative Bill 125 has one of the first hearing dates of the 2013 session, which could allow it to move quickly through the legislative process.
The measure would reduce the number of board members to nine, down from the current 12, and limit them to two consecutive terms.
State Sen. Scott Lautenbaugh of Omaha, the bill's introducer, wants to have elections for the new, smaller board at the same time as the city elections this spring.
Two key senators who could help speed the bill along signed on as co-sponsors this week.
They are Sens. Bill Avery of Lincoln, who is chairman of the government committee, and Ernie Chambers of Omaha, who excels at blocking legislation he opposes.
Government committee members could vote as soon as Thursday on advancing the measure to the full Legislature for debate.
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