A proposal to create a Nebraska state water task force is headed to a final vote in the Legislature.
Lawmakers gave the bill second-round approval on Monday.
The task force would include members of the Nebraska Natural Resources Commission, plus 11 members appointed by the governor. It also would have non-voting members, including the Department of Natural Resources director, the Legislature's Natural Resources chairman, and five other lawmakers.
The 11th appointed member would represent a metropolitan utilities district. Several Omaha senators argued in favor of adding that member.
The appointed members would have to come from a range of water interests, from public power and irrigation districts to agriculture and outdoor recreation.
The bill was introduced by Sen. Tom Carlson, of Holdrege.