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Lawmakers on the Legislature‚Äôs Natural Resources Committee held a rare closed-door executive session Thursday to discuss legal issues related to Gov. Pete Ricketts’ proposal to build a canal and reservoir system that would divert water from the South Platte River in Colorado for use in Nebraska.

The committee is considering Legislative Bill 1015, which would give the state‚Äôs Department of Natural Resources the authority to build and maintain such a system, which is¬†allowed under a nearly 100-year-old compact. The committee didn’t vote Thursday on whether to advance the bill. But based on comments from two participants, it is unclear if the discussion needed to take place behind closed doors.

Executive sessions are open to the press with rare exceptions. When State Sen. Bruce Bostelman of Brainard, Natural Resources chair, moved to close the meeting Thursday, he cited ‚Äúrare and extraordinary circumstances‚ÄĚ to ‚Äúdiscuss potential…

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