Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman (R) signed two bills November 22 from a special legislative session that will establish a regulatory framework for oil pipeline routes in Nebraska and authorize the state to work with the Department of State to study the environmental impact of a new route for the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The second pipeline bill creates an application process for companies that includes privately funded hearings for Nebraska voters to weigh in on proposed routes for future oil lines that run through the state.