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Legislature: Racial profiling, foster care, problem gambling Tell North Platte what you think
 

State lawmakers acted on a series of bills Friday, including legislation about racial profiling, student internships, problem gambling and foster care.

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Racial profiles

LB 99: Introduced by Omaha Sen. Heath Mello, this bill would extend the sunset date for reporting provisions of Nebraska’s ban on racial profiling from Jan. 1, 2014, to Jan. 1, 2018. It would also require the Nebraska Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice to seek outside funding for comprehensive reviews of motor vehicle stops and allegations of racial profiling in the state. The bill passed on final reading 46-0.


Interns

LB 476: This bill would modify the provisions of the Intern NE program to allow more flexibility for business, educational institutions and students to take advantage of the grant-supported internships aimed at promoting economic growth and retention in the state, according to the legislation’s Statement of Intent.

The bill would make more students eligible for internships, eliminate minimum week and hourly requirements and increase the maximum reimbursement up to 75 percent, or $5,000 per internship. Previously the reimbursement amount was $3,500.

The bill passed 46-0. Sen. Tom Carlson of Holdrege introduced the bill.


Problem gambling

LB 6: This bill, introduced by Sen. Bob Krist of Omaha, would create a nine-member Nebraska Commission on Problem Gambling under the Department of Revenue, replacing a similar commission in the Department of Health and Human Services.

The commission would act as an administrative unit that oversees counseling and treatment services for problem gamblers.

The bill will be sent for another round of review before it’s presented again for final reading.


Foster care

LB 265: Introduced by Sen. Colby Coash of Lincoln, the bill would expand the definition of an “extended family member” under the Nebraska Indian Child Welfare Act pertaining to foster care placement.

The expanded definition would include the child's parents, clan members, band members or any type of cousin. While kinship and relatives’ homes are exempt from seeking a foster care license, the bill encourages caretakers in these arrangements to get one if it facilitates a permanent placement plan for the child.

The bill will be sent for another round of review before it’s presented again for final reading.


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