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Over the Fence at Legislature: End of week 2 Tell North Platte what you think
 
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Hello! The 2014 Legislature began this session discussing bills carried over from last year because we ran out of time. Most of these bills weren’t controversial, but Sen. Chambers has already filibustered many of them and consequently we haven’t gotten much accomplished.

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Here are a number of bills introduced this year that may be of interest to you.

• LB 663 – Changes provisions for elections conducted by mail.

• LB 669 – Transfers cash reserve funds to the Property Tax Credit Cash Fund.

• LB 670 – Changes property tax valuations of agricultural land and horticultural land.

• LB 671 – Eliminates provisions relating to hunting and killing of mountain lions.

• LB 725 – Changes provisions relating to local effort rate yield under the Tax Equity and Educational Opportunities Support Act. (TEEOSA)

• LB 773 – Provides for partisan ballots for unaffiliated voters at primary elections.

• LB 834 – Changes provisions relating to funding for school breakfast programs.

• LB 838 – Changes dates relating to certifications and distribution of state aid to schools.

• LB 887 – Adopts the Wellness in Nebraska Act. (Medicaid expansion)

• LB 935 – Requires legislative approval to move state services, such as the state’s veteran’s home.

• LB 943 – Increases the minimum wage rate over a period of three years.

Also, I have introduced three bills. They are:

• LB 812, which eliminates the state’s inheritance tax;

• LB 813, which changes the valuation of agricultural land and horticultural land from 75% of its actual valuation to 65% of its actual valuation over a period of two years; and

• LB 884, an attempt to be proactive in protecting the health and safety of Nebraska’s livestock by more closely regulating the types of livestock animals being sold, purchased, bartered, or otherwise transferred through exotic animal auctions or swap meets, predominantly, sheep and goats.

So far, 329 bills have been introduced this session with two more days left for bill introduction.

Gov. Dave Heineman, in his State of the State address this week, proposed providing tax relief, focusing on the need for property tax relief and income tax relief for the middle class, reforming the state’s “good time” law and rejecting the expansion of Medicaid. I think he’s on the right track for the people of the State of Nebraska.

Additionally, I’ve learned the Nebraska Capitol Live app is available.

It allows users of both Android and Apple products to stream all coverage of the Unicameral from bill introduction to final reading. Provided by the State of Nebraska and Nebraska Educational Telecommunications (NET), the app is free and available from the Apple app store, iTunes and the Google Play store.

It also provides live coverage of other state entities, including the Nebraska Supreme Court and the Governor’s hearing room.

Also, NET Television continues to provide coverage from the Legislature via live broadcasts on NET2 World and its website at netNebraska.org.

And to remind you, the Legislature’s website www.NebraskaLegislature.gov provides information on each bill, the hearing schedule, list of senators and the daily agenda.

As always, you can call my office to obtain additional information. My phone number is 402-471-2729; my email address is thansen@leg.ne.gob; and you can always write me at Senator Tom Hansen, State Capitol, PO Box 94604, Lincoln, NE 68509.


Lincoln County rancher Tom Hansen represents Lincoln County in the Nebraska Legislature, and provides a summary report every two weeks. - Editor.


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