UNIC A M ER A L Vol. XXXIV, No. 5
January 31 - February 4, 2011
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THE NEBRASKA LEGISLATURE’S
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First of governor’s HHS cuts discussed
he Health and Human Services Committee heard The bills were introduced by Lincoln Sen. Kathy
testimony Feb. 3 on three bills that are part of the Campbell at the request of the governor and together are
governor’s budget recommendations relating to projected to save the state approximately $12 million over
health and human services provision in Nebraska. the next two fiscal years.
LB465 would eliminate state-only benefits
for certain non-citizen permanent residents
who are in the United States legally but do not
qualify for benefits under federal guidelines.
Current federal guidelines require permanent
residents to be in the U.S. for five years to
qualify for benefits, but states can choose to
provide benefits without using federal funds.
Currently, lawful non-citizens who meet
income and other requirements are eligible to
participate in Nebraska’s state-option Medicaid
program, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance
Program, Temporary Aid to Needy Families and
aid to the aged, blind and disabled regardless
of when they entered the country.
Todd Reckling, director of the division of
children and family services at the state Depart-
Sen. Kathy Campbell introduced three cost-cutting bills on behalf of the governor. ment of Health and Human Services, testified
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Tax credits proposed for high-tech start-up investment
hose investing in high-tech The bill would define high-tech $25,000 in a calendar year and quali-
small businesses would receive field to include aerospace, agricultural fied funds — composed of three or
refundable income tax credits processing, renewable energy, energy more investors — would be required
under a bill heard by the Revenue efficiency and conservation, environ- to invest at least $50,000. Refundable
Committee Feb. 3. mental engineering, food technology, credits equaling 40 percent of the
LB389, introduced by Bellevue Sen. cellulosic ethanol, information tech- investment would be granted to inves-
Abbie Cornett at the request of the gov- nology, materials science technology, tors with caps of $350,000 for mar-
ernor, would provide up to $5 million nanotechnology, telecommunications, ried couples filing joint returns and
in tax credits annually for investments biosolutions, medical device products, $300,000 for all other filers. Credits
made in Nebraska businesses with 25 pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, biologi- could not exceed $1 million per tax-
or fewer employees primarily engaged in cals, chemistry and veterinary science. able year for any one business.
researching, developing or using prod- To qualify for tax credits, indi- Richard Baier, director of the state
ucts and services in high-tech fields. viduals would need to invest at least Department of Economic Develop-
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INSIDE: Kid’s meal toys debated • Handicapped parking fees could increase • Meet Sen. Bloomfield
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A CLOSER LOOK
First of governor’s HHS cuts discussed
(continued from front page)
in support of the bill. unintended negative consequences for children. In any
The proposal was not made lightly, he said, but the given month, she said, there are over 17,000 Nebraska
governor determined that aid to non-citizens was a lower children whose parents are ADC recipients.
priority than other benefit programs. Approximately 2,000 “A parent’s mental and physical health can have signifi-
individuals would be affected by the change, he said, and cant consequences for children,” Mancuso said.
the department believes that local food banks and commu- Finally, LB468 would extend to Dec. 1, 2011, an existing
nity health clinics could be used to replace some services. requirement that HHS provide notice to the Legislature of
“We believe that there are other resources available,” proposed rules changes to the Medicaid program regard-
Reckling said. ing premiums, co-payments, deductibles and limits on the
James Goddard of Nebraska Appleseed testified in op- amount, scope and duration of goods and services prior
position to the bill, saying it would reverse sound public to the legislative session during which the changes would
policy. take effect.
“These programs provide access to nutritious food Vivianne Chaumont, HHS director of Medicaid and
and basic health care coverage,” he said. “Without these long-term care, testified in support of LB468, saying the
programs these individuals are likely to struggle.” intent of the bill is to allow the department to establish
LB467, the second bill discussed, would authorize and increase co-payments for certain Medicaid services. She
HHS to suspend Medicaid coverage for an adult member outlined some of the proposed co-pay changes as follows:
of a family receiving Aid to Dependent Children (ADC) • $15 per admission for an in-patient hospital stay;
benefits who fails to fulfill work requirements under the • $3 for durable medical equipment over $50;
Employment First program. The bill provides an exemp- • $3 for brand name prescriptions; and
tion for women who are pregnant or have given birth in • $2 per visit for mental health or substance abuse
the previous 60 days, unless they refuses to cooperate in office visits.
providing information on possible third-parties who may Funding the state’s Medicaid program will cost Ne-
be liable to pay for care and services on their behalf. braska $582 million in general fund dollars over the next
Testifying in support of the proposal, Reckling said the two years, Chaumont said, and LB468 would help slow
bill was prompted by a 2010 Nebraska Supreme Court future increases.
ruling that HHS could not withhold Medicaid benefits as Kathy Hoell of Arc of Nebraska testified against the
a sanction for failure to comply with the state’s welfare-to- bill, saying it could result in unchecked Medicaid cuts by
work program under current law. the department.
Approximately 6,700 individuals participate in Employ- “LB468 creates a potential for a several month period
ment First, Reckling said, and about 929 are sanctioned in which DHHS could make any alteration to Medicaid
each month. Allowing HHS to suspend Medicaid coverage without legislative oversight,” she said. “This [bill] would re-
for those individuals would save Nebraska approximately move the very safeguards that this committee put in place.”
$3.8 million per year in state and federal dollars, he said. The committee took no immediate action on any of
Goddard testified against the bill, saying removing the proposals. g
health care from parents places an entire family at risk.
“Medicaid and ADC contribute to the well-being of
Nebraska families,” he said. “They are an investment in
health and economic stability.”
Aubrey Mancuso of Voices for Children in Nebraska
also testified in opposition to the bill, saying it may have
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A CLOSER LOOK
Tax credits proposed for high-tech start-up investment
(continued from front page)
ment, testified in support of the bill, limit under the Nebraska Advantage University of Nebraska. He said angel
saying it was the result of a study Microenterprise Tax Credit Act from $2 funds are often used for prototype de-
that revealed Nebraska’s limited op- million to $1 million. The new limits velopment, additional data collection
portunities for start-up seed money. would be imposed in 2012. and validation.
Interviews conducted as part of the Baier said some tax credits offered “Angel investors are one of the few
study suggested that accessing early through the Rural Development Act sources to [transform] a discovery or
stage capital is difficult here, he said, and Microenterprise Tax Credit Act invention from a research project to
as seen by Nebraska’s ranking 44th in have gone unused. Many businesses something in which a venture capital
risk capital and entrepreneurial infra- are forgoing the Rural Development firm or industry would be interested,”
structure in the 2010 State Technology Act credits in favor of incentives of- Withem said.
and Science index. fered under tier one of the Nebraska Jennifer Wolf, executive director
“In this innovation age where en- Advantage Act, he said. of Dawson Area Development, said
trepreneurial culture is so credit markets are tight,
important — not only for which makes it difficult for
Nebraska’s economy but entrepreneurs to find capi-
also for our work force and tal. Furthermore, she said,
youth retention — this is not many start-up companies
how Nebraska wants to be prefer an upfront injection
known around the country,” of capital provided by angel
Baier said. investments instead of tax
LB389 would address this credits offered under current
capital shortage by creating state tax incentive programs.
an angel investment tax credit John Miles, representing
similar to those implemented the Lincoln Chamber of
in more than 20 other states, Commerce, said banks are
Baier said. While the credits not lending to start-up com-
in other states range from 10 panies, which often have a
to 100 percent of the invest- good idea or invention but
ment, he said, only Maryland Sen. abbie Cornett explains the provisions of the proposed tax credits. lack substantial net worth.
offers a refundable tax credit Banks also hesitate to invest
like the one set forth in LB389. Doug McGregor, CEO of WebEquity in these types of companies because
“The states that have [adopted Solutions, testified in support of the bill, only one in ten are successful, he added.
angel investment tax credits] have had saying it would make Nebraska a “ris- “Lack of capital is usually the big-
pretty resounding success in terms of ing star” in the high-tech world. Angel gest culprit in any business’s failure,”
an increase in lending to small busi- investment tax credits attract early stage Miles said. “As a result, doing some-
nesses,” Baier said. investments, he said, as evidenced by thing to soften the risk of investment
To fund the tax credits, the bill Wisconsin’s threefold increase in angel by angels and further incentivize other
would reduce the amount of tax credits investments under its program. investors to become angels is extremely
offered under the Nebraska Advantage LB389 could provide a link be- important and positive.”
Rural Development Act from $4 mil- tween laboratory and marketplace, The committee took no immediate
lion to $2 million and modify the credit said Ron Withem, representing the action on the bill. g
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Bill would limit children’s toys
in packaged meals
Restaurants would be prohibited
from offering toys with meals that
fail to meet nutritional standards set
forth in a bill heard by the Agriculture
children’s meals. Rauner said.
Committee Feb. 1.
The bill would direct the state De- Jim Partington, executive director
LB126, introduced by Lincoln Sen.
partment of Agriculture to administer, of the Nebraska Restaurant Associa-
Bill Avery, would
implement and enforce regulations to tion, testified in opposition to the bill.
carry out the bill’s provisions. The de- Placing restrictions on restaurants will
rants and conve-
partment estimates that initial costs to not lower childhood obesity rates, he
nience stores from
implement the bill would be $227,000 said, because three-fourths of chil-
with ongoing costs of approximately dren’s meals are provided at home.
$239,000 per year. “We will make more progress
or selling con-
Sen. Bill avery Avery said his bill is meant to pro- against obesity as a nation if we avoid
vide better choices for parents when controversial legislation and rely on
items associated with the purchase of
they select meals for their children. education about the benefits of a bal-
a packaged child’s meal if the meal:
Some fast food businesses use toys anced diet, moderation, physical activ-
• exceeds 500 calories;
to market their least expensive, least ity and maintaining a healthy lifestyle,”
• exceeds 10 percent of calories
nutritious meals to children, he said. Partington said.
from saturated fat with a maxi-
One-third of Nebraska children are Roger Moody, representing the Ne-
mum of 6 grams;
overweight or obese, according to Avery, braska Broadcasters Association, also
• contains more than 0.5 grams
who said his bill would provide an ad- spoke in opposition to the bill, saying
of artificial trans fat per item;
ditional tool to fight childhood obesity. it would unduly restrict commercial free
• exceeds 10 percent of calories
“This is sensible legislation aimed speech. In order for such speech to be
from added sugars;
at adjusting lifestyle choices and pro- restricted, he said, the product adver-
• exceeds 640 milligrams of so-
moting the health and welfare of our tised must be illegal or misleading and
[children],” Avery said. there must be a substantial government
• includes less than 50 percent
Dr. Bob Rauner, representing the Ne- interest served by restricting the speech.
whole grain if the meal has a
braska Medical Association, testified in Moody also said the bill’s advertis-
support of LB126. Children’s inability ing restriction would cause problems
• includes less than one cup of
to distinguish educational information for broadcasters, many of which are
fruits or vegetables, not includ-
from advertising and their disposition prohibited contractually from tamper-
ing fried vegetables.
to collect toys make them susceptible to ing with their network commercials,
The bill would set similar standards
marketing materials, he said. which could include restaurants adver-
for breakfast meals.
“Any marketing directed to- tising toys in children’s meals.
Consumer incentive items would
ward a child under 12 is inherently The committee took no immediate
be defined as toys, games, vouchers or
deceptive and should be illegal,” action on the bill.
other prizes associated with packaged
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Banking, an average family paying $194 per year
for auto insurance would see their pre-
Bill would require license to sell
portable electronics insurance
Commerce & mium increase by $28 per year, he said.
“I wouldn’t think that $28 would Sellers of cell phone insurance would
Insurance drive someone to drop their insur- be required to obtain a license under a
ance,” Loring said. bill heard by the Banking, Commerce
Bill would increase minimum Robert Moodie of the Nebraska and Insurance Committee Jan. 31.
auto insurance liability Association of Trial Attorneys also LB535, introduced by Hastings
testified in support. Sen. Dennis Utter,
Minimum liability policy limits on Bad drivers who have been in would establish a
auto insurance in Nebraska would several accidents often insure at the limited-lines in-
double under a measure heard Feb. 1 minimum levels, he said, in an attempt surance license to
by the Banking, Commerce and Insur- to lower their premiums. sell portable elec-
ance Committee. “These are the people who ought tronics insurance
Currently, minimum policy limits to be required to carry higher limits,” or provide similar
Sen. dennis Utter
are $25,000 per person, $50,000 per oc- Moodie said. “A $25,000 limit on coverage. Portable
currence and $25,000 for property dam- personal injury is, quite frankly, just electronics insurance would be de-
age. LB196, intro- not responsible.” fined as insurance covering repair or
duced by Sen. Steve But Jim Dobler of the Nebraska In- replacement of portable electronics
Lathrop of Omaha, surance Information Service said high- due to theft, misplacement, damage,
would increase those risk drivers, along with low-income mechanical faults or similar damage.
minimum limits to individuals and the elderly, will be Utter said the bill would create
$50,000 per person, tempted to forego insurance entirely a licensing framework under which
$100,000 per occur- rather than pay increased premiums vendors could offer this specialized
rence and $50,000 Sen. Steve lathrop resulting from the bill’s passage. insurance.
for property damage. “The cost of requiring higher mini- Vendors interested in selling por-
Lathrop said the bill is meant to pro- mum liability limits for auto insurance table electronics insurance would apply
tect those who purchase the minimum will fall most heavily on those who can to the state Department of Insurance for
coverage believing that they are adequate- least afford it,” Dobler said. a two-year license, which would have an
ly insured. Nebraska’s minimum cover- In addition, the current policy initial fee of up to $1,000 and a renewal
age requirements have not been raised limit is enough to cover the average fee of up to $500. Vendors offering por-
in many years, he said, and have not bodily injury claim, he said, which was table electronics products and service in
kept pace with the cost of a claim when $23,723 in 2006. no more than 10 locations across the
someone is injured in an auto accident. Tad Fraizer of the American Insur- state would be charged a flat initial and
“This is all tied to the cost of medi- ance Association also opposed the bill, renewal rate of up to $100.
cal care,” he said. “The cost of medical saying it may have the unintended The bill would require vendors to
care is significantly greater than it was consequence of increasing the number disclose information to consumers
just 10 years ago.” of uninsured drivers in Nebraska. covering topics such as the possibility
Dan Loring of the Independent “This [bill] will impact people who of duplicate coverage due to a consum-
Insurance Agents of Nebraska testified are right at the margin and can’t afford er’s homeowner’s insurance policy.
in support of the bill, saying that a cor- that additional premium amount,” Violators of the bill’s provisions
responding increase in premiums would he said. could be subject to fines of up to $500
be minimal and likely would not lead to The committee took no immediate per violation, not to exceed $5,000
more uninsured drivers. Under the bill, action on the bill. total. The bill would have an operative
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date of Jan. 1, 2012. information technology and develop- training grants in any 12-month period.
Rhonda Oswald, representing Asu- ment companies. The department could allocate no more
rion Corporation, testified in support “Internships allow students to than $1.5 million in fiscal years 2011-12
of the bill, saying it would implement develop valuable professional experi- and 2012-13 from the Job Training Cash
a licensing system used in nine other ence,” he said. “We must take advan- Fund to the internship program.
states. tage of the talent we have in the state.” No opposition testimony was given
“[LB535] ensures a balanced regu- Department of Economic Develop- and the committee took no immediate
latory structure that would avoid the ment director Richard Baier testified action on the bill.
need to license every individual on the in support of the bill, saying it fits well
floor of every retailer in Nebraska that with Nebraska’s statewide economic Greater credit privacy sought
offers the insurance to consumers,” development plan. The state needs to for job seekers, employees
Oswald said. address a lack of highly skilled work-
No one testified in opposition, and ers, he said, adding that the bill would The Business and Labor Commit-
the committee took no immediate ac- generate an estimated 500-700 new tee heard testimony Jan. 31 on two
tion on the bill. internships per year. bills meant to prevent workplace dis-
Caleb Pollard, executive director crimination based on credit reports.
of Valley County Economic Develop- LB530, sponsored by Omaha Sen.
Business & Labor ment, also supported the bill, saying Brenda Council,
it could help businesses find quality would create the
Bill seeks use of job training workers to replace retiring baby boom- Employee Credit
fund for internships ers in the coming years. Privacy Act. Under
“We have businesses that are will- the bill, an employer
The Business and Labor Commit- ing to expand and hire,” he said, “but would be prohib-
tee heard testimony Jan. 31 on a bill they cannot find talented workers. ited from refusing
that would allow certain companies Sen. Brenda Council
This [bill] can help both rural and to hire or recruit,
to apply for job training grants to hire urban communities address their discharging or otherwise discriminat-
college students for paid internships. employment issues.” ing against an individual based on
Under LB386, introduced by Elk Under the bill, an intern would be information obtained from his or her
Creek Sen. Lavon required to work at least 200 hours in credit report. An employer also could
Heidemann at the a 12-week period but not more than not inquire about or obtain a copy of an
request of the gov- 1,000 hours in a 50-week period and applicant or employee’s credit history.
ernor, a company would be paid at least the federal mini- LB530 provides an exemption for
eligible to apply mum wage. An intern also would have employment for which a satisfactory
for benefits as a to be enrolled full time in a two- or four- credit history is a bona fide occupa-
tier three project year Nebraska college, or a four-year tional requirement, including employ-
of the Nebraska Sen. lavon Heidemann college or university in another state if ment where:
Advantage Act could apply to the state he or she has Nebraska residency. • state or federal law requires an
Department of Economic Development A job training grant would be lim- individual to be bonded;
for job training grants to assist in hiring ited to the lesser of 40 percent of the • duties of the position include
interns for newly created positions. cost of the internship or $3,500. Train- signatory power over market-
Heidemann said the bill would ing grants in distressed areas would be able assets of $100 or more per
encourage Nebraska college students limited to the lesser of 60 percent of transaction;
to remain in the state upon gradua- the cost of the internship or $5,000. • the position is managerial and in-
tion by connecting them with targeted An eligible company would be lim- cludes control of the business; or
industries such as manufacturing, ited to two grants per intern and five job • the position meets either state
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or federal Department of Labor
criteria that requires a credit
“A medical situation can wipe away
a person’s [good] credit report through Education
history. no fault of their own,” Neary said.
Council said credit reports are used Jennifer Flynn of the Consumer Factors in education formula
by employers to identify productivity Data Industry Association testified in could be eliminated
and reliability in potential employees, opposition to both bills. Only about
confirm employment history and 15 percent of background checks The Education Committee heard
identify individuals with a propensity include a credit check, she said, and testimony Jan. 31 on a bill that would
for theft. But, she said, there are other those that do are for positions that eliminate certain factors from the state
means – often more reliable, and less employers believe require it. aid to education distribution formula.
potentially discriminatory – of assess- Applicants have an opportunity to LB364, introduced by Valentine Sen.
ing those factors. explain negative information on their Deb Fischer, would
“I question the validity of the use report, she said, and usually a report eliminate the teacher
of credit reports for those purposes,” provides a context of 20 years of an education allowance,
Council said, adding that no study individual’s financial life. instructional time al-
has found a predictive relationship “A credit report is not a snapshot,” lowance and student
between credit history and criminal Flynn said. “It’s absolutely the oppo- growth adjustment
activity. site. It’s your entire lifetime of credit.” from the Tax Equity
A bill sponsored by Fullerton Ron Sedlacek testified in opposi- and Educational Op- Sen. deb Fischer
Sen. Annette Dubas also would pro- tion to LB113 on behalf of the Ne- portunities Support Act (TEEOSA),
hibit discrimination based upon an braska Area Chamber of Commerce, which is projected to provide a savings
individual’s credit report. LB113 also saying the bill does not clarify what of about $24 million.
provides an exemption for situations constitutes a bona fide occupational Teacher education allowances were
where the information in a credit requirement for obtaining a credit created to provide additional resources
history or report relates to a bona check for an applicant or employee. for districts with an above average num-
fide occupational qualification for “What is the difference between a ber of teachers with graduate degrees,
employment. bank teller and a cashier at a grocery while instructional time allowances
Dubas said credit reports often do store?” he said. Both handle cash and were created for school districts with
not provide a reliable picture of an are audited, Sedlacek said, so it is un- above average instructional hours. The
individual’s character, adding that it clear whether an employer should be student growth adjustment was cre-
is common for reports to contain in- allowed to require a credit check for ated for districts that were estimating
accuracies that are difficult to rectify. one position and not the other. student growth to exceed 25 students,
John Rehm of the Nebraska As- Barbara Albers of the Nebraska or 1 percent, of the fall membership.
sociation of Trial Attorneys testified Equal Opportunity Commission “Education should be a priority of
in support of both bills, saying studies testified in a neutral capacity on government, but the [funding] method
have found no link between credit his- LB113, saying it likely would increase we use needs to be examined,” Fischer
tory and dishonesty in employment. the EOC’s caseload by 60-70 cases said. “Right now, we are providing in-
Lincoln attorney Kathleen Neary per year. The agency will lose two centives for allowances that all school
testified in support of LB113, say- investigators under current budget districts do not have the access to take
ing that employment tests that are recommendations, she said, resulting advantage of.”
not a reasonable predictor of job in possible delays in case resolution. The three components addressed
performance are discriminatory. Fur- The committee took no immediate in this bill primarily give aid to urban
thermore, she said, credit histories action on either bill. schools, Fischer said. Removing them
can be skewed by events beyond an would add equity to aid distribution,
individual’s control. she said, as small school districts often
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receive little or no state aid. meet 45 fewer legislative days each he said.
Jon Habben, executive director of biennium under a proposed consti- Lexington Sen. John Wightman
Nebraska Rural Community Schools tutional amendment heard by the expressed concerns about the redis-
Association, testified in support of the Legislature’s Executive Board Feb. 4. tricting process, which he said could
bill, saying there needs to be a sustain- LR5CA, introduced by Omaha require more than a 60-day session.
able formula that includes rural Ne- Sen. Bob Krist, Krist said the Legislature could
braska and its 60,000-70,000 students. would reduce the call a special session to accomplish
Mark Shepard, associate superin- maximum num- redistricting when needed.
tendent of business affairs for Lincoln ber of legislative No one testified in support of or in
Public Schools, testified in opposition days in odd-num- opposition to LR5CA, and the commit-
to the bill. bered years from tee took no immediate action on the
Over the past 20 years, Shepard 90 to 60 and cut proposed constitutional amendment.
said, TEOSSA has been changed and the maximum
Sen. Bob Krist
developed to meet individual school’s days in even-num- Biennial legislative sessions
needs. Eliminating factors from the bered years from 60 to 45. If approved proposed
formula would not reduce the state’s by 30 senators, LR5CA would be
obligation to schools, he said, but placed on the ballot for voter approval The Legislature would discontinue
would shift aid for districts that qualify during the 2012 general election. annual sessions and instead meet only in
to districts that do not. Krist said 150 legislative days in odd-numbered years under a proposed
“We could make the formula more a biennium is excessive for a citizen constitutional amendment heard by the
simple, but it would not be fair or legislature. Twenty states have legisla- Legislature’s Executive Board Feb. 4.
equitable,” he said. tures that meet for fewer days, he said, Annual sessions of the Legislature
Kevin Riley, superintendent of Gret- including Virginia — a state with 4.5 are set forth in the state constitution.
na Public Schools, also testified against times the population of Nebraska. Unless extended by a four-fifths vote
the bill, saying he opposes eliminating With fewer legislative days, Krist of the Legislature, sessions in odd-
the student growth adjustment factor. said, more meaningful and focused numbered years have a maximum
“There’s a misconception that legislation would be considered and length of 90 legislative days, while
school districts like ours have all of senators would be away from their jobs sessions in even-numbered years can
this money,” Riley said. “If you look at and families less. last up to 60 legislative days.
the general fund operating expenses, “With longer interims and the abil- LR44CA, introduced by Omaha
Gretna was in the bottom five in ity for us and our staff to investigate Sen. Pete Pirsch,
spending per student.” and research potential bills and their would eliminate
That is the case for all rapidly grow- impact on stakeholders, I think the end the 60-day sessions
ing school districts, he said. result will give us better legislation be- in even-numbered
The committee took no immediate ing produced and introduced,” he said. years. If approved
action on the bill. Krist said cutting a third of the by 30 senators,
legislative days would save between LR44CA would
$400,000 and $500,000. be sent to voters
Executive Board Appropriations Committee chair- for approval dur-
Sen. Pete Pirsch
person Sen. Lavon Heidemann ex- ing the 2012 general election.
Proposed constitutional pressed doubt that the state’s biennial Pirsch said LR44CA would increase
amendment would shorten budget could be crafted in a session the pool of candidates willing to run for
legislative sessions shorter than 90 days. legislative seats and provide cost savings
“I don’t know when we would have from reduced operational expenses.
The Nebraska Legislature would time to build a budget in 60 days,” Pirsch explained that Texas, a state of 24
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million people with a bicameral legisla- LB411, introduced by Wilber because entities that would otherwise
ture, is an example of a state where the Sen. Russ Karpisek, purchase an SDL opt for a catering
legislative body meets every other year. would raise the ap- permit to avoid the daily fee associated
“They encounter a plethora of plication fee for a with an SDL. Consequently, many
complex issues that probably surpasses special designated licensees with catering permits, such
— because of the vastness of their state liquor license (SDL) as local bars, are not actually involved
and population — those issues we from $40 to $75 in catering, he said.
encounter, and they do so with a two- and the fee for a ca- Rupe said the commission wants
body legislature instead of a simple tering liquor license Sen. russ Karpisek to ensure that those who apply for
unicameral,” Pirsch said. from $100 to $250. licenses will use their privileges profes-
Should the Legislature need to con- The increases are estimated to gener- sionally. In order to accomplish this,
vene in an even-numbered year, Pirsch ate $125,000 in revenue annually. he said, the fees associated with the
said, a special session could be called. An SDL permits a business or non- licenses must be appropriate.
The proposedconstitutional amend- profit to engage in the sale or consump- Since SDLs were created in 1983,
ment also would change the first day of tion of alcohol at a designated location. the fee has changed only once, Rupe
the session from the first Wednesday The SDL fee is collected daily, unless said, when it increased from $25 to
after the first Monday in January to the the SDL holder has a catering license, $40 in 2000.
first Wednesday in February. in which case the fee is paid annually. Kathy Siefken, executive director of
Pirsch said the selection of February Those with a retail liquor license, the Nebraska Grocery Industry Associa-
for session commencement was due craft brewery license, microdistillery li- tion, testified in opposition to the bill.
to the winter weather conditions that cense or farm winery license currently She said another bill currently under
senators often face in January. Driving may apply for a catering license, which consideration by the Legislature would
times for senators can double, he said, may be subject to a local occupation permit the commission to grant stan-
and important votes may be swayed due tax of up to double the fee’s cost. dard liquor license waivers to applicants
to a weather-caused absence. Karpisek said the intent of the bill within 300 feet of a university. That bill
“One or two absent or tardy sena- is to curb a rise in SDL applications. would do more to reduce the number
tors can change the results of commit- He said a fee increase would reflect of SDLs than a fee increase, she said.
tee votes,” Pirsch said, “and snow days the true value of an SDL and control Siefken said the increased fee costs
can make finding a quorum and re- administration costs. would be passed on to consumers.
ceiving 25 votes on occasion difficult.” Hobert Rupe, executive director of Furthermore, due to local occupation
No one testified in support of the Nebraska Liquor Control Com- taxes on catering licenses, the bill’s
or opposition to LR44CA, and the mission, testified in support of the increased fees could triple the cost of
committee took no immediate ac- bill. He said two main groups purchase catering licenses, she said.
tion on the proposed constitutional SDLs: retailers with a liquor license The professionalism of SDL holders
amendment. and nonprofits. However, 3,700 ap- already is checked by local governing
plications were processed last year in a boards, Siefken said, which must ap-
state that has only 4,200 retailers with prove an SDL application before it is
General Affairs liquor licenses, he said. issued by the commission.
“Right now, it seems that people are “[License applicants] are already
Increased fees for select getting SDLs just because they might very motivated to do things right the
liquor licenses considered want to have a fundraiser with alcohol,” first time, because they won’t get a
Rupe said. “There is not really a value second chance,” she said.
Fees charged for two liquor licenses attached to the license as it is.” Jim Partington, owner of Deer Spring
would be raised by a bill heard Jan. 31 The catering license is affected by Winery, also testified in opposition to
by the General Affairs Committee. the proliferation of SDLs, Rupe said, LB411. He said the bill essentially would
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be a tax increase on his small winery. Katt testified in support of the bill. He who has a practice agreement with
“The imposition of this kind of a said the current boundary can lead to a supervising physician may practice
fee is a pretty significant burden on us situations where property located within midwifery at the physician’s office or at a
in our attempt to grow and become Hamilton County can move to Merrick facility where he or she has been granted
profitable,” he said. County if it rains three inches. He also privileges, Fulton said. LB68 does not
The committee took no immediate said a fixed boundary would help coun- require hospitals to grant privileges to a
action on the bill. ties identify their portion of the river for CNM, he said, but would prevent hos-
the purpose of invasive species control. pitals from denying the right to practice
Jennifer Myers, representing the based solely on a CNM credential.
Government, Merrick County assessor’s office, also “Hospitals remain in control of
Military & testified in support of LB556. The
fixed boundary would not affect the
granting privileges,” he said.
Malcolm Sen. Ken Haar spoke in
Veterans Affairs ownership of property, she said, but support of the bill, saying it would
it would determine which entity taxes make access to midwives an option for
GPS would determine the property. more women in Nebraska.
Hamilton/Merrick county No one testified in opposition and “[Midwifery] has worked well for
border the committee took no immediate ac- centuries … and it’s working well for
tion on the bill. many states around the country,”
The Platte River would no longer be he said. “It’s a choice that I believe
used as the dividing line between Ham-
ilton and Merrick counties under a bill
Health & Human women should have.”
The bill advanced from general file
heard by the Government, Military and Services on a 40-0 vote.
Veterans Affairs Committee Feb. 3.
State law uses the middle of the Bill addressing clinical Changes to county mental
south channel of the Platte River to privileges for midwives health boards advances
define the border separating the two advances
counties. Senators advanced a bill Feb. 4
LB556, introduced by Fullerton Lawmakers advanced a bill to select designed to broaden the pool of pro-
Sen. Annette Dubas, would use GPS file Feb. 4 that would prevent denial fessionals eligible to serve on county
coordinates instead of privileges to individuals based solely mental health boards.
of the Platte River on their classification as certified LB111, sponsored by Grand Island
to draw the bound- nurse midwives. Sen. Mike Gloor,
ary line. LB68, introduced by Lincoln Sen. would remove a cur-
Dubas said the Tony Fulton, would rent requirement
current river bound- add certified nurse that one member
ary makes it dif- midwives (CNM) be a psychiatric
Sen. annette dubas social worker and
ficult to determine to the list of practi-
which county encompasses riverfront tioners who cannot add a position for
properties. be denied clinical a licensed indepen- Sen. mike gloor
“No river stays fixed and those privileges based on dent mental health practitioner.
points move and change constantly,” their credential by Sen. tony Fulton County mental health boards are
Dubas said, adding that GPS can pin- any hospital licensed under the Health charged with assessing the mental
point coordinates to solve this problem. Care Facility Licensure Act. health status of individuals placed in
Hamilton County surveyor Duane Currently, a certified nurse midwife emergency protective custody through
an affidavit from a mental health pro-
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fessional or by law enforcement.
Gloor said the suggested change in
just under $2 million over the next
two fiscal years, he said. Judiciary
LB111 would reflect recent develop- “Adding these [classes] would pro-
ments in licensure language for mental vide appropriate pharmaceutical care to Senators debate retailer
health professionals. The term psy- Medicaid recipients in a cost effective liability in meth prevention bill
chiatric social worker is outdated, he manner,” he said, adding that current
said, and the designation of licensed Medicaid patients would be grandfa- A statewide electronic tracking
independent mental health practitio- thered in and could remain on their system could be implemented for pur-
ner is relatively new. current drug regimens. In addition, he chases of methamphetamine precursor
“There are not enough behavioral said, exemptions could be provided for chemicals at the point of sale under a
health professionals in Nebraska,” new patients if a medical reason is given bill advanced from general file Feb. 3.
Gloor said. “LB111 is a recognition for using a non-preferred medication. Under LB20, introduced by Oma-
and accommodation of that.” Kerry Winterer, chief executive of- ha Sen. Beau McCoy, retailers would
A Health and Human Services ficer of HHS, testified in support of receive an imme-
Committee amendment clarifying the the bill, calling its passage “essential” diate web- based
category of social worker in relation to the governor’s budget. notification when
to county mental health boards was “These classes consist of mostly a person is attempt-
adopted on a 39-0 vote and LB111 brand name drug products,” he said, ing to purchase il-
advanced to select file 40-0. meaning that the savings from includ- legal amounts of
ing antidepressants, antipsychotics pseudoephedrine, a
Bill would expand preferred and anticonvulsants would be greater drug found in over Sen. Beau mcCoy
drug list than for other classes of drugs. the counter cold medications that is
Linda Jensen of the Nebraska an ingredient used in meth-making.
The Health and Human Services Nurses Association testified in opposi- The system automatically would
Committee heard testimony Feb. 4 on tion to the bill, saying the biochemical issue the seller a stop sale alert. Ac-
a bill that would expand the Nebraska variations between different antipsy- cess to the system would be provided
Medicaid Preferred Drug List. chotic drugs can greatly impact their by the National Association of Drug
LB466, introduced by Grand Island effect on patients. Diversion Investigators at no cost to
Sen. Mike Gloor on behalf of the “Finding the most helpful medica- the participating states or retailers.
governor, would add antidepressants, tion and dosage can take a lot of trial and McCoy said the bill is intended
antipsychotic and anticonvulsant thera- error,” she said. “People can recover, they to stop methamphetamine manufac-
peutic drug classes to the list, which was can get better and have productive lives, turers who purchase small amounts
established by the Legislature in 2008. but they have to have the right meds.” of pseudoephederine from several
Gloor said the list currently contains Dr. Cheryl Buda, an Omaha psy- locations in order to collect amounts
64 classes of drugs and a committee, in chiatrist, also testified in opposition, needed to produce meth.
conjunction with the state Department saying the bill could increase psychotic A Judiciary Committee amend-
of Health and Human Services, deter- episodes, incarcerations and hospital- ment would:
mines the best and most cost-effective izations as patients are transitioned • ensure that no claim or cause of
medications on the market for inclusion. between drugs in order to comply with action shall arise against a seller
The three classes included in a preferred drug list. solely based upon the electronic
LB466 were not included in the “Switching meds is probably the submission of information to
original legislation, Gloor said, but number one factor that leads my pa- the exchange;
the state’s current fiscal situation has tients to hospitalizations,” Buda said. • allow the retailer to store certain
led to a reconsideration of that deci- The committee took no immediate information obtained from the
sion. The bill would save Nebraska action on the bill. purchaser’s license or identifica-
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tion card in case it is needed by this language and take out the word already have occurred.
law enforcement; solely, there’s a potential conflict be- “Social work can be a dangerous pro-
• push the effective date of the tween the two statutes,” Ashford said. fession,” Howard said. “Social workers
criminal penalty to Jan. 2013; and The motion to recommit the bill should have as many tools as possible to
• revise some definitions in the was defeated 24-15. keep themselves and their clients safe.”
bill to match federal definitions. Lathrop withdrew his amendment, Terry Werner, executive director of
Omaha Sen. Scott Lautenbaugh saying that the interested parties the Nebraska chapter of the National
opposed the committee amendment, would work on the bill before the next Association of Social Workers, testi-
saying he preferred language in the round of debate. fied in support of the bill.
original bill that provided an exemp- The committee amendment was Increasing the assault charge to
tion from civil liability for retailers adopted 35-9 and the bill advanced a felony is important, Werner said,
acting in good faith. He proposed an from general file on a 30-0 vote. because it would deter agitated clients
amendment to the committee amend- who might otherwise become violent.
ment that would eliminate the word Penalties could be increased Requiring social workers to have
solely when referring to a claim or for assaults on social workers safety training also is needed, he said.
cause of action arising against a seller. Many people hired as social workers
Sen. Steve Lathrop of Omaha op- The Judiciary Committee heard have not received training on these
posed the Lautenbaugh amendment. testimony Feb. 4 on a bill that would issues, Werner said, because only a four-
“When we immunize someone, require more training for social workers year degree is required. The degree does
it sends the message that it is okay and licensed professionals and increase not have to be in social work, he added.
if you’re not careful,” Lathrop said. penalties for assaults against them. Mary Bahney, a licensed medical
“There needs to be a strong and com- LB402, introduced by Omaha Sen. social worker, also testified in sup-
pelling reason if we are going to give Gwen Howard, would require social port of the bill, saying she has worked
someone immunity.” workers who are li- with clients who have become upset.
Lautenbaugh said existing law al- censed, certified, Gaining information on how to deal
ready provides this immunity, so the employed by the with those situations through training
bill should reflect that. state Department of rather than trial and error would have
The Lautenbaugh amendment was Health and Human been helpful, she said.
adopted 30-17. Services or contrac- Brad Meurrens, public policy spe-
Lathrop proposed an amendment to tors of the depart- cialist for Nebraska Advocacy Services,
Sen. gwen Howard
the committee amendment that would ment to attend six testified in opposition to the bill, say-
have removed the language granting hours of one-time safety training. ing penalties for assaults are already
retailers’ exemption from liability. This bill also would increase the provided in law. What needs to be
Omaha Sen. Brad Ashford filed a penalty for assault on a social worker addressed is the root cause of the as-
motion to bracket LB20 until June 1, or licensed health care professional saults, he said, and that issue requires
saying the bill needed more work before from a Class I misdemeanor to a Class a more robust investigation.
moving forward. He later withdrew IV felony. The committee took no immediate
the bracket motion and filed a motion Social workers are insufficiently action on the bill.
to recommit the bill to the Judiciary trained in safety and often are not
Committee for further consideration. aware of potentially dangerous situ- Delinquent child support
Liability issues in the bill should not ations they could be entering into, obligors could be made public
be changed without the opportunity for Howard said. Seventy percent of front-
the committee to discuss it first, he said. line social workers report threats of The Judiciary Committee heard
“There is a blanket immunity sec- violence on the job, she said, and most testimony Feb. 3 on a bill intended
tion already in the law. If we change incidents are reported after injuries to improve compliance with child
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support orders. For some people, he said, public Sen. Lavon Heidemann, would place
LB488, introduced by Omaha Sen. scrutiny is enough to make them act. a proposed consti-
Jeremy Nordquist, would require the Lori Tworek, a custodial parent tutional amend-
state treasurer to seeking child support, testified in sup- ment on the 2012
publish a listof port of the bill. general election
delinquent child The proposed website would tell ballot that would
support obligors parents who are delinquent in pay- alter distribution
provided by the ing child support that “enough is of the 44.5 per-
state Department enough,” Tworek said, and that it is cent currently al- Sen. lavon Heidemann
of Health and time to take responsibility. located to the environmental trust.
Sen. Jeremy nordquist
Human Services. “Non-custodial parents are getting If approved by voters, 22.25 percent
An obligor would be included on off too easy and the state needs to take of that total would be transferred to
the list if his or her delinquent court- a tougher stance,” she said. the Water Resources Cash Fund and
ordered child support exceeds $5,000 Crystal Rhoades, also a custodial 22.25 percent to the University of
or no child support payments were parent seeking child support, provided Nebraska Board of Regents to support
made in the six months immediately neutral testimony. She said $25 bil- Nebraska Innovation Campus. Begin-
preceding publication. The custodial lion in child support goes uncollected ning in 2039, the funds would be
parent must have signed a confiden- nationwide each year. transferred to the state’s general fund.
tiality waiver allowing certain case “Parents would be less likely to Heidemann said he introduced the
information to be made public. default if they knew that the public measure because funding the state’s
The obligor would not be included was going to see they were being ir- water obligations and creating jobs are
on the list if involved in bankruptcy pro- responsible,” she said. two of Nebraska’s greatest concerns.
ceedings or receiving public assistance. The committee took no immediate The resolution would allow voters a
Under the bill, the list published action on the bill. voice in funding decisions in a new fis-
would include the: cal environment, he said, noting that
• name of the child support the current method of distribution
obligor; Natural Resources was established in 2004, prior to the
• amount of child support owed, current economic downturn.
including interest; Diversion of environmental “It’s going to give the people of the
• time period of delinquency; trust fund dollars proposed state of Nebraska the ability to choose
• most recent city of residence of priorities,” Heidemann said.
the obligor; and The Natural Resources Committee Carl Sousek of the Nebraska Corn
• contact information for HHS to heard testimony Feb. 2 on a proposed Growers Association testified in sup-
disclose information that may constitutional amendment that would port of the measure, saying Nebraska
assist in locating the delinquent alter the distribution of state lottery has legal obligations in relation to
child support obligors. revenue. water issues that require substantial
The bill also would require a child Currently, 44.5 percent of lottery long-term expenditures.
support obligor to reimburse the child money remaining after an initial “These obligations have created a
support payee should an annual fee be transfer to the Compulsive Gamblers funding priority which must be ad-
assessed to the payee of child support. Assistance Fund and payment of prizes dressed,” Sousek said.
The bill would have an estimated one- and operating expenses is transferred Opposition testimony focused on the
time cost of $262,000. to the Nebraska Environmental Trust work of the Nebraska Environmental
“This is only meant to target those Fund, to be used as provided for in the Trust Fund and whether lottery distribu-
who are intentionally violating a sup- Nebraska Environmental Trust Act. tion should be put before voters again.
port order,” Nordquist said. LR51CA, introduced by Elk Creek Mark Brohman, executive director
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of the Nebraska Environmental Trust, ing funds from another state agency,” phase out motor vehicle registration
testified in opposition to the resolution, he said. fees on Jan. 1, 2013, for those living in
saying the trust plays an important role The committee took no immediate the extraterritorial zoning jurisdictions
in bringing federal and other dollars to action on the proposal. of cities and villages. Cornett said the
Nebraska for environmental projects. amendment would give Omaha time
“Almost every dollar we put on the to budget for the loss of the wheel tax
ground is matched,” he said, adding Revenue revenue it has received since 2006 from
that many of the 1,200 projects funded those within its extraterritorial zoning
last year received federal grants that Bill restricting city wheel taxes jurisdiction, which is a 3-mile extension
could not have been obtained without advanced of Omaha city limits.
a source of local matching dollars. Cornett called her amendment a
Lynn Moorer of the Friends of Wil- Out-of-town commuters would not workable compromise in which non-
derness Park also opposed the measure. be charged municipal motor vehicle resident motor vehicle registration fees
The trust has distributed $157 million registration fees — also known as wheel can be discontinued without straining
in grants since it was established, she taxes — under a bill advanced from the city of Omaha’s budget.
said, which translates to $470 million general file Feb. 1. “We compromised by taking away
of investment in the state’s economy Lawmakers began general file de- half of the money [Omaha] budgeted
when matching funds are included. bate this week with LB81, introduced for [nonresident wheel tax revenues] …
“That’s a lot of jobs,” Moorer by Bellevue Sen. Ab- and giving them a year to transition,”
said. “These projects are certainly as bie Cornett, which Cornett said. “We are not allowing
important for Nebraska’s future as the wo u l d p ro h i b i t them past Jan. 1, 2013, to tax in their
innovation campus.” metropolitan class extraterritorial zoning jurisdiction.”
Ken Winston of the Nebraska chap- cities from levying Omaha Sen. Brad Ashford said
ter of the Sierra Club questioned the a motor vehicle the Cornett amendment was needed
wisdom of placing funding for a specific registration fee on to avoid putting Omaha’s budget in
program in the state constitution, say- nonresidents. Cit- Sen. abbie Cornett jeopardy. While the bill as amended
ing it would make it difficult to adapt to ies and villages also would reduce city revenues by $2.9
future funding needs. In addition, he would be prohibited from levying a tax million, he said, it would be better
said, part of the reason voters approved on nonresident motor vehicles. than the $5.9 million the city would
the state lottery was because proceeds Discussion of the bill centered on lose if the extraterritorial zoning juris-
would benefit the environmental trust. an ordinance enacted by the city of diction taxing authority were revoked
“This would overturn a mandate of Omaha in 2010. The ordinance re- immediately.
the people,” Winston said. “Once the quires an individual to pay a $50 fee if Omaha Sen. Beau McCoy spoke in
people have made a decision, it seems a vehicle is used more than 30 times a support of LB81 but in opposition to
questionable to keep going back and year to travel to a place of work within Cornett’s amendment, saying it could
asking the same question over and Omaha. The fee is collected by employ- create winners and losers among non-
over again.” ers and — after subtracting 4 percent residents who are paying motor vehicle
Ron Withem of the University of for processing — remitted to the city. registration fees. If state tax policy is
Nebraska testified in a neutral capacity, As introduced, the bill would unfair for one segment of society, he
saying that while innovation campus have limited municipal licenses or said, it should not stand.
could benefit from the funds, the uni- occupation taxes to businesses and Omaha Sen. Bob Krist also voiced
versity could not support the measure. individuals living within city limits. concerns regarding the delayed action
“We decided that we could not This provision was removed by an on extraterritorial zoning jurisdiction
support funding this program by tak- amendment offered by Cornett. taxing. Sanitary and improvement
The Cornett amendment also would
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districts (SIDs) in the metro area are Fischer said the Legislature should Iowa has aggregate wireless taxes and
included within the extraterritorial define occupation taxes so that munici- fees of 11.55 percent, but the state has
zoning jurisdiction and are taxed by palities do not have to devise means for higher income tax rates than Nebraska.
local governing boards that are not taxing telecommunications services. “You have to look at all taxes before
elected by those taxpayers, he said. “The Legislature … needs to decide you determine that one particular tax
“Taxation without representation what an occupation tax includes, not is higher than all the rest and therefore
has a name, and it’s called an SID,” each municipality,” Fischer said. is making Nebraska not competitive,”
Krist said. The bill also would prohibit the she said.
The Cornett amendment was ad- application of telecommunications Many proponents of LB165 com-
opted 28-11, and LB81 was advanced occupation taxes to total receipts for plained about a city of Lincoln tax that
from general file 43-0. the purpose of sales tax computation. applies to both telecommunications
Fischer called the application of sales services and equipment.
Proposal to cap and phase tax to telecommunications occupation Lyle Williamson, representing Veri-
out telecommunications taxes a “tax on a tax.” zon Wireless, testified in support of the
occupation tax considered Fischer said Nebraska was ranked by bill, saying Lincoln’s imposition of the
the Committee on State Taxation as the tax on equipment is discriminatory and
A bill that would phase out the abil- state with the highest taxes and fees on similar taxes could spread to other cities.
ity of municipalities to impose an oc- wireless phone services, with a rate of “We hope over time we can work with
cupation tax on telecommunications more than 18 percent. She listed taxes cities in a way that allows them to have
services was heard by the Revenue applied to a sample phone bill, which sustainable revenues with a nondiscrimi-
Committee Feb. 4. included state sales tax, local sales tax, natory tax method,” Williamson said.
LB165, introduced by Valentine city business and occupation tax, E911 Windstream vice president of gov-
Sen. Deb Fischer, fee, relay system fee, state universal ernment affairs Steve Meradith also
wo u l d p ro h i b i t service fund and federal universal fund. testified in support of the bill. He said
any municipality Other taxes, such as corporate in- the voter approval provision of the bill
from imposing a come taxes, are imposed on businesses would require cities to justify why the
new telecommuni- and considered a cost of business, said creation of or increase in telecommu-
cations occupation Pam Spaccarotella, finance director nications occupation taxes is justified.
tax or increasing for the city of Omaha. The difference Bill Mueller, representing AT&T
the rate of the tax Sen. deb Fischer between such taxes and the telecom- and Viaero in favor of the bill, said
unless voters approve such increases. munications occupation tax is that the the Legislature should define limits for
The bill would cap telecommunica- latter is itemized on receipts, she said, occupation taxes so localities accept a
tions occupation taxes beginning on which gives some the impression that standard tax. The same process works
Jan. 1, 2012 at 6 percent with the rate it is a tax on a tax. with sales tax, he said, where localities
decreasing by 1 percent annually until “Simply because the telecommu- can adopt a local option sales tax but
it is eliminated on Dec. 1, 2017. nications occupation tax is separately its rate is defined and its exemptions
There is currently no limitation stated [on billing receipts] does not are delineated in state law.
on telecommunications occupation make that a tax on a tax,” she said. Randy Gates, finance officer for the
taxes, Fischer said, and their rates The estimated fiscal impact of LB165 city of Norfolk, testified in opposition
vary from 1.5 percent to 6.25 percent is approximately $2.4 million annually, to LB165, saying the city’s telecom-
in municipalities across the state. The due to the current practice by which munications tax generates $320,000,
application of the tax also differs from sales tax is applied to occupation taxes. which would require a 2.86-cent hike
city to city, she said, as some commu- Spaccarotella said the tax ranking in their property tax levy rate to offset
nities tax only landlines and others cited by Fischer does not take into ac- those losses. Combined with a poten-
include cell phones. count all taxes. For instance, she said, tial reduction in state aid resulting from
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a bill advanced by the Revenue Com- LB527, introduced by Holdrege prevent a fully appropriated declara-
mittee, Gates said, the city could see a Sen. Tom Carlson, tion, he said, and funding is needed
$500,000 decrease in funds. would expand this to administer these activities.
Sidney city manager Gary Person taxing authority to John Miyoshi, general manager of
said the city uses its telecommunications NRDs with basins the Lower Platte North NRD, testified
occupation tax to support their E911 transitioning away in support of LB527, saying NRDs
communications center. Taking away from a fully appro- could use the taxing authority to fund
the telecommunications occupation tax priated status. The the development of voluntary integrated
would add an additional burden on the bill also would de- Sen. tom Carlson management plans, which were autho-
the city, he said, which already has re- lay the sunset date five years. rized by legislation enacted last session.
sorted to wage freezes, health insurance LB528, also introduced by Carlson, “The only method to keep us from
benefit cuts, attrition and police staffing would not expand eligibility for the fully appropriated [status] is to be
reductions of 20 percent. taxing authority but would extend the proactive and use this planning tool,”
Rick Hoppe, chief of staff to Lincoln sunset date six years. Miyoshi said.
Mayor Chris Beutler and an opponent The state is not in a position to Ron Bishop, general manager of the
of the bill, said the city’s telecommuni- provide additional funding for water Central Platte NRD, testified in support
cations occupation tax generates $7.8 management needs, Carlson said, and of LB528. Between 35 and 40 percent of
million. Up to this point, the city has NRDs in areas that are fully appropriated, the state is declared fully appropriated or
been able to avoid cuts to public safety, overappropriated or transitioning from overappropriated, he said, and a similar
he said, but that could change with the fully appropriated need revenue to ensure percentage is close to a fully appropri-
revocation of this tax. their situation does not deteriorate. ated designation. The sunset date for the
The committee took no immediate “We need to allow local entities 3-cent levy must be extended, he said, in
action on the bill. to have the ability to come up with order for the state to address its water
the dollars to take care of their chal- needs, especially pertaining to interstate
Extension of special NRD lenges,” Carlson said. compacts and agreements.
property tax authority Dennis Schueth, general manager of “In order for NRDs to remain
considered the Upper Elkhorn NRD, testified in meaningful partners with the state
support of both bills. Many NRDs have and to continue to financially help
Select natural resources districts taken on more responsibility in manag- meet the needs of the commitments
could retain special property tax au- ing and studying ground water, he said, of the compacts and agreements … it is
thority under a pair of bills considered and such efforts require funding that imperative that you extend the sunset
by the Revenue Committee Feb. 2. the state currently cannot provide. Fur- on the 3-cent levy,” Bishop said.
Current law allows NRDs in overap- thermore, legislation introduced that No one testified in opposition and
propriated or fully appropriated basins would cut state aid to NRDs, redirect the committee took no immediate ac-
to levy an additional property tax of funds from the Nebraska Environmen- tion on either bill.
up to three cents per $100 of taxable tal Trust Fund and reduce funding
value. Revenues must be used for costs to the state Department of Natural
of administering and implementing Resources could put additional strains Transportation &
ground water management activities and on NRDs, Schueth said. Telecommunications
integrated management activities under He supported expanding the taxing
the Nebraska Ground Water Manage- authority to NRDs that are transition- Update for online driver’s
ment and Protection Act that exceed the ing out of a fully appropriated status. license renewals passed
amount budgeted for such activities in State law requires NRDs that are back-
fiscal year 2005-06. This taxing authority ing out of a fully appropriated status A bill expanding online driver’s
has a sunset date of FY2011-12. to develop rules and regulations to license renewals received final reading
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approval Feb. 4. by their physician for verification purpos- State sales and use tax revenue
LB158, introduced by Valentine Sen. es and then processed by the department. could fund highway bonds
Deb Fischer, expands LB163, introduced by Valentine Sen.
the upper age limit Deb Fischer, would require the state De- The Transportation and Tele-
for online driver’s partment of Motor Vehicles to establish communications Committee heard
license renewals and by Jan. 1, 2013, an electronic system for testimony Feb. 1 on a resolution that
provides opportuni- processing applications for handicapped would expand the use of state sales
ties for younger driv- or disabled parking permits. Under the and use tax revenue.
ers to obtain new bill, renewals for handicapped parking LR3CA, introduced by Valentine
licenses online. Sen. deb Fischer permits could be made within 180 days Sen. Deb Fischer, would allow state
Prior law permitted individuals of their expiration, instead of the 30-day sales and use tax revenue to be applied
aged 21 to 65 with digital signatures limit imposed by current law. to the payment of highway bonds. Cur-
and photos on file with the state De- “[LB163] will make the handi- rently, highway bonds can be repaid
partment of Motor Vehicles to renew capped parking permit application only with state revenue that is directly
their class O driver’s licenses or class process much easier for the individual related to highways.
M motorcyclist licenses online. and streamline the process internally The resolution was introduced in
LB158 extends this age range to at the DMV, resulting in cost savings conjunction with LB84, also intro-
72 and permits persons under 21 who to the state and more efficient use of duced by Fischer, which is a major
have completed all required examina- state resources,” Fischer said. highway funding proposal that would
tions to apply for their operator’s The bill also would extend the include the use of highway bonds.
licenses electronically using rules renewal period for permanent handi- The bonds would be paid off with
prescribed by the DMV. capped parking permits from three state sales tax revenue, Fischer said,
The bill also prohibits those who fail years to six years and change a provi- and currently the state constitution
a driving test three times for a class O sion of law that prohibits a person prohibits such a process. In order for
driver’s license or class M motorcyclist from holding more than one permit bonding to be included in the bill, the
license from retaking the test until they tag to allow up to two tags. resolution must be passed, she said.
complete a driver’s safety course or hold The extension to six years would Dacia Kruse, director of public
a learner’s permit for at least 90 days. mirror the recertification period for policy and state issues for the Greater
This is a change from prior law, which handicap parking plates, Fischer said, Omaha Chamber, testified in support
required completion of a driver’s safety and the provision authorizing a second of LR3CA, saying there needs to be a
course after six failed attempts. tag is meant to accommodate travelers. tool to help fund roads in the state.
LB158 was approved 49-0. Finally, the bill would call for an It would be great if the state could
additional medical certification if a maintain a pay as you go system, Kruse
Proposal for online permit holder requests more than two said, but that system is not keeping up
handicapped parking permit replacement tags in a six-year period. with road maintenance needs.
applications advanced LB163 was advanced from general “Responsible bonding is one mech-
file 30-0, as was its accompanying ap- anism that would fix that problem,”
A trip to the county courthouse propriation bill. she said.
would no longer be necessary to apply The appropriation bill was needed Jackie McCullough, executive direc-
for a handicap parking permit under a to fund one-time setup costs of tor of the American Council of Engi-
bill receiving general file approval Feb. 4. $38,000 to be incurred by the DMV neering Companies of Nebraska, also
Current law requires handicapped to design and implement the online testified in support of the resolution.
permit applicants to collect from their application system, Fischer said, but There are few user fees to support
county office or the state Department of ongoing savings of the new system roads, McCullough said, so bonding
Motor Vehicles a form that is completed are expected to be $45,000 annually. is an important part of the solution to
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help fund road and highway projects. for a handicapped parking infraction. and $500 for any subsequent offenses
“The funding of our roadways has LB438, sponsored by Omaha within a one-year period.
diminished and unfortunately the Sen. Gwen How- Under the bill, a judge could choose
needs have not diminished,” she said. ard, would remove to fine an individual under the previous
The committee took no immediate the current maxi- guidelines, Howard said, but providing
action on the resolution. mum fines for a judges the discretion to increase fines
first, second and could deter individuals who continu-
third offense and ally violate handicapped-parking laws.
Urban Affairs specify that a fine “All too often, a space is unavailable
Sen. gwen Howard
of not more than to a handicapped person who actu-
Bill would increase maximum $1,000 be imposed on an individual ally needs it,” she said. “The fine may
handicapped parking fine found guilty of a handicapped parking sound steep, but when you break the
infraction. law there should be consequences.”
The Urban Affairs Committee heard Currently, the maximum fine is No testimony was given and the
testimony Feb. 1 on a bill that would $150 for a first offense, $300 for a sec- committee took no immediate action
increase to $1,000 the maximum fine ond offense within a one-year period on the bill. g
redistricting is a process undertaken by the nebraska the following entites will be affected by redistricting:
Unicameral once every ten years, led by the work of a
special legislative committee. • U.S. House of representatives
• nebraska legislature
the legislature is responsible for redrawing govern- • State Board of education
mental boundaries after each decennial census. this • University of nebraska Board of regents
year, population data from the 2010 census will be • nebraska Supreme Court
used to draw district lines that ensure fair and equal • Public Service Commission
representation for nebraska citizens.
Current legislative district boundaries Redistricting Committee members:
Boyd Sen. Chris langemeier
40 Knox Cedar Dixon (Chairperson)
Sioux Sheridan Cherry Holt
Brown Rock 17Dakota
Sen. annette dubas (VC)
Box Butte Pierce Wayne Thurston
41 19 16
3 - 14, 18,
Sen. Bill avery
Scotts Bluff Grant Hooker Loup Madison Stanton Cuming Burt
Thomas Garfield Wheeler
20, 31, Sen. danielle Conrad
22 Colfax 15 Washington (See Omaha map)
Dodge 39, 45
McPherson Logan Valley Greeley Platte #
Sen. deb Fischer
Sen. Scott lautenbaugh
Kimball Cheyenne Butler
Keith Sherman Howard Merrick Polk Sarpy
Lincoln 34 21 25 2
Sen. Heath mello
Lancaster 1 Otoe
Phelps Kearney Adams Clay Fillmore Saline Sen. Jeremy nelson
Dundy Hitchcock Red Willow Furnas Harlan
Franklin Webster Nuckolls
Sen. Ken Schilz
35 26 - 29, 46
(See Lincoln map)
(See Grand Island map)
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MEET THE SENATOR
State Capitol is Bloomfield’s latest stop on the road
ave Bloomfield has not yet
become accustomed to be-
ing called senator.
“It’s a title I don’t use a lot,”
He was appointed by the gover-
nor in December 2010 to fill the
legislative seat for district 17, and
he’s still getting used to the idea of
it. Bloomfield said he understands
that the title goes along with the ter-
ritory, then paused and said, “Just
call me Dave.”
Bloomfield grew up on a small
farm in Dakota County and later
became a truck driver and farmer.
He noted that one of the more in-
teresting things to happen in his life
was his father’s death when Dave
was only 8 years old.
But Bloomfield doesn’t view Sen. Bloomfield (right) visits his son, mark, who was training in mississippi last fall prior to his
losing his father at a young age as
an event that adversely shaped his And of all the items on his list of things he’d like to
life. He believes things happen in life and you deal with accomplish at the Legislature, that might be one of the
it and move on. easier ones.
Which is exactly what his mother did by raising four One thing that became apparent to Bloomfield in his
children alone on the farm. years traveling as a truck driver is that Nebraska has to
Edna Bloomfield, who was awarded Ak-Sar-Ben’s find a way to promote economic growth. He added that
Mother of the Year, was actively involved in politics. While Nebraska has the most energetic work force in the country,
she didn’t try to shape her children’s political beliefs, he but its young people are leaving the state.
said, she did make sure her children were informed. “We need to let the people outside of Nebraska know
Usually when people are informed about what’s going what’s here,” he said.
on, Bloomfield said, they form an interest in politics. Bloomfield noted that he may tend to be a bit “bull-
And that he did. headed” and said he does not change his mind easily.
Bloomfield went on to serve in Vietnam. He was But he is still open to learning. As a new member of the
not the first in his family to serve in the U.S. Mili- Legislature, Bloomfield said he plans to follow some advice
tary, nor was he the last. His brother, father and he’s received from his colleagues: step back and observe.
great-grandfather all served and Bloomfield’s young- A resident of rural Hoskins, Bloomfield has four chil-
est son, Mark, 27, currently is serving in Afghanistan. dren: Christina Mundil, Charles Bloomfield, Beth Brader
Given this family tradition, Bloomfield has made it one and Mark Bloomfield. The senator and his wife, Dee
of his personal goals this session to contact, through his Boeckenhauer, also enjoy nine grandchildren. g
office, all those in his district who are actively serving.
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Monday, February 7 lB455 (Pahls) repeal the Venture Capi- lB299 (Karpisek) Change horseracing
Appropriations tal network act provisions to authorize contracts for
Room 1003 - 1:30 p.m. live race meetings and change licens-
Budget bills introduced for the Governor Business & Labor ing requirements
are scheduled at this time for official Room 1524 - 1:30 p.m. lB490 (Karpisek) Change restrictions
record purposes. lB397 (lathrop) redefine a term in the on keno
Testimony on the overall budget is ap- industrial relations act lB681 (Karpisek) Provide for distribu-
propriate, however testimony on specific lB482 (Utter) Change provisions gov- tion of a portion of keno tax proceeds
issues and/or state agencies should be erning industrial disputes involving mu- for thoroughbred horseracing purses
presented at the date and time sched- nicipal corporations under the industrial
uled for the relevant agency relations act Transportation & Telecommunica-
lB373 (Flood) Provide for deficit ap- lB555 (Harms) eliminate Special mas- tions
propriations ters and other provisions of the State Room 1113 - 1:30 p.m.
lB374 (Flood) appropriate funds for employees Collective Bargaining act lB257 (Fischer) remove a filing
state government expenses lB564 (Fulton) Change and eliminate requirement for telecommunications
lB375 (Flood) appropriate funds for provisions of the industrial relations companies
salaries of members of the legislature act and the State employees Collective lB217 (Fischer) Change the telecom-
lB376 (Flood) appropriate funds for Bargaining act munication relay System act
salaries of constitutional officers lB623 (lautenbaugh) Change effect lB220 (Fischer) Change appeal proce-
lB377 (Flood) appropriate funds for of industrial relation act petitions and dures of the Public Service Commission
capital construction provide provisions for counties encom- lB418 (nelson) exclude certain auto-
lB378 (Flood) Provide for fund trans- passing a city of the metropolitan class matic dialing-announcing devices from
fers and change provisions relating to lB624 (lautenbaugh) Change bargain- registration
various funds ing unit provisions of the State employ- lB484 (Hadley) exclude certain activi-
lB379 (Flood) transfer funds from the ees Collective Bargaining act ties from the definition of excavation
Cash reserve Fund lB619 (larson) remove school under the One-Call notification System
lB380 (Flood) Change provisions relat- districts, learning communities, and act
ing to depreciation charges relating to educational service units from the
state buildings industrial relations act Tuesday, February 8
lB131 (Heidemann) Change provisions lB664 (nelson) repeal the industrial Agriculture
relating to the Cash reserve Fund relations act and the State employees Room 1524 - 1:30 p.m.
Collective Bargaining act and prohibit lB427 (Cornett) Provide enhanced
Banking, Commerce & Insurance public collective bargaining and work requirements for commercial dog
Room 1507 - 1:30 p.m. stoppage breeders
lB387 (Hadley) adopt the Business lr29Ca (nelson) Constitutional lB305 (larson) implement a state meat
innovation act and eliminate economic amendment to prohibit government and poultry inspection program
development programs from engaging in collective bargaining lB306 (larson) require certain entities
lB388 (Wightman) adopt the Site and to provide care and shelter to equine
Building development act and change Education animals
provisions relating to the affordable Room 1525 - 1:30 p.m.
Housing trust Fund lB657 (Janssen) Change and eliminate Banking, Commerce & Insurance
lB404 (Pirsch) Change reporting provi- postsecondary education student resi- Room 1507 - 1:30 p.m.
sions relating to the department of dency provisions lB205 (mello) Create the next genera-
economic development lB637 (adams) adopt the Postsecond- tion nebraska Commission within the
lB434 (Pahls) terminate the Business ary institution act and change provi- department of economic development
development Partnership act and sions relating to the Coordinating Com- lB345 (Conrad) adopt the economic
change funding mission for Postsecondary education gardening technical assistance act
lB448 (Pahls) Change funding for the lB372 (adams) Change provisions lB684 (Schilz) Change provisions relat-
nebraska Visitors development act relating to postsecondary course and ing to an advisory committee for travel
lB453 (Pahls) eliminate the tourist program offerings and tourism
Promotion Fund lB551 (Schilz) Change the Burial Pre-
lB454 (Pahls) eliminate obsolete provi- General Affairs need Sale act
sions relating to certain property con- Room 1510 - 1:30 p.m. lB424 (lautenbaugh) Change bond
trolled by the department of economic lB524 (mcgill) authorize credit unions liability provisions under the nebraska
development to conduct savings promotion raffles educational Finance authority act
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Education Wednesday, February 9 financial responsibility from persons
Room 1525 - 1:30 p.m. Government, Military & Veterans operating pipelines
lB313 (nordquist) adopt the tobacco- Affairs lB629 (Sullivan) adopt the Hazard-
Free Schools act and change school Room 1507 - 1:30 p.m. ous liquid Pipeline reclamation and
accreditation provisions lB198 (mello) Change provisions relat- recovery act
lB149 (avery) adopt the Blind Persons ing to the purchase or lease of state-
literacy rights and education act owned passenger cars Revenue
lB192 (Council) require school lB338 (Howard) Provide preference Room 1524 - 1:30 p.m.
districts to offer instruction in sexual requirements for state service and per- lB318 (Cornett) redefine qualified
health education sonal property contracts claimant for homestead exemption
lB204 (Council) require blood-lead lB343 (Brasch) Change land surveyor purposes
testing prior to enrollment in school registration requirements lB319 (Cornett) Change reimburse-
lB480 (Krist) Provide for agreements ment for homestead exemptions
Nebraska Retirement Systems relating to public building commissions lB320 (Cornett) Change homestead
Room 1525 - 12:10 p.m. exemption income limitations
lB486 (louden) Change provisions Health & Human Services lB321 (Cornett) Change calculations
relating to compensation and contri- Room 1510 - 1:30 p.m. relating to homestead exemptions
butions under the School employees lB662 (Cook) Provide for a demonstra-
retirement act tion project regarding bundling pay- Thursday, February 10
lB509 (nebraska retirement Systems) ments under the medical assistance act Executive Board
Change provisions relating to retire- lB539 (Health & Human Services) re- Room 2102 - 12:00 p.m.
ment quire a medicaid state plan amendment lB611 (Pirsch) Provide for a biennial
or waiver relating to adult emergency review of state agencies by legislative
Transportation & Telecommunications room visits committees
Room 1113 - 1:30 p.m. lB540 (Health & Human Services) lB617 (mello) Create the administra-
lB250 (transportation & telecommuni- require a medicaid waiver relating to tive rules review Committee of the
cations) exempt limousine service from family planning services legislature
Public Service Commission regulation lB541 (Health & Human Services)
lB255 (transportation & telecommu- Provide for third-party contracts to Government, Military & Veterans
nications) eliminate investigation and promote medicaid integrity and cost Affairs
regulation duties of the Public Service containment Room 1507 - 1:30 p.m.
Commission relating to railroads lB443 (avery) increase certain fees as-
lB259 (Fischer) Change provisions Judiciary sessed by the State Fire marshal
relating to railroads Room 1113 - 1:30 p.m. lB577 (Wightman) Provide an applica-
lB295 (lathrop) Provide a complaint lB80 (mcgill) Change nebraska Juve- tion fee for a structure building permit is-
procedure with the Public Service nile Code provisions relating to juvenile sued by the department of aeronautics
Commission regarding towing and stor- care plans lB337 (Fulton) Change timeframes for
age fees lB598 (Fulton) Change timing of certain audits by the auditor of Public accounts
foster care permanency hearings lB425 (lautenbaugh) Change provi-
Urban Affairs lB648 (Christensen) Change provisions sions relating to real estate tracts and
1510 - 1:30 p.m. relating to notice for foster care reviews the designation of industrial areas
lB417 (Wallman) Change the Civil Ser- and hearings
vice act to extend probationary service lB649 (Christensen) require the Judi- Health & Human Services
for firefighters ciary Committee to develop legislative Room 1510 - 1:30 p.m.
lB121 (avery) eliminate provisions recommendations for guardians ad lB125 (avery) Create the Children’s
relating to the State Fire marshal from litem for children and youth Health advisory Committee
the Volunteer emergency responders lB339 (ashford) Change nebraska lB663 (nordquist) Provide for a cat-
recruitment and retention act Juvenile Code predisposition evaluation egorical eligibility policy relating to the
lB437 (Urban affairs) Change state procedures Supplemental nutrition assistance
building code provisions Program
lB546 (gloor) Change provisions Natural Resources lB543 (Cook) Provide for a state out-
relating to adoption of the international Room 1525 - 1:30 p.m. reach plan relating to the Supplemental
residential Code lB340 (dubas) adopt the Hazardous nutrition assistance Program
liquid Pipeline notification act lB267 (Howard) require application for
lB578 (K. Haar) require proof of a waiver to limit the types of beverages
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which may be purchased with Supple- lB479 (lathrop) authorize a minor to appointment: Jackson, diane - State
mental nutrition assistance Program give consent to evidence collection and Board of Health
benefits examination and treatment in cases of appointment: reamer, roger - State
lB237 (Howard) Provide for creation of sexual assault Board of Health
a prescription drug monitoring program appointment: Fattig, martin - rural
Natural Resources Health advisory Commission
Judiciary Room 1525 - 1:30 p.m. appointment: Frey, Zachary - rural
Room 1113 - 1:30 p.m. lB64 (Cornett) Change provisions relat- Health advisory Commission
lB258 (Krist) Provide that entry onto ing to wildlife in captivity appointment: Vandegrift, Sharon -
land by land surveyor is not criminal lB248 (dubas) Change provisions rural Health advisory Commission
trespass relating to burning permits and range- appointment: Staab, Susan - Foster
lB552 (nordquist) Prohibit imperson- management burning Care review Board
ation by electronic means and provide lB442 (avery) adopt the Outdoor Out-
penalties fitters and guides licensure act Judiciary
lB415 (Wallman) Change provisions Room 1113 - 1:30 p.m.
relating to contraband in a detention Revenue lB451 (ashford) Change court fees,
facility or providing an inmate with Room 1524 - 1:30 p.m. procedures, offices, and judgeships
contraband lB84 (Fischer) adopt the Build ne- lB351 (lautenbaugh) Change court pro-
lB469 (Karpisek) Prohibit retail sale of braska act and authorize bonds for the cedure relating to substitution of parties
novelty lighters and provide a penalty highway system lB475 (lautenbaugh) Change garnish-
lB429 (Cornett) Change motor fuel tax ment provisions to include indepen-
collection commissions dent contractors providing services to
lB504 (Campbell) Change motor fuel government entities
tax rates lB476 (lautenbaugh) Change civil pro-
Search for Bills lB505 (Karpisek) Change motor vehicle
taxes and distribution of proceeds
cedure service and return of summons
lB644 (lautenbaugh) Change provi-
learn more about bills considered sions applicable to attorney licensure
Friday, February 11
by the Unicameral by logging on Government, Military & Veterans requirements
to www.nebraskalegislature.gov. Affairs
Room 1507 - 1:30 p.m. Natural Resources
the legislature’s website offers appointment: Hofbauer, tim - State Room 1525 - 1:30 p.m.
a bill search on the upper-right emergency response Commission lB155 (Utter) Change sealed bid re-
appointment: Hansen, Keith - State quirements relating to electric generat-
portion of the home page. entering
emergency response Commission ing facility contracts
a bill number will retrieve the bill’s lB156 (Utter) Change air pollution
text, fiscal note, statement of appointment: tessman, Brian - State
Personnel Board emission fee provisions
intent, transcripts and more. lB393 (Schilz) require state agen-
lB352 (lautenbaugh) Provide airport
hazard area dimensions under the cies to develop plans to use nebraska
You also can search current laws airport Zoning act biodiesel fuel
using the keyword search found lB691 (Brasch) Provide requirements
below the bill search. relating to purchasing biobased prod- Revenue
ucts by state government Room 1524 - 1:30 p.m.
lB628 (Cook) authorize certain political lB174 (avery) Change provisions relat-
subdivisions to donate certain motor ing to certain contributions designated
vehicles to charitable organizations on income tax forms
lB616 (mello) require the department lB370 (Wightman) eliminate provisions
of administrative Services to submit a relating to issuance of tax deeds
report on the privatization of the man- lB423 (Krist) Change tax foreclosure
agement of the state’s real property provisions relating to liens of sanitary
and improvement districts
Health & Human Services lB483 (Hadley) Change provisions
Room 1510 - 1:30 p.m. relating to deductions for net operating
appointment: michels, dale - State losses and capital losses
Board of Health
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