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January 22, 2015
All bills must be introduced during the first 10 days of the legislative session. A total of 655 bills were introduced this year. I introduced five bills to begin my first term of office.
LB 209 will have a hearing in front of the Judiciary Committee on Friday, January 23rd. This bill creates the Political Subdivision Mandatory Mediation Act. The purpose of the bill is to require all state political subdivisions to submit to mediation before pursuing litigation. This will save time and taxpayer money.
LB 373, to Change School Bus Safety Standards, is a bill that has been introduced several times. It requires new school buses to be equipped with lap-shoulder belts for each passenger. The passengers would be required to use the belts.
LB 452 provides for advertising requirements under the Uniform Credentialing Act. This bill seeks to make sure those reading advertisements for health care can depend on the training and authorization of those producing the ads.
LB 453 changes how motor vehicle taxes are computed in a private transaction. Current law requires both the buyer and seller to pay the tax for the month of the sale. This bill makes the buyer only responsible for the tax imposed for the month of the sale.
LB 532 provides for an appropriation of funds for construction of the Global Center for Advanced Interprofessional Learning at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
All bills will be referenced to the appropriate committee for a public hearing. Hearings are announced at least seven days in advance. The committee then decides whether or not to advance bills to the entire body for debate. I will keep you informed of the progress of these bills as the session continues.