On this 12th day of the 60 day session, we are debating carry over bills in the morning while the 446 newly introduced bills are being referred to the appropriate committees for afternoon hearings. I certainly feel more confident in the process as I represent District 4 constituents. My committee assignment continues to be vice-chair of Appropriations.
I have introduced five bills this short session. LB 804 creates the Investigational Drug Use Act. This Act is also termed “Right to Try.” The bill allows eligible patients to be treated with any drug that has completed phase I of a clinical trial but has not yet been approved for general use by the USFDA.
LB 964 would allow reservists who have been elevated to active duty for purposes of training to be considered veterans and able to have that notation on their state driver’s license or state ID card.
LB 927 would allow Douglas County to increase the surcharge allowed to all other counties to upgrade 911 services.
LB 1054 would change provisions of the present DNA laws to allow collection of DNA upon felony arrest. Nebraska currently collects DNA from those convicted of certain crimes.
LB 1091 would appropriate $25 million to the Department of Economic Development for site infrastructure to be competitive in attracting new businesses to Nebraska.
I will discuss these bills in more detail in future columns.
My next Hy-Vee cafe meeting will be 9-10 a.m., Saturday, February 20th, at 132nd & Dodge. Come for conversation about state issues.