Over the last two weeks, a number of important legislative bills have been passed by your Nebraska Legislature. I would like to give you a quick update on a few:
- LB 16 — I co-sponsored Senator Tom White’s Taxpayer Transparency Act, which requires the state to develop a website that provides data on the state budget, public contracts, and tax incentives. and will encourage transparency and efficiency in our state government.
- LB 63 — This wide-sweeping crime bill modernizes penalties on those who have committed certain criminal activities, A co-sponsor of this important legislation, I worked with Senator Ashford to find seed funding for the Office of Violence Prevention, which will provide community funding for anti-violence and crime prevention programs.
- LB 555 — My priority bill this year, LB 555, increases the research tax credit provided by the Nebraska Advantage Research and Development Act. In order to qualify for the credit, the research must be performed at a college or university-owned facility in Nebraska. This “Innovation Economy” bill
- LB 603 — I was pleased to work with a small group of Senators to develop a compromise on the issues brought to light by the Safe Haven situation last year. While LB 603 offers more services to those families battling the behavioral health bureaucracy in our state, I firmly believe this is only a first step in helping families who are placed in these difficult situations. I will continue to work with my colleagues and community members to find solutions to the problems brought to light last year.
While this has been a difficult session due to the unique budget circumstances, I believe these key pieces of legislation are just a few of the new laws that will help make South Omaha and Bellevue safer and stronger. I appreciate hearing from you; please feel free to contact me with your thoughts on these or any of the issues facing our state.
Working for you,
Senator Heath Mello