Senator Scheer’s Capitol Update
Since my last column there has been a lot accomplished in the Legislature. Four of my bills were heard before committee (LB632, LB197, LB48, and LB56). Three of my bills passed Select File and advanced to Final Reading (LB52, LB180, and LB352). Two of my bills (LB180 and LB352) were debated and advanced through General File. And, one bill, LB111, had the potential to bring the Legislature to a screeching halt. However, it was surprisingly killed by way of a bracket motion, allowing us to move on and address other pressing issues.
My bills that were heard before committees were: LB362, LB197, LB48, and LB56.
LB632 was heard before the Banking, Commerce, and Insurance Committee on February 9. This bill would enact a new section to provide that an employer or association may enter into a contract, agreement, or arrangement with an agent or broker that provides for or results in compensation paid to the agent or broker for the sale of a health benefit plan. The bill would provide that the compensation may be collected by and passed through to the agent or broker by the carrier and shall not be considered premium.
LB197 was heard before the Urban Affairs Committee on February 10. This bill will provide additional powers to certain Sanitary and Improvement Districts (SID). These powers, subject to the approval of the municipality with jurisdiction over the SID, would allow the SID to regulate streets, parking, sidewalks, etc. There are two SIDs in Legislative District 19 that this bill will benefit. Specifically, this bill will allow them to clear the streets and sidewalks of snow and debris and regulate parking on the streets.
LB48 was heard before the Banking, Commerce, and Insurance Committee on February 17. This bill will prohibit insurance companies from dropping a policy due to weather-related casualty, unless the insured has failed to make reasonable repairs from a prior weather-related casualty. Currently, insurance companies are allowed to non-renew policies due to claims made due to weather related events that are out of the control of the insured. I have been contacted by several constituents who are dealing with this problem due to hail storms over the past few years.
LB56 was heard before the Executive Board on February 17. This bill creates a process for the State of Nebraska to gift the property that the Norfolk Regional Center currently resides on, except for the unit that is currently being used, to Northeast Community College. The college will use this property to create a technology innovation center. This center will bring companies and jobs to the Norfolk area.
Next week should see my three bills that were advanced out of committee come up for debate in General File (LB55, LB197, and LB295). I look forward to debating these bills with my colleagues and passing them through to Select File.
It is an honor to represent District 19 in the Unicameral. If you have any questions or comments please do not hesitate to contact me or my staff. You can reach my office at (402) 471-2929 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.