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Senator Scheer’s Capitol Update
This week in Lincoln we have spent the majority of our time debating the merits of LB10. LB10 will return Nebraska to a winner-takes-all electoral system for presidential elections. 23 years ago the Unicameral decided to move from the winner-take-all electoral to the system that we currently have, dividing electoral votes by congressional districts. At that time, the country looked like it would be adopting the shift, as it was theorized that the shift would provide are larger voice to rural Nebraskans. Unfortunately, the rest of the country has not taken up this plan, nor does it intend to. This leaves Nebraska with an electoral process that disadvantages the state as a whole during presidential elections.
Only one of my bills had a committee hearing this week. LB51 was heard on Tuesday before the Banking, Commerce, and Insurance Committee. This bill will amend the Intergovernmental Risk Management Act. The way that the law is currently written, independent insurance agents and risks pools do not compete on an equal ground. This bill seeks to remedy the problem.
The Legislature passed my first bill of the session on Friday by a vote of 46 to 0. LB52, when signed by the Governor, will exempt Sanitary Drainage Districts from paying sales and use taxes. I look forward to this bill being signed into law in the coming week.
If you have any questions for me or want to share your thoughts on a bill, please do not hesitate to contact me. If you happen to be in Lincoln, I would appreciate the opportunity to say hello. My office in the capitol is in room 1401, we can be reached at (402) 471-2929.