Welcome

January 7th, 2015

Thank you for visiting my website. It is an honor to represent the people of the 23rd legislative district in the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature.

You’ll find my contact information on the right side of this page, as well as a list of the bills I’ve introduced this session and the committees on which I serve. Please feel free to contact me and my staff about proposed legislation or any other issues you would like to address.

Sincerely,
Sen. Jerry Johnson

Legislative Word in the 23rd- February 20, 2015

February 20th, 2015

We still have approximately 4 weeks of public hearings left before we begin all day debate here in the Legislature.  It is at this time that the Speaker of the Legislature has several responsibilities aside from his normal routine that are most important.  He has to continually take the pulse of the body on the floor and of his committee chairs urging them to move bills along that they feel are worthy of moving to General File.  Also, in years past we have been told not to worry about feelings but rather kill any measure that just doesn’t look like it will measure up to further scrutiny.

Last week, I told you about a bill that I had to withdraw because I knew it was just not ready and it didn’t measure up.  Another bill requiring vaccinations for meningitis was bracketed until June 5th, the last day of the session for this year and, while not dead, it will not receive any more attention this session.  That is the same fate the has happened to LB 111, the Voter I.D. bill. This bill would require a state picture I.D. of some sort that would have to be produced to poll workers when voting in person.  If my e-mails are any indication, this bill has strong support in District 23 and from what I am hearing it has this same level of support across the state.  Here is another area that the Speaker must be aware of, the filibuster or extended debate on an issue. A senator got up on LB 111 on Select File and pronounced that he was going to filibuster this bill.  The trouble was, this senator had not counted on a bracket motion being filed.  The motion was filed and this bill also has been bracketed to the last day of this session, June 5th.  Again, these bills are not dead but won’t pass this year.  It does look however, like June 5th is shaping up to potentially be a busy day.

Property tax and prison bills are now being heard and soon will be emerging from committee and coming before us.  As to prison bills which encompass everything from good time release, overcrowding, possible new prison construction and on and on, well I know many of you still read newspapers or follow the news on other social media and the situation is as bad as we thought. The new administration has appointed new leadership for our prison system.  This will be a huge undertaking that will not be solved quickly but it must be taken care of.

Property tax bills are coming at a pretty rapid pace as well.  It appears that there are multiple bills that want to reduce ag land valuations which have sky-rocketed the last several years. This is needed no matter how small a cut might be made.  The popular path here is reducing the tax from the current 75% of value to 65%.  Some call this a “band-aid”, others call it a beginning. Either way we have to begin to act.  Other ideas range from decreasing local property taxes and increasing income tax to reducing income taxes and providing $80 million in additional property tax credits.  Both plans include the 10% reduction in ag land valuation.  I’m not sure increasing taxes of any kind will solve the problem we find ourselves in presently.  Some feel increasing income tax revenue, and using this for our schools would help provide more state funding and provide property tax relief.  I’ll have to hear more about these proposals.  I don’t want to promote tax shifts in the hope that the equation will balance out.  Presently, if we take from one bucket such as property tax reduction, we very well will face issues at the local level in our counties and cities.  If we reduce funding levels here then local entities will have to face the dilemma of cutting services or raising taxes to provide the same levels of service.  The issue here is pretty evident, the “how do we do it” needs work.

 

Sincerely,

 

Senator Jerry Johnson

Legislative Word in the 23rd- February 13, 2015

February 13th, 2015

This past week here in Lincoln started and ended under rather difficult circumstances.  As we began the week, it became apparent I was going to be forced to remove a bill from consideration that I had introduced.  Luckily LB 262 had not been scheduled for a hearing but after several meetings with the parties that brought this bill to me, an agreement was not going to be reached in time to save this measure.  The bill dealt with the Dairy Industry Development Act and more specifically a check-off that producers were paying.  To put it simply, the check-off dollars weren’t going where some of the producers wanted this money to go.  At one time the producers could expect a refund of this money but federal rulings removed that option.  LB 262 was crafted to at least allow producers to have a say where this money might go.  As you can see, the ultimate goal here is to develop the dairy industry in Nebraska.  

In the last 20 years the number of dairy cows has declined over 30%.  Taking into account only the last 15 years, studies show the state has lost over 550 dairies leaving 195 dairy farms, mainly in the eastern part of the state.  The thought is that if processors can be brought to the central and western parts of the state, so can producers.  The Nebraska division of the Midwest Dairy Association wants to send the message that water, land and opportunity are in Nebraska and it is a great place to locate.

To be honest, we couldn’t agree on language to satisfy everyone and the group didn’t want to appear fractured during a public hearing.  We’ll work more on this issue over the summer and try to get something together for next session.

We ended the week spending parts of two days and close to 4 hours debating LB 18 on Select File.  As many of you know, this is the second round of debate before a bill becomes law.  As introduced, this bill would have required students entering the 7th grade and for students entering the academic year after the student turns 16, to be immunized for meningitis using a recommended vaccine.  The recommendation would come from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  This vaccination would be added to the list of required vaccinations already found in statute.  There are a couple of instances when students would not be required to get an immunization.  If there are legitimate health reasons as attested to by a health professional focusing on this individual or if a parent or guardian attests to religious conflicts with an immunization to be administered, then the student would be found to be exempt.

I heard from many of you that are opposed to immunizations.  Some for this specific disease and some in general.  Some of you related stories to my staff of health issues that were felt to be an adverse reaction to immunizations.  Senators opposing this bill seemed to agree and to say they just didn’t want anymore mandates.  I have to be honest with you, you would want it that way.  I agreed with LB 18.  I was immunized for the various childhood diseases and so were my children.  I just feel that scientific evidence and numbers are in favor of those getting immunized.

Before you call in, note that a bracket motion was filed on LB 18 at the end of debate on the measure.  A bracket motion means a bill is put off until a specific day to be debated again.  LB 18 was bracketed until June 5, 2015 and the vote was unanimous.  That is the last day of the session.  It will not allow lay-over time.  LB 18 will not proceed this year.

Sincerely,

 

Senator Jerry Johnson

Legislative Word in the 23rd- February 06, 2015

February 6th, 2015

I am sure many, if not most of you, know that any bill introduced before the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature receives a public hearing.  This is a unique feature that is part of our system.  What you might not be aware of is that many department heads of the various state agencies also appear for confirmation before the various sub-committees and eventually need confirmation by the full legislative body.  This is a statutory requirement that must be fulfilled even though the Governor makes the initial appointment.

The directors of the Department of Roads, Natural Resources, Labor, Banking, Motor Vehicles, Correctional Services and even the State Patrol must eventually be affirmed by the Legislature according to statute.  The Director of Agriculture for the Department of Agriculture also is included in this group and this appointment came before the Agriculture Committee of the Legislature two weeks ago.  In years past most appointments were mere formality but we have seen a move to get away from the “rubber stamp” method and it was very evident at this hearing. There was a strong presence at the hearing against the re-appointment of the current director.  During his time in office it was said his Department allowed “cruel neglect” at dog and cat breeding operations in Nebraska.  A rescue operation  from Auburn, Nebraska began an online petition to block the re-appointment and in just a few days had well over 4000 signatures.  Several witnesses expressed a dissatisfaction with the Department’s implementation and management of the Commercial Dog and Cat Operator Inspection Act under the current director’s leadership.

While I did  join the majority of the committee in forwarding this appointment to the full Legislature, I do not take lightly the concerns that were expressed.  We will have four bills that come before the Agriculture Committee on February 17 pertaining to the Dog and Cat programs.  Two of these bills will be specifically focused on assisting the department along with local law enforcement agencies and animal welfare groups to intervene when operators fail to meet their ownership responsibilities by providing healthy surroundings for animals in their care.  Additionally, I want to pursue dialogue and action if need be with the Department and the animal welfare constituency to continue to improve the program.  During the hearing, some groups, while critical of the program, did testify to what they felt had been improvements in the Department in the last year.

Governor Ricketts has said he will make sure the state takes the appropriate steps to improve inspection and enforcement programs.  He has heard from several rescue groups that have highlighted the problem and he has assured them the situation will continue to improve.

The full Legislature did approve the re-appointment of Greg Ibach as the Director of the Department of Agriculture.

Sincerely,

 

Senator Jerry Johnson

Legislative Word in the 23rd- January 30, 2015

January 30th, 2015

It is amazing how a couple of weeks of nice weather seem to make the winter go by faster.  I look and realize we also just finished our first month of this legislative session.  By the time most of you read this we will have completed close to 20 working days of this 90 day gathering.

While a good share of the “major” bills are just starting to be heard by committee, other measures are advancing to, and being heard on General File.  I say major bills because I think we can break down what appears to be on virtually all of my colleagues minds as having the most importance.

There is a strong group of senators that feel property tax correction is the most important area to address this year.  Another group says prisons and prison reform are the most important issues we will face this year.  There is another group that always has school funding issues at the top of their list.  These and a couple of other areas, not the least of which will include discussion and the required passage of a balanced budget, will occupy plenty of the debate time on coming dockets.  I haven’t declared an area of greater importance than another because it will take all of us, working together, and sometimes voting for something for the greater good, to move this along.

I introduced LB 135 this year, a carry-over from last year that concerns townships and more particularly, inactive townships.  There has been an ongoing issue with regard to townships and in particular, those local subdivisions that cannot get people to serve on their boards.  These entities have taxing or more accurately, levy authority.  Without a township board to release funds to meet the legal obligations of the township, counties which contain the boundaries of the township are forced to provide services and maintenance for the area in question.  This creates a burden on the county not only financially, but logistically.  County personnel have to perform duties at county expense to create safe conditions for the general public which usually means road grading and maintenance.  It is also unfair to the rest of the county to use general funds for this purpose.   LB 135 would allow the county board to access these funds until a new township board, if ever, is put in place.  There is a similar bill that was heard that contained virtually the same language regarding this problem and it advanced.  In the spirit of voting for something for the greater good, I will support this bill.  I didn’t like some of the language of this alternate measure.  I felt LB 135 gave more immediate help to the county boards but the main issue is access to funds and fairness to the county.

We have spent parts of several days on LB 88.  This bill would raise the fee to get a marriage license from the current $15 to $50.  The sponsor, a former county board member, felt here is an area (of which there are many) that counties should not have to bear an unequal share of the cost of administration which currently is estimated at $55 per application.  There have been attempts to amend this amount down to $35 but several senators feel this is an unfair and too drastic of an increase.  We will soon take a vote to end debate on the bill and then vote on the bill. I have a bill in the Ag Committee to increase the dog and cat licensing fee by 25 cents.  Wonder what will happen there.

 

Sincerely,

 

Senator Jerry Johnson

Legislative Word in the 23rd- January 23, 2015

January 23rd, 2015

The table has been set, it is time to fish or cut bait.  You probably wonder just what the heck I am talking about.  Well, here in the Nebraska Legislature we have just finished the first 10 days of the session.  The importance of this date is that no more bills can be introduced for consideration this year.  It seems that in each of my earlier years here we have had constituents and others contacting us to introduce legislation on one topic or another well past the time allowed for introductions and some have been quite unhappy to learn that the rules just don’t allow it.  One of the unique things about our legislature, compared to other states, is that every bill introduced will have a public hearing.  If we allowed unending bill introduction, I am afraid we could never finish the work we do here on an annual basis.

Following along with the above, we had 655 bills and 4 constitutional amendments introduced this year.  You probably have read or heard about many of these ideas already.  Judging from our e-mails and regular mail, there are many areas that are of interest to you and will be to me as well.

One bit of advice I have received and have tried to follow here is that I don’t get too involved in most of the issues unless they are advanced from the various committees to General File, for the first round of debate before the full legislative body.  Obviously, my staff or myself continues to look over the multitude of bills before us and “monitor” their progress as many like to say.  Naturally, I participate in the bills that I introduce, totaling 10 personal bills this year and several other committee bills from the Agriculture Committee for which I am responsible as well as the bills before the other committees to which I am assigned.  Often, what a bill looks like today however, is nowhere near what comes out at the end of the session due to amendments, mergers with other bills, etc.  I hesitate to “sign on” to certain pieces of legislation that I feel have a significant chance for change and I certainly don’t want to tell you that I support something and then watch it change or become a part of something else which I can’t support.

Also this past week we heard the first State of the State address given by Governor Ricketts.  As with most speeches of this type, the hopes are many but the Legislature is a separate branch of government from the Governor so at this point we can only hope for consensus on most issues.  The speech centered on several points that have had extensive media coverage as well as the cost for these programs and just the general cost of running the state.  Remember, for the first time in many years, we have a trained businessman in the top spot with little to no political experience.

The governor, among several issues, proposed a two-year, 3.1 percent budget growth rate.  He asked for $57 million in new money to be spent on prisons over a three year period.  Following a theme he put forth during his campaign, he wants $400 million returned to the taxpayers from the Property Tax Credit Relief Fund  and $120 million in property tax cuts.  He included increases for state aid to schools, the University of Nebraska system as well as state colleges.  Increases in provider rates for child welfare, developmental disabilities, federal Medicaid match money and over $17 million in reimbursement to the federal government for mistakes made in foster care payments.  These ideas and others were presented while also promising no tax increases.

This all sounds ambitious at this point of the legislative session but I guess now we’ll see where the rubber meets the road.

 

Sincerely,

 

Senator Jerry Johnson

Legislative Word in the 23rd- January 16, 2015

January 16th, 2015

Greetings from your Nebraska State Legislature.  My name is Jerry Johnson and I am the state senator representing Legislative District #23.  This district includes all of Butler and Saunders Counties as well as most of Colfax County excluding the northwest quarter of the county bounded by County Rd. P on the south and Hwy 15 on the east.  I am entering my third year representing this district and consider it an honor to be here to serve you.  This column, which has been made possible thanks to the generosity of the local newspapers in and around the district, will appear for the most part on a weekly basis during the legislative session.

Generally, I will be discussing bills I have introduced or co-signed however, often my focus may well be on topics related to agriculture.  The reason for this is that I was elected as the Chairman of the Agriculture Committee of the Legislature on the first day of the session.  This honor has resulted in a few new responsibilities as well as one noticeable improvement, a bigger office.  I am now located in Room #1022.  This is just inside the west entrance to the capitol building and allows more space for meetings, one additional staff person and more room to generally stretch out after spending two years in what we affectionately called a “bowling alley” office.  To those of you who visited, you know what I am referring to.

As I write this article, we are just finishing the eighth day of the session.  The first ten days are reserved for bill introduction and as of today we have around 500 bills that have been introduced.  We will top the 700 mark by the time we adjourn on the 10th day.  This has been the normal amount for the last several years.

I looked at one of the articles I wrote last year and noted that 17 senators would be term limited out of office and predicted a group that would be very unpredictable and referred to them as a wild card.  Well, that prediction came to pass and now we have 18 new senators and a new governor and again I will say this new group again is the wild card because we don’t know for sure much about these folks yet.  What we do know is that they won elections in their home districts, that they are competent in the eyes of the local voters who sent them here and I look forward to working with all of them.

Above I said I would be writing about bills I am introducing this year and bills that will come before the Ag Committee.  Other bills of interest may find their way onto these pages but I will be listening to the issues that you will be bringing to me as well.  The people of the State of Nebraska drive what we do here.  I can be reached electronically at jjohnson@leg.ne.gov.  If you prefer regular mail send to Senator Jerry Johnson, Legislative District #23, State Capitol Bldg., PO Box 94604, Lincoln, NE  68509-4604 or pick up the phone and call me at 402-471-2719.

I want to thank you for your support and I look forward to hearing from you.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Senator Jerry Johnson

Legislative Word in the 23rd- April 17, 2014

April 17th, 2014

For better or worse this past Thursday, April 17th, was the 60th and final day of the 103rd Legislature, Second Session.  The last day of a session is generally ceremonial in nature with any Final Readings on bills taking place as well as any governor vetoes that may need to be considered.  The bills read on the last day could be vetoed but we have not had any indication from the governor that this would happen.  We did  recognize 17 senators leaving us and thank them for their service to the state.  This large number is a result of term limits voted into law years ago by the voters of Nebraska.

As you know, this was the short session.  We carried over dozens of bills from the 2013 session.  Beginning this year we had 75 bills on General File alone.  At the end of the year we had 155 bills on General File.  The idea is to try to catch up from the first session but obviously, this didn’t happen.  I have told you in these spaces before that a bill had to be passed this year or it is dead and has to be re-drafted and re-introduced next year or at some point in the future.  I anticipate many of the introduced measures will be back again and sometimes bills are introduced so that when they are re-introduced we will have heard of them before.

Several of the major issues that were talked about over the two year period did get substantial floor debate.  Some of these bills passed but many have unresolved issues that will need to be taken care of at some other time by another legislature.  A good example of this is tax reform.  Almost every senator in the body said taxes whether it be sales, income or property in nature is a concern in his or her district.  I welcome the interim study planned for this summer or fall on assessed land tax values.

As I said last week, important water legislation was passed and since that time has been signed into law.  Prison reform was signed into law and included several steps to better prepare prisoners to be released.  I was disappointed that we didn’t address the “good time” provisions and am sure that will be back at some time.  Again, I want to make it very clear that I don’t support gambling, but I did vote to advance LR 41CA, the historic horse racing measure.  This proposal will appear on the ballot this year and you will be the determining if this form of expanded wagering is to become legal.  I don’t gamble but I will defend your right to vote.

Mountain lions, toy lighters, amber lights on citizen patrol cars and Medicaid expansion are just a few of the other offerings that took a large amount of time, often leading to the extremely time consuming filibuster.  This tactic was one of the many used this year that resulted in this session being described as the most contentious in memory by many.  I believe there were many other factors that contributed to this perception.  We have an ultra-conservative group of legislators.  As I said, we have 17 members leaving and most wanting to “go out with a bang”.  We have several running for other elective offices and just a general disrespect of the system which is disappointing.  Hopefully, next year with the coming changes in officials and senators will bring much needed change.

I hope during this process you have felt informed and somewhat enlightened by these newspaper articles.  I want to thank the various publications that allowed me valuable space for my column.  We might try to have an occasional “Legislative Word” during the interim if and when new information comes up.  I will be out in the district visiting with groups and individuals and coming to as many events as possible.

Please let me hear from you.  My Lincoln office will be open daily so don’t hesitate to call.  I can be reached by phone at: 402-471-2719 as well as e-mail at jjohnson@leg.ne.gov.  Beginning in May I hope to be in my Lincoln office most Monday mornings but will try to work with you if there is a meeting time that would work better.

Until then, have a great summer, and if not before, I’ll see you in January.

 

Sincerely,

 

Senator Jerry Johnson

Legislative Word in the 23rd- April 10, 2014

April 11th, 2014

When we get to the end of a legislative session, it becomes easy to look back and think of all of the things we should have done and there are even a few things we could have done differently however, here we are at the end not only of the session but of the biennium as well.  As I have said in this column on occasion, what isn’t done by now is done.  If not passed into law, the measure must be reintroduced next year or at some time in the future.  While most ideas have appeared here in one form or another, shelf life for bills is very limited.

As I traveled not only the district this last year but around the state as well, a few topics were foremost on people’s minds.  I spoke about taxes last week and in previous columns.  We began some programs but quite honestly, we didn’t go far enough.  Noting that it is now the tax filing deadline I can see that perhaps we need some work done on the state income tax laws.  Property taxes were also high on the list of issues to fix and in particular agricultural land valuations.  Various “fixes” were offered but nothing really of substance passed.  Senator Hadley of the Revenue Committee has promised hearings over the summer and into the fall on this particular tax.  I will attend as many of those hearings as I can.  I fully anticipate these to be public in nature so if you can, call my office to find out the schedule.

Water was prominent but rather late this session.  LB 1098 was offered and argued strenuously.  The bill makes major investments in rural and metro water projects.  There will be $11 million used annually from the General Fund for water sustainability projects.  This is a huge increase from amounts taken currently.  This first year this money will be coupled with a $20 million appropriation allowed by the Appropriations Committee.  This combined amount will be used for projects including drinking water, irrigation, habitat conservation, flood control and recreation just to name a few.  Lake Wanahoo will be a beneficiary of this money though the amount at this time is unclear.  Omaha will receive $1 million annually to help with their federally mandated sewer renovation.  This bill creates an expanded Natural Resources Commission to review applications for grants and to award the funds.  This is major legislation that concerns what has been described as the issue of the decade, water supply and management.

Prison reform issues have become law.  After the tragic serial killings last summer in Omaha, there were several unanswered questions about the accused and his incarceration and release along with the major overcrowding that we currently have in the system.  Bills were introduced and passed to begin, and I stress the word begin, to address these issues.  This will be an ongoing process for many years.

Veterans finally started to see some movement on legislation designed not only to help them but hopefully, keep them in our state as well.  We passed laws allowing for certain tax exemptions, tuition assistance programs, modified homestead exemptions and military license plates.  We owe those that have defended our country respect.  Also, as I said, veterans have much to offer with the training they received in the military and since their discharge.  We need to keep them around.

A bill that was defeated on Final Reading, LB 1092, was a bill I supported.  This bill would have allowed the state to issue up to $200 million in bonds for road construction.  The bonds would not have been allowed to be issued after June 30, 2017 and would require that bonds carry an interest rate no higher than 5%.  We have always been a pay-as-you-go state meaning we wouldn’t bond to go into debt to do projects of any kind.  That was the argument here.  Do we allow bonding now at a time when construction bidding is proving favorable and interest rates are low or do we see how funds coming in from the Build Nebraska Act, passed three years ago, come in and get a bit of history to see if that money supply is sufficient.  I am a conservative but I also promised to help complete road projects in District #23 such as the Highway 30 project east of Schuyler.  I remain committed to this notion.

Next week will be the last regular column of the session.  I will try to give you a few final observations and thoughts.

 

Sincerely,

 

Senator Jerry Johnson

Legislative Word in the 23rd- April 03, 2014

April 8th, 2014

Last week in this column, I explained the budget adjustment we made this year.  We made improvements across the board in many areas including state aid to schools, funding for the Game and Parks Commission, capitol building improvements, tax relief, behavioral health and job training programs, just to name a few.  For the most part, I feel this was a responsible fiscal plan put forth by the Appropriations Committee.  The package received strong support from the body of senators and passed.  I also said in last week’s column that the governor has the responsibility to examine the budget and has the authority to veto any items he deems unnecessary.  The budget comes to approximately $7.8 billion and we knew there was the real possibility of several vetoes coming down.  Our expectations were realized when we arrived this past Monday morning.

The governor has five days from the time a bill is passed to sign it, let it pass without his signature (it still becomes law) or veto.  He vetoed $65 million from our budget bill.  As you might expect, our discussion was interesting in determining whether to override any of the governor’s objections.  The governor said he felt we didn’t go far enough in offering more property tax relief and at least at this time we could afford to give this money back in the form of relief.  We looked at the areas in question and in the end we voted pretty overwhelmingly to override the governor.  Of the $65 million in question we voted to restore close to $61 million of the budget.  We did preserve the $25 million designated to add to the property tax credit program.

All is not lost however.  The governor did sign into law several bills representing over $410 million in tax cuts and adjustments.  While these will be spread out over the next 5 years, it is important to note several senators and the governor himself described these measures as a good start to tax relief.

Senator Galen Hadley, chair of the Revenue Committee, has promised a study this coming summer on our property tax system centering on the agricultural property tax issue.  This too is an important component to future, meaningful tax relief.

We spent a good amount of the rest of the week moving as many bills as possible forward during the few days remaining.  We voted on two bills that I feel the need to explain a bit.

LB 41 CA is a constitutional amendment authorizing legislation for licensing and regulating wagering on live or replayed horse races.  Briefly, the resolution was described as an attempt to expand gambling in Nebraska or as a last ditch effort to save the horse racing industry in our state.  I know you have heard about this measure before and I won’t argue this here.  I voted to pass LR 41 CA.  I know many you may be surprised that I voted for a gambling issue.  Notice the bill is not a bill but a resolution.  It is also a constitutional amendment that, if passed, cannot be vetoed by the governor but must be voted on by you, the citizens of the state.  You could veto it by voting no or allow this by a yes vote.  The measure failed to pass but by voting yes, I feel Nebraskans should have the right to decide.  I don’t like gambling and have made no secret of this however, on many issues I respect the will of the majority, not only here at the legislature but also in all parts of the state.  This is an important right that maybe we don’t allow often enough.

LB 671, the mountain lion bill, also was vetoed by the governor.  Two years ago we passed legislation allowing the Game and Parks Commission to set hunting seasons for these animals. Since that time the Commission has studied the mountain lions and concluded there were 22 of these big cats in a grouping in western Nebraska.  It was felt up to two of these animals could be hunted.  While other sightings were reported, this was thought to be a safe number for management purposes.  Also, we have added a constitutional amendment to our state constitution preserving the right to hunt and fish.  It is felt we may have legal issues if we interfere with the hunting season established.  I voted for LB 671 and to override the veto.  Members of the Natural Resources Committee felt we should stick with the law currently in place.  I have no problem with that and might very well vote differently when we see this bill return next year, and I am sure we will.

 

Sincerely,

 

Senator Jerry Johnson