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The second session of the 104th Legislature adjourned sine die (Latin for “without day,” meaning without a future date being designated) on April 20, and we said farewell to 11 senators who are leaving the Legislature due to term limits. We were able to accomplish a lot during this 60 day session. Of 216 total bills passed this session, 76 of them were priority bills. Unfortunately, however, we were unable to debate even all of the priority bills. This was due, in part, to a large number of filibusters that led to 24 cloture votes to cut off debate. This was nearly twice the number of cloture votes taken the year before. This is significant, especially considering that last year was a 90 day session.
One of the bills that was passed over due to filibustering was a bill I introduced, LB901. The bill would have reorganized Nebraska’s dental professional structure to make it more efficient and effective. The bill was voted unanimously to General File by the Health and Human Services Committee and was a Speaker Priority bill.
The following is a list of outcomes for my bills (in bold) as well as selected Retirement Committee bills (in italics):
|LB447||Omaha School Emp. Ret. Sys. Investment Authority||Signed by Governor March 30|
|LB467||Nebraska State Patrol Retirement Benefits||Signed by Governor April 18|
|LB747||Nebraska Capital Expansion Act||Indefinitely Postponed|
|LB790||Alphabetize Terms in Retirement Statutes||Signed by Governor April 6|
|LB803||Judges’ Retirement Fund Clean-up||Signed by Governor April 18|
|LB805||Retirement Plan Studies and Filings||Amended into LB447|
|LB813||Plasma Donation by 18 Year-Olds||Signed by Governor April 6|
|LB901||Dentistry Practice Act||Indefinitely Postponed|
|LB908||Temporary Licenses for Veterinary Technicians||Signed by Governor April 7|
|LB909||Dept. of Ag. Applications No Longer Require SSNs||Signed by Governor April 7|
|LB922||Change Terms of PERB Board Members||Amended into LB447|
|LB924||Child Support Auto-Withdrawal Payments||Signed by Governor April 7|
|LB953||Vulnerable Adults Protection Act||Indefinitely Postponed|
|LB975||Child Welfare Services Protection Act||Indefinitely Postponed|
|LB986||PERB Board Annual Valuation Report and Study||Amended into LB447|
|LB1061||Surgical Technologist Registry Act||Indefinitely Postponed|
While over half of my bills were signed into law, I intend to revisit the bills that did not go through and improve them during the interim for reintroduction next year. And of course, I am happy to address additional issues during the interim as well. If you have ideas for legislation, please contact me.
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