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Sen. Mark Kolterman

Sen. Mark Kolterman

District 24

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Even though it was a short week in the legislature, it was certainly a busy week as well.  Wednesday was the tenth and last day for bill introduction, and it is usually the day where the most legislative bills are introduced, and this year did not disappoint.  177 bills were introduced on the tenth day.  In total, 667 legislative bills and 5 constitutional amendments were introduced by the 49 senators.  I personally introduced 25 bills, with 11 of those dealing with retirement issues.  Here is a list of all the bills I introduced this session.  If you would like more information about each bill, please visit the Nebraska Legislature website at: www.nebraskalegislature.gov.

LB18 – Change licensure and scope of practice for dental assistants and dental hygienists

LB19 – Change requirements for the practice of acupuncture

LB20 – Change provisions relating to homestead exemption certifications

LB29 – Eliminate the Class V School Employees Retirement Cash Fund

LB30 – Provide for a cash balance benefit plan by cities of the metropolitan and primary classes for certain police officers or firefighters as prescribed

LB31 – Change school retirement plan provisions relating to service credits

LB32 – Eliminate a duty of the Public Employees Retirement Board and change provisions relating to prior service retirement benefit payments for county employees

LB61 – Adopt the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact

LB92 – Require health carriers to provide coverage for telehealth services

LB94 – Increase amount of funds offered by the state investment officer to financial institutions as deposits under the Nebraska Capital Expansion Act

LB110 – Change duties and requirements relating to certain retirement plan reporting and change duties of the Auditor of Public Accounts and the Public Employees Retirement Board

LB166 – Change provisions of Uniform Controlled Substances Act and Pharmacy Practice Act

LB231 – Authorize disciplinary action under the Insurance Producers Licensing Act for failing to maintain a license in good standing

LB232 – Provide a property tax exemption for property leased to the state or a governmental subdivision

LB278 – Redefine disability and change disability retirement application and medical examination provisions for various retirement acts

LB323 – Adopt the Palliative Care and Quality of Life Act

LB324 – Adopt the Pharmacy Benefit Fairness and Transparency Act

LB359 – Authorize damages for property taxes and special assessments paid on property lost through adverse possession

LB360 – Adopt the Surgical Technologist Registry Act

LB406 – Change provisions relating to notice of cancellation, nonrenewal, or nonpayment of a premium for automobile liability policies

LB413 – Change a retirement application timeframe for judges and Nebraska State Patrol officers as prescribed and change supplemental lump-sum cost-of-living adjustments under the Judges Retirement Act

LB414 – Change a retirement application timeframe for judges and Nebraska State Patrol officers as prescribed and change supplemental lump-sum cost-of-living adjustments under the Judges Retirement Act

LB415 – Provide and change notification requirements and duties and benefits for certain retirement system members, change certain annuity and disability benefit provisions, and provide duties for school districts and the Public Employees Retirement Board relating to retirement

LB486 – Change continuing education requirements for insurance licensees

LB532 – Change provisions relating to a military service credit for certain retirement plans as prescribed

Committee hearings began on Tuesday and public testimony was heard on six of my bills.  Much of this week on the floor was spent debating referencing a few bills’ committee designations and debating the rules.  Chief Justice Michael Heavican also delivered the State of the Judiciary on Thursday.  Chief Justice Heavican stressed the need for the legislature to adequately fund justice reinvestment programs.  He also discussed the state of the Office of Public Guardian, juvenile justice, and technological updates in the courts.

As always, if we can be of assistance to you in any way, please do not hesitate to contact my office. My door is open and I have made it a goal to be accessible to the constituents of our district. Please stop by any time. My e-mail address is mkolterman@leg.ne.gov, and the office phone number is 402-471-2756. David and Katie are always available to assist you with your needs. If I am not immediately available, please do not hesitate to work with them to address any issues that you may need assistance. Please continue to follow me on Facebook at Kolterman for Legislature and on Twitter at @KoltermanforLegislature.

 

Sen. Mark Kolterman

District 24
Room #2004
P.O. Box 94604
Lincoln, NE 68509
Phone: (402) 471-2756
Email: mkolterman@leg.ne.gov
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