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This week has been a busy week in the Legislature. We were able to debate quite a few bills including my priority bill LB252.
LB252 which requires the Nebraska Lottery to disclose the odds of winning the prize with the largest value on advertisements. The requirement would include all print advertisements, including billboards and in-store wobblers to have the disclosure be no less than thirty-five percent of the largest font. Online advertisements are required to have the odds disclosed in a ten point font before the ad is scaled down to fit the online advertisement. LB252 advanced on the first round of debate with no opposition and it received 38 votes in favor of the bill.
LB512 was introduced by Senator Linehan that changes revenue and taxation provisions was debated last Friday and this week. Senator Erdman introduced an amendment that will help flood victims and anyone who has had their property destroyed after the county assessor has finalized the assessed value for the property for the current year. For example, if their property was destroyed on January 3 the amendment allows for the property to be re-assessed to the current value so that victims do not have to pay such high property taxes when they are not able to utilize it. My heart goes out to everyone who has been affected by the flooding and natural disasters and I voted in favor of the amendment and bill, in an effort to assist those who have lost so much in our state.
We also debated LB 616 introduced by Senator Hilgers that provides for build-finance projects under the Build Nebraska Act and the Transportation Innovation Act. LB616 would help speed up the process for the South Beltway and save an estimated $25 million in costs and $7 million in interest. The South Beltway has been talked about for decades and is needed in our community. I am proud to say that I voted in favor of this bill.
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