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This week has been another busy week in the Legislature. We were able to debate quite a few bills including passing my priority bill LB252 on final reading.
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 was advance on the second round of debate and we passed it on final reading today. The next step is to send the bill to the Governor for him to sign the bill into law.
LB44 introduced by Senator Chambers to eliminate the death penalty and change provisions relating to murder in the first degree was debated yesterday. We debated the bill for almost three hours and then voted on the bill. I voted no on repealing the death penalty because the voters spoke loud and clear in 2016 when they voted to keep the death penalty. As an elected official, I feel it is my duty to uphold the will of the people.
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 for the second time. 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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