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It has been a busy Legislative Session for District 25. I am a member of the Transportation and Telecommunications and Natural Resources committees. My committee hearings are now over and bills are starting to move quickly through the legislative process. I thought this would provide me with a good opportunity to inform my constituents and other interested parties about what is going on in our little corner on the 12th floor of the Capitol.
Recently, all Nebraska State Senators had the opportunity to submit their priority bill legislation to Speaker Scheer.
A priority bill is a bill that has priority status and generally is considered ahead of other bills in debate. Each senator may select one priority bill, each committee may select two priority bills, and the speaker may select up to 25 priority bills.
My priority bill for this year will be LB252 Provide a condition relating to advertisements by the state lottery.
The purpose of LB252 is to have the odds of winning posted on all Nebraska Lottery advertisements. It would require all state lottery ads to disclose the odds of winning the largest prize in a font no smaller than 35 percent of the largest font used in the ad. Online advertisements would be required to disclose the odds in at least 10 point font.
Currently, the Nebraska Lottery does not have to disclose the odds of winning the prize with the largest value on advertisements and that is concerning to me. Government transparency is important and we as a state should disclose these odds in a clear and conspicuous way because the Nebraska Lottery is a state program.
This is a minimal request that will help provide the transparency that I believe is needed when it comes to the lottery system.
LB252 was heard by the General Affairs Committee on March 18, 2019. No one testified against my bill during the hearing and the committee did not take immediate action on it, but they will be discussing it in an executive session soon.
I would also like to thank Tom Barber, CEO of People’s City Mission in Lincoln for coming down to the Capitol and testifying in support of my bill.
As always, feel free to contact my office. My office phone number is 402-471-2731 and my email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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