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Sen. Matt Hansen

Sen. Matt Hansen

District 26

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News for the 26th
February 28th, 2018

Greetings Northeast Lincoln!

February was a busy month, consisting of morning debate and afternoon committee hearings. Committee hearings ended yesterday, on February 27th, and starting today we will have debate on the floor in the morning and the afternoon until we adjourn in mid-April. Priority bills have been selected, as well. Each senator gets to prioritize one bill, each committee two bills, and the Speaker can prioritize 25 bills. Bills without a priority designation are unlikely to be heard on the floor of the Legislature this year.

Bills Passed On Final Reading

This month, the Legislature passed LB 146 and LB 93 on final reading. The Governor signed both bills into law on February 14th. LB146 will allow anyone guilty of an infraction to petition the court to set aside the conviction after paying the requisite fine or completing the assigned probation. Prior to LB 146, this was only allowed for misdemeanors and felonies. I appreciate the work of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Law Civil Clinic students and faculty who identified the problem and worked with us on the bill. The Legislature also passed LB 93 this month. LB 93 will adopt the Automatic License Plate Reader Privacy Act. You can read more about LB 93 in the Unicameral Update article, here. I appreciate the help of my fellow state senators in passing these important pieces of legislation this session.

Priority Bill
This year, I have selected LB 986 as my personal priority bill. I introduced LB 986, which would authorize Neighborhood Improvement Districts (NIDs) in Nebraska. Based on successful Business Improvement Districts, NIDs would provide another tool for neighborhood improvement in Lincoln. You can read more about LB 986 in the Unicameral Update article, here. I am excited about all of the possibilities NIDs provide, and hope to advance LB 986 this session.

February Hearings
This month, we held hearings on our remaining bills: LB 1056, LB 986, LB 1083, LB 930, LB 1029 and LB 1010. For more information on LB 930, see the Unicameral Update article here; and an article on LB 1056 here. Thank you to all who came out to testify on these bills.

My colleague, Senator Dan Quick from Grand Island, and I happened to accidentally coordinate our outfits.

Due to the record number of bills heard in the Judiciary Committee this year, we scheduled a rare recess day hearing and heard nine bills. My colleague from Lincoln, Senator Patty Pansing Brooks, brought us cookies to celebrate.

Sen. Matt Hansen

District 26
Room #2011
P.O. Box 94604
Lincoln, NE 68509
Phone: (402) 471-2610
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