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Sen. Rick Kolowski

Sen. Rick Kolowski

District 31

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2020 February update of bills
February 13th, 2020

The 2020 Legislative Session is rolling along and moving quickly. The last day for senators to designate a priority bill is February 21, the half way mark of the session is February 25 and the last day for hearings is February 27.

I introduced five bills and a substantive resolution this year.

LB 903 is a bill to authorize the Department of Motor Vehicles to issue a license plate recognizing Downs Syndrome Awareness. Mike Adams and Mark Kuecker are part of DADS of Omaha, requested the bill introduction. I am happy to do so.

LB 973 is a bill to create a statutory structure for homeowners associations and to assure that homeowners can install solar energy systems.

LB 1112 is a bill that change the definition of a forensic exam after sexual assault. Currently there are state and federal dollars that pay for the forensic gathering of evidence and testing for sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy. However, it stops short of paying for treatment. LB 1112 would add the preventative treatment of sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy to the definition.

LB 1113 is another bill requested by a constituent from Omaha. This bill inserts clarifying language into the definition of interfering with a peace officer to say that recording an officer in the line of duty is NOT interference as long as the person doing the recording is in a public place or a private place they have the right to be.

LB 1168 is a bill to redirect part of the lottery dollars that go to fund educational programs. The $1.4 million involved in this bill will increase the availability of students to take dual credit courses and career and technical courses.

LR 294 is a resolution written by the students of Prairie Hill Learning Center asking that the State of Nebraska official recognize the climate crisis, the human causes of climate change and take steps to combat it.

I named LB 1188 as my priority bill yesterday. LB 1188 requires the Department of Health and Human Services to hire a superintendent to oversee the schools that teach children during their stay at one of the youth rehabilitation centers. Two other bills will be amended into LB 1188 before it is advanced from Committee. The goal of these bills is to improve the processes NDHHS uses to assess and plan treatment for youth. Given the recent incidents and dereliction of responsibility by the state to properly care for these youth and the buildings housing them, I felt this bill to be of utmost importance. It will be part of the solution proposed by Senators Sarah Howard, Tony Vargas and the Health and Human Services Committee. I’d like to thank Senator Howard for encouraging me to be part of this solution.

Sen. Rick Kolowski

District 31
Room #1018
P.O. Box 94604
Lincoln, NE 68509
Phone: (402) 471-2327
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