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Bill introduction has concluded and a total of 487 bills and resolutions have been introduced for consideration by the legislature this session. Each bill will have a public hearing in the committee to which it was referenced during the next five weeks. Floor debate continues on carryover legislation from last session.
In the Appropriations Committee we continue to work on the development of the preliminary budget adjustments to the biennial budget. In conjunction with the recommendations made by the Governor, the committee is considering deficit requests to address expenses that were not foreseen during last year’s budget process. Addressing the projected revenue shortfall is also part of our work to guarantee a balanced budget.
In addition to the bills I discussed last week, LR 378CA, the Constitutional Right to Farm Amendment, and LB 792, the “revolving door” bill, I introduced two other bills for consideration this session.
LB 720 would make the unauthorized capture of images by unmanned aerial vehicles a trespassing offense. UAVs, commonly known as “drones”, have become very popular among people who use them for both hobby and commerce. Many of these drones have the ability to capture photos and video during their flight. As the technology advances, the law regarding an individual’s right to privacy with drones flying over personal private property and taking photos and videos has not kept pace. LB 720 requires express permission to capture an image over private property using a drones flying below 200 feet. It does not affect the flying or use of drones, but rather protects citizens, their homes, businesses, and farms from unauthorized photos and videos. I look forward to the discussion about the appropriate use of this new and exciting technology.
LB 979 is a bill enabling the substitution and use of a class of medical products called “biosimilars”. Biosimilars are an innovative class of pharmaceuticals that provide treatment options for health care providers and patients. LB 979 updates Nebraska statutes to allow for the substitution of biologic products only with FDA approved interchangeable biologics. Current state law governs the substitution by pharmacists of generic drugs for their branded counterparts, and similar statutory direction is needed to craft state policy allowing for the substitution of FDA approved interchangeable biologics. The bill would provide guidance for health care providers and patients as use of these innovative products grows.
If you should have any questions about the legislation I have introduced or any other matter before the Legislature, do not hesitate to contact my office at 402-471-2732 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For daily updates during the session, please follow me on Twitter at @JohnKuehnDVM.
Senator John Kuehn, District 38