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Dear Residents of the 40th District,
This past Tuesday, the hearing on LB305 to create a state meat inspection agency was held. There was considerable support for this bill (including groups such as the Nebraska Cattlemen, Independent Cattlemen of Nebraska, Nebraska Farm Bureau, Nebraska Farmers’ Union, Nebraska Pork Producers, and Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association), and I appreciate the comments from many people in District 40 and around Nebraska. The hearing showcased the benefits of this program for producers, particularly those who are looking to expand into specialty and niche markets, and consumers who are interested in having more locally grown meat products.
LB383, which eliminates state aid to political subdivisions, was debated on the floor this week. While many senators expressed concerns about the potential impact on these political subdivisions and property taxes, there was a consensus that the State’s budget constraints required action of this type. LB383 cuts approximately $44 million over the next two years, and while this impacts many cities, counties, and NRDs, many of those governments have known that this type of cut was necessary and have been able to plan for the differences in their budgets.
Bills that have been advanced by the General Affairs Committee to general file for debate by the Legislature include LB314, which allows licensed retailers to sell wine tasting cards, and LB281, which allows alcohol consumption in chartered limousines and buses. A bill advanced by the Judiciary Committee this week is LB61, which further defines electronic intrusion of persons in a place of solitude or seclusion and increases the possible penalties. This intrusion includes viewing, recording, and live streaming of content on the Internet, and the bill prescribes even tougher penalties for persons who distribute this content. These bills will be debated on the floor next week.
Please feel free to contact my office with your questions and comments at (402) 471-2801 or email@example.com.
Senator Tyson Larson