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Dear Residents of the 40th District,
The Legislature voted to pass LB600 this past week over the objections of Governor Heineman. LB 600 adopts the Nursing Facility Quality Assurance Assessment Act, which allows for an assessment to be paid by nursing homes to ensure matching funds for federal reimbursement. With LB600, nursing homes will be more adequately reimbursed for Medicaid expenses due to access to federal funds, thereby benefiting privately paying residents of these nursing homes and alleviating the burden on the state. LB600 will reduce nursing home facility losses and ensure care for our State’s nursing home residents.
Two bills that have been prioritized for this session and relate to abortion are currently stalled in the Judiciary Committee. LB690, introduced by Senator Lydia Brasch of Bancroft, changes current law to require notarized written consent from a pregnant woman less than eighteen years of age and one of her parents or a legal guardian before obtaining an abortion. LB521, introduced by Senator Tony Fulton of Lincoln, would prevent abortion providers from administering chemical abortions through use of web-cams and instead requires the presence of a physician. I fully support both of these bills and am continuing to work with the other members of the Committee to advance them to debate before the Legislature.
The Appropriations Committee has also released the Biennial Budget for 2011-2012 and 2012-2013. Speaker Mike Flood of Norfolk has also scheduled debate of several budget bills for Monday, May 2, and continuing on throughout the week. These bills relate to salaries of legislators and state constitutional officers, capital construction, and various state government expenses. For more information, a copy of the Appropriations Committee report can be accessed at the Nebraska Legislature’s website: http://nebraskalegislature.gov/.
Please feel free to contact my office with your questions and comments at (402) 471-2801 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senator Tyson Larson