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Dear Residents of the 40th District,
The Legislature advanced the redistricting proposals of the Redistricting Committee for the Congressional and legislative districts after considerable debate. Amended maps were not adopted, though changes could still be presented on the next round of debate.
LB629, introduced by Senator Kate Sullivan of Cedar Rapids, adopts the Oil Pipeline Reclamation Act. LB629 was debated and advanced by the Legislature. In district 40, there has been positive feedback from the first pipeline construction due to increased economic activity and the responsible practices of TransCanada. However, the fragility of the Sandhills is a serious concern. The kind of regulation contained in LB629 will ensure that an oil company will be responsible and will have to fix any ongoing or future land restoration issues. The pipeline has created a positive impact thus far in Nebraska, and this additional route can result in similar positive impacts. LB629 is a right step in ensuring that.
LB397, introduced by Senator Steve Lathrop of Omaha, was also debated and advanced. In prior debate, myself and several of my colleagues expressed concerns with the provisions of LB397. However, Senators and many interest groups developed a compromise, which was adopted by the Legislature. In this compromise, the Commission on Industrial Relations will be allowed to consider all benefits of employment, including health insurance and pensions. LB397 also more appropriately specifies who can be considered comparable employers and allows more flexibility in determining compensation. These provisions will likely result in cost savings to public employers, a main goal of this reform.
Please feel free to contact my office with your questions and comments at (402) 471-2801 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senator Tyson Larson