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Last session, one of my priorities was LB305, which was passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor. LB305 required the Nebraska Department of Agriculture to study implementation of a state meat inspection program. The Department has completed its report and can be accessed online at http://www.agr.state.ne.us/. One impetus for this legislation was the need for the reintroduction of horse processing in the U.S. Due to the national attention regarding the consequences stemming from the lack of horse processing, including for legislation such as LB305, action was taken by Congress. Last week Congress passed appropriations legislation, which was signed by President Obama, that funded federal inspection of horse processing facilities for the first time since fiscal year 2006. This allows for the reintroduction of horse processing in the U.S. and is a positive step forward for agriculture.
In special session, the Legislature debated LB1, which establishes a siting procedure with the Public Service Commission, and LB4, which authorizes DEQ to conduct an environmental impact study of the new route of the Keystone XL pipeline. These two bills have been advanced to final reading, and the Legislature will likely pass these bills and adjourn the special session before Thanksgiving. I support both LB1 and LB4.
Senator Tyson Larson