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Sen. Tyson Larson

Sen. Tyson Larson

District 40

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Dear Residents of the 40th District,

The Legislature spent considerable time this week debating LB20, an important piece of legislation that provides for a electronic system to stop sales of methamphetamine precursors to persons who have already purchased amounts exceeding the statutory limits. The electronic system is already used in several other states and is provided to retailers by manufacturers of these medications, and I believe Nebraska should follow their lead as soon as possible.

The Legislature also passed its first legislation this session, with LB158, which restricts the re-taking of a driving examination for a Class O or Class M license and expands the use of on-line driver license renewal, and LB67, which clarifies that enforcement of a violation of a child safety seat for children up to age 6 is a primary traffic violation. The Legislature also passed LB18e, which implements the federal funding to schools provided to the State of Nebraska from the Education Jobs Fund. According to this bill, the fund will be allocated according to the Tax Equity and Educational Opportunities Support Act to equalized school districts in Nebraska.

On Monday, February 7, the Business and Labor Committee will hold a public hearing on my bill, LB619, which eliminates school district, educational service unit, and learning community employees from the jurisdiction of the Commission on Industrial Relations. Reform of the commission is needed to rein in the costs of public employee compensation packages. Several other Senators have also introduced legislation addressed at these reforms. These eight legislative bills and one legislation resolution change procedures that the commission uses, alter jurisdiction of the commission to omit certain public employees, or eliminate the commission or the right to bargain collectively. The Legislature will face many tough decisions ahead of us in regard to this issue.

On Tuesday, February 8, the Agriculture Committee will hold its public hearing on two of my bills, LB305 and LB306, providing for a state meat inspection agency and providing for penalties for humane societies and rescues which fail to accept care of an unwanted horse, respectively. These issues have been among my main priorities this session, and I look forward to the testimony presented at Tuesday’s hearing.

Please feel free to contact my office with your questions and comments at (402) 471-2801 or tlarson@leg.ne.gov.

Best Wishes,

Senator Tyson Larson

Dear Residents of the 40th District,

This past week, the Judiciary Committee heard testimony on several bills relating to the court system in Nebraska. LB251, which would increase court filing fees; LB301, which would increase probation fees; and LB302, which calls for a study by the Supreme Court on the efficiency and potential reorganization of Nebraska’s courts. All of the bills direct our attention to the budgetary concerns encumbered by the judicial branch. While these concerns must be addressed, I am committed to ensuring that the citizens of rural Nebraska maintain a satisfactory level of access to the court system and to a system that provides access to justice for all of our residents.

Another bill affecting many residents in District 40 is LB181. This bill establishes a surcharge, not to exceed $20, for increased mileage costs associated with brand inspection. The Brand Inspection Committee has seen dramatically increased transportation costs, and LB181 would alleviate these concerns and ensure that inspectors would be able to travel to all producers requiring inspections. The Brand Inspection Committee performs essential functions and those of us in the brand area must continue to support them.

On general file, the Legislature debated LB81, introduced by Bellevue Senator Abbie Cornett, which would prohibit cities from levying a motor vehicle registration fee on nonresidents. This type of taxation is unfair to those who already pay taxes in their own municipalities, and cities, while budget concerns are prevalent, should not be allowed to tax those who are unable to vote in that city.

Please feel free to contact my office with your questions and comments at (402) 471-2801 or tlarson@leg.ne.gov.

Best Wishes,

Senator Tyson Larson

Dear Residents of the 40th District,

This week the Legislature concluded introduction of new bills. State Senators introduced a total of 698 legislative bills and 56 legislative resolutions that we will address this session.

This week I introduced two additional legislative bills: LB619 and LB620. LB619 restricts the jurisdiction of the Commission on Industrial Relations so that disputes involving school employees will no longer be addressed by the Commission. LB620 introduces a flat income tax in Nebraska, which is designed to lower the corporate income tax, spur business investment, simplify the individual income tax system.

The Judiciary committee on which I sit heard a number of very important bills this week and moved three of them to the floor of the legislature for full debate. LB19, introduced by Senator McCoy, would outlaw the substance known as K2 (synthetic marijuana).  K2 use has increased substantially in Nebraska and is a leading to contributor to the state’s drug problems. The committee also advanced LB20 and LB157–the former, which was also introduced by Senator McCoy, aims to limit the sale of methamphetamine precursors and the latter, which was put forward by Senator Coash, would institute changes in the state’s Guardian and Conservatorship provisions.

The standing committees of the Legislature have also begun holding their public hearings on newly introduced legislation. The Agriculture Committee has scheduled public hearings for two of my bills–LB305, which would create a state agency for meat inspection, and LB306, which would introduce penalties for the failure of rescue organizations to accept unwanted horses.  The hearings will take place on February 8, 2011, at 1:30 p.m. at the State Capitol.

Please feel free to contact my office with your questions and comments.

Best Wishes,

Senator Tyson Larson

Dear Residents of the 40th District,

This week I have introduced three legislative bills: LB253, LB305, and LB306.

LB253 repeals a tax credit on previously paid property tax available to wind energy generating facilities. This legislation would help alleviate budgetary concerns of school districts, townships, and counties affected by the property tax revenues from the wind farm near Bloomfield.

LB305 authorizes the Department of Agriculture to develop and implement a State Meat Inspection Agency by the year 2013. A state meat inspection program will stimulate economic development opportunities for many rural areas and encourage smaller processors to expand their operations, create jobs, and grow our rural and agricultural economy. Additionally, state inspection will allow these processors to meet the demand for horse processing, responding to the federal government’s disallowing funding for federal inspection of horse processing.

LB306 will require humane societies and rescue shelters to accept unwanted or abandoned horses presented to them by individuals or law enforcement agencies, contributing to fostering a culture of humane treatment for animals.

Next week I plan to introduce more legislation, including a bill changing our progressive income tax rates to a flat tax rate for individual and corporate income taxes in order to ensure added economic growth in rural Nebraska.

I have also been working hard with other Senators to help ease the property tax burden on rural landowners. That is why I was extremely pleased to see that Governor Heineman appropriated $230 million in his budget forecast to the Property Tax Credit Program. This money is essential to rural agricultural producers, and I will do my utmost to ensure it stays in the Legislature’s budget.

I welcome your comments on these pieces of legislation as well as other bills introduced this past week.

Best Wishes,

Senator Tyson Larson

Dear Residents of the 40th District,

I would like to thank all of you for the support you have shown me since the November election.

On January 5, 2011, I was sworn in as the Senator from the 40th District. When the first session of the 102nd Legislature convened, my staff and I have been extremely busy in Lincoln preparing bills, learning the “tricks of the trade” and relocating to our new office in the State Capitol Building.

It was to my great delight to have been selected to serve on three standing committees: Agriculture, General Affairs, and Judiciary. The Agriculture Committee is responsible for all legislation dealing with livestock, warehouses, products and food, cooperatives, fertilizer, weeds, and the Department of Agriculture. The General Affairs Committee is responsible for legislation relating to gambling, liquor, libraries, and cemeteries. The Judiciary Committee is responsible for legislation about the courts, judges, crimes and punishments, criminal procedure, real property, marriage, child support, liens, tort claims, and abortion. All three of these committees are extremely important and looked upon in Lincoln with high regard; and I am excited to address the issues presented in each of these committees.

As the youngest member of the Legislature, I have also been selected to serve as the Chair of the Enrollment and Review Committee, a select committee that oversees certain procedural matters.

Currently, I am finishing the drafting of new legislation that I plan to introduce during the first ten days of the session, and I appreciate any comments or feedback on issues important to you. You should always feel welcome to call, write, or come to the office that is there to represent and serve you.

Best Wishes,

Senator Tyson Larson

Sen. Tyson Larson

District 40
Room #1019
P.O. Box 94604
Lincoln, NE 68509
Phone: (402) 471-2801
Email: tlarson@leg.ne.gov
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