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On January 4, 2012, the second session of the 102nd Nebraska Legislature convened, symbolizing the 75th Anniversary of the only unicameral legislature in the nation. I am excited for my second session as a member of the Legislature and hope to build on my achievements of last year. Last session, my bill, LB305, helped bring national attention to the issues regarding horse processing the U.S., and my priority bill, LB229, helped allocate more Environmental Trust Fund monies to water resources projects.
In addition to the carryover bills that were not addressed last session, senators have begun introducing new bills. This session, I introduced LB721, which seeks to include police animals owned by any county, city, or village under peace officer obstruction laws and police dog harassment laws. Current laws only protect police animals that are owned by the State of Nebraska used in assisting a Nebraska state trooper, and this bill will extend protection to all police animals.
LB857 requires grant recipients of monies from the Environmental Trust Fund who have purchased real estate with such grant funds and subsequently sold or transferred the property to repay the original grant amount. The repayment will be remitted to the Water Resources Cash Fund to support water resources projects. This legislation builds on LB229 from last session and works to ensure the best use of Environmental Trust Fund monies.
The Legislature will continue bill introduction until January 19 and will begin debate on carryover bills from last session this week.
Senator Tyson Larson