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Bill introduction has concluded for this session with a total of 467 bills and six constitutional amendments being introduced. I introduced two more bills, LB1095 and LB1157. LB1095 allows for the reintroduction of the classic Beef State license plates, creating a new type of specialty license plate that is designed like the black and white Nebraska Beef State license plates used decades ago. This plate would be available under a system similar to the Husker license plates. LB1157 eliminates one of the requirements for reduction of late filing fees with the Accountability and Disclosure Commission.
Committee hearings have begun on the new bills. This week, the Judiciary Committee heard testimony on LB721, my bill redefining police animal to include dogs and horses owned by cities and counties. The bill had strong support at the hearing, and I expect this bill to advance.
The Agriculture Committee held hearings on LB770 and LB771, both introduced by Senator Tom Carlson of Holdredge, and voted to advance both bills to the full Legislature. LB770 amends the Nebraska Seed Law to clarify the definition of noxious weed seeds in the Nebraska Seed Law so that it matches the list of noxious weeds designated by the Department of Agriculture under Nebraska’s Noxious Weed Control Act. LB771 updates the Nebraska Pure Food Act to incorporate provisions from the 2009 Food Code. The law currently has provisions from the 2005 Food Code. I voted in support of both of these bills and will continue to support them in debate by the full Legislature.
Senator Tyson Larson