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The Natural Resources Committee held a public hearing on LB857, a bill I introduced to ensure more accountability for Nebraska Environmental Trust grant funds that are used for purchases of real estate. LB857 works to address concerns about revolving grant funds where groups are able to sell real property they purchased with grant funds and reinvest in additional property with the revenue generated by the sale. In addition, LB857 would address Environmental Trust grants being used for purchases of real estate where the land is subsequently sold or donated to the federal government for management. I have been diligently working with the members of the Natural Resources Committee and groups who have previously applied for Environmental Trust grants to properly address these concerns, and I am confident that an agreement can be reached that does so.
The Transportation Committee held a public hearing on LB1095, a bill I introduced to offer Beef State license plates as a specialty plate available to all Nebraskans. These license plates would show our appreciation for agriculture and the beef industry, and like many of you, I look forward to having a Beef State license plate on my vehicle.
The Legislature debated and advanced several bills this week. LB1118, introduced by Senator Abbie Cornett of Bellevue, provides tax incentives under the Nebraska Advantage Act for large data center projects, which will encourage business growth in Nebraska. LR40CA, introduced by Senator Pete Pirsch of Omaha, was also advanced. LR40CA would propose a constitutional amendment to protect the right to hunt and fish in Nebraska, subject to personal property rights as well as wildlife conservation and management that preserve the right to hunt and fish. In light of increasing attacks on sportsmen by various animal rights groups, this amendment would protect traditional recreation activities that are so important to our state’s heritage.
Senator Tyson Larson