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The Legislature is at the halfway point for this session, and this past week, priority bills were chosen by the senators and the standing committees. Speaker Flood will also soon be determining the twenty five speaker priority bills for this session. Debate by the Legislature will likely only address prioritized legislation from this point forward. I prioritized LB806, which was introduced by Senator Scott Lautenbaugh of Omaha. LB806 will allow Nebraska licensed horse racing premises the ability to install and operate Instant Racing Terminals for wagering on historic horse races. LB806 benefits the horse racing industry in Nebraska, which is a very important industry for agriculture and rural areas. Promoting the horse racing industry provides for more jobs and revenue throughout the state. I strongly support this bill and look forward to debate by the full Legislature. For a full listing of the bills that have been chosen as senator or committee priorities, please visit the Legislature’s website: http://www.nebraskalegislature.gov/session/priority.php.
LB686, introduced by Senator Ken Schilz of Ogallala, was debated and advanced. As amended, LB686 allows persons with a doctorate degree with an emphasis in reproductive physiology from an accredited college or university and can show proof of valid professional liability insurance to perform embryos transfers on bovine animals. Allowing additional persons with appropriate training will encourage bovine embryo transfers to be more available to our beef producers in the state, and I support passage of this bill.
Senator Tyson Larson