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January 11th, 2013 Legislative Update
Dear Residents of the 40th District,
On January 9, 2013, the first session of the 103rd Legislature convened and I began my third year representing our district. The first few days of session have been busy ones as the Legislature has finalized committee assignments and has started the bill introduction process. For the next two years, I have been selected to serve as a member of the Appropriations Committee. This committee is responsible for processing legislation that impacts the State’s budget and its spending. I look forward to the work this committee will undergo throughout the next ninety days.
Senators are allowed the first ten days of session to introduce new bills. This week I introduced five bills and one constitutional amendment resolution, including LB58, also known as the Workplace Privacy Act. This bill restricts employers from asking that an employee or applicant grant the employer access to his or her private social networking profile or account information. Laws similar to this bill have recently been passed in several other states. If passed, this law will prevent employers from turning down applicants simply for refusing to provide the employer access to their private social networking information.
In addition, I have introduced LB60 which would remove Knox County from the brand inspection area. Currently, Knox County is the one county in Nebraska that is split, with only a portion of the county inside the brand inspection area. In October, a town hall meeting was held in Bloomfield where the overwhelming majority of those in attendance vocalized their preference that all of Knox County be removed from the brand inspection area.
The Legislature will continue bill introduction until January 23 and will begin public hearings on bills that have been introduced starting January 22.
If you have any questions regarding legislation introduced or any other issue, please contact my office at (402) 471-2801 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senator Tyson Larson