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January 25, 2013 Legislative Update
Dear Residents of the 40th District,
Bill introduction has concluded for this session, with a total of 655 bills and 11 constitutional amendment resolutions introduced. I have a total of fifteen bills this session and one constitutional amendment resolution that cover a wide variety of issues, including those brought to my attention by many of my constituents. One bill I introduced this week was LB597, which makes changes to certain statutes impacting county agricultural societies. LB597 would allow county agricultural societies to sell real estate without any restrictions. It would also allow county agricultural societies to purchase equipment with the money levied by a society.
Committee hearings began this week on bills that have been introduced. Two of my bills had hearings this week. LB60, which is the bill to exclude Knox County from the brand inspection area, went before the Agriculture Committee on Tuesday. Every Knox County resident who came to testify supported removing Knox County from the brand inspection area. Committee members had insightful questions as to how the brand inspection area works and why it would be beneficial to remove Knox County from the brand inspection area. The Agriculture Committee will soon hold a vote to determine if LB60 moves out of committee and on to the next step in the legislative process.
LB56 also received a hearing in front of the Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee. LB56 would allow for candidates in certain county officer races to automatically advance to the general election without a primary race if there are only two candidates running for each position, regardless of party affiliation. The Government, Military, and Veterans Affairs Committee will hold a vote to determine the next step for this bill.
As hearings continue for the next few months, I appreciate any comment or feedback you have on bills that are important to you. I will be hosting a meet and greet on Saturday, February 2, at 2pm at the Bloomfield Community Center to listen and discuss any questions or concerns that you have or any input you wish to give regarding bills that have been introduced this session. My office is always available to listen to your questions and concerns regarding issues that impact District 40. Please feel welcome to call, write, or visit the office that is here to represent and serve you at (402) 471-2801 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senator Tyson Larson