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February 15, 2013 Legislative Update
Dear Residents of the 40th District,
Committee hearings and floor debate have continued throughout this fifth full week of session. On Monday, we saw the first round of bills complete the legislative process, which were then signed into law by the Governor. As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I have been attending meetings with my fellow Committee members every afternoon to go over the proposed state budget and various agency spending requests. The Appropriations Committee will begin to hold hearings on appropriations bills soon and I look forward to the work this Committee will continue to bring over the next few months.
This week I had a hearing in front of the Natural Resources Committee on LB57. LB 57 requires that the Nebraska Environmental Trust approve any use of its funds given to grant recipients to buy and sell property. The Nebraska Environmental Trust would also have to approve any transfer of property purchased with the Trust’s funds to the federal government and provide a sum of money to the county to make up for any lost property tax income. The intent of this bill is to provide the Environmental Trust with additional oversight mechanisms so it can ensure that its state funds are being used appropriately. LB57 will be put to a vote by the members of the Natural Resources Committee soon and I hope this bill advances to the floor for further debate.
Next Tuesday, I will be introducing LB59 to the Banking, Commerce, and Insurance Committee. LB59 would raise the percentage of business a crop insurance agent can undertake with himself or herself, immediate relatives, or employers and employees from 10% of an agent’s total business to 30% of an agent’s total business. The idea for this bill was brought to me by an individual who owns his own crop insurance agency and wanted to see these percentage requirements raised to meet both what the Federal Crop Insurance Act allows and what most other states allow.
I enjoy hearing your comments or feedback on issues that are important to the people of Legislative 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 a firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senator Tyson Larson