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Dear Residents of the 40th District,
The first session of the 103rd Legislature is almost to the halfway mark. This week on the floor we wrapped up a lengthy debate on horseracing and advanced a constitutional amendment on that subject to select file. We will also begin debate on bills that senators have prioritized this session. I have decided to prioritize LB57, which is a bill that would expand the oversight authority of the Nebraska Environmental Trust (NET) when its funds are used by grantees to purchase real property. It would also provide that counties would be reimbursed for lost tax revenue when NET-funded property is ever sold or transferred to a federal land management agency.
This week I introduced three bills to the Judiciary Committee, including LB204, which is a bill that creates stricter requirements for reporting cases of animal abuse. Any observed incident of animal mistreatment, cruelty, or neglect would have to be reported within 24 hours of witnessing the abuse. The bill creates penalties for individuals who try and gain employment at an animal facility with the intent to disrupt the operations of that facility. The purpose of this bill is to prevent applicants from misrepresenting themselves to get jobs that would allow them to cause economic harm to an animal facility’s operations.
Additionally, I introduced LB247 and LB355 to the Judiciary Committee on Friday. LB247 would allow judges additional flexibility when it comes to ordering parents to pay child support for a child who is placed with a state agency or is ordered to undergo medical or psychological treatment. LB355 would change the age of majority from its current nineteen years old to eighteen years old. Nebraska is one of only three states that has an age of majority over eighteen years old. I believe that if you are able to vote, enlist in the military, and make other major life choices at eighteen, you should have the all of the rights afforded to adults in Nebraska as well.
Another one of my bills, LB354, was voted out of the Agriculture Committee on Tuesday and was selected as a priority bill for Senator Scott Lautenbaugh of Omaha. LB354 is a bill to restructure the Nebraska Corn Board. It will allow grower members to elect their board members and would create a right to a refund on any checkoff dollars paid by a corn grower. LB354 would also allow corn grower members to raise the checkoff through a referendum. This bill would make significant and important changes to the Corn Board and would provide additional accountability and oversight to the Board as a whole.
I enjoy hearing your comments or feedback on issues that are important to the people of Legislative District 40. Please feel free 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