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April 26, 2013 Legislative Update
Dear Residents of the 40th District,
The Legislature has had another busy week of floor debate on a variety of pressing issues. On Monday, we began our discussions on LB407 which makes changes to the Tax Equity and Educational Opportunities Support Act, abbreviated as TEEOSA. The state uses the TEEOSA formula to determine funding levels for Nebraska’s public education. LB407 would make several changes to the TEEOSA formula to help make education funding more equal among the urban and rural counties throughout the state. The bill also ensures that the funding level proposed by the TEEOSA formula this year can be sustained by the state’s budget. The discussion on the bill was lengthy and I anticipate further debate on the bill.
As I mentioned last week, the Speaker created a consent calendar for a number of bills that are deemed to be non-controversial, but important, pieces of legislation. One of my bills, LB59, was placed on consent calendar and advanced on Wednesday to the final step of the legislative process. LB59 raise the percentage of business a crop insurance agent can undertake with family and business interests from 10% of the agent’s total business to 30% of an agent’s total business. This would allow crop insurance agents to do more business with family members and would keep agents in compliance with the Federal Crop Insurance Act. I look forward to taking this bill through final reading in the next few weeks.
My office had the privilege of hosting six high school juniors and seniors from District 40 for our Student Senate Program on Tuesday and Wednesday. Our students and a group of students from District 47 spent two days in Lincoln meeting with state officials, observing the Legislature in action, and debating the pros and cons of repealing the state’s death penalty. My staff and I were incredibly impressed with the students and their passion for state politics. I hope to continue this program next year for additional students who are interested.
Next week another one of the bills I introduced, LB354, will be debated on the floor. LB354 will make significant changes to the Nebraska Corn Board. It would give grower members the opportunity to vote for their board members and would allow growers the opportunity to ask for a refund of checkoff dollars they pay to the Corn Board. LB354 also gives grower members the ability to raise the checkoff rate through a referendum and would take the Corn Board’s operations out of state government. I am looking forward to bringing this bill to the floor and am anticipating a robust debate on these proposed reforms.
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