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May 3, 2013 Legislative Update
Dear Residents of the 40th District,
The first session of the 103rd Legislature has passed the 70 day mark, and with less than 20 days left there is still much to discuss on the floor. Next week we will be focusing on the budget bills that were voted out of the Appropriations Committee on Monday. I am looking forward to discussing the various aspects of the proposed budget that will fund the state for the two upcoming fiscal years. I have enjoyed my time on the Appropriations Committee this year and anticipate a lively debate on our committee’s work.
On Tuesday, the Legislature debated LB354, which a bill I introduced to restructure the Nebraska Corn Board. The bill would make significant changes to the Corn Board, including adding a referendum option to raise the checkoff rate, allowing board members to be elected, permitting a right of refund on checkoff monies paid, and finally, to remove the Corn Board from state government. Debate on LB354 lasted most of the afternoon and no vote was taken on the bill. I, along with the Agriculture Committee, will be working to make some changes to enhance the bill’s goals of putting more control of the Corn Board’s operations into the hands of corn growers throughout the state. I believe LB354 serves an important purpose and will be beneficial to further develop and market our state’s agricultural economy.
Bills that have been placed on consent calendar have made it to the final stage of the legislative process, called final reading. After the bill is read for its “final” time, a vote is taken to pass or reject the bill in its entirety. Those bills that pass final reading then go to the Governor for his signature or veto. One of my bills, LB59, has made it to the final reading stage and I am looking forward to sending this piece of legislation to the Governor for his approval. LB59 would 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 remove some of the disadvantages small, rural crop insurance agents face with a 10% cap in place.
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 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senator Tyson Larson