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May 17, 2013 Legislative Update
Dear Residents of the 40th District,
The Legislature is moving into its final weeks of session and we are continuing to debate a number of important issues. On Monday the body discussed LB543, which is a bill introduced by Senator Chambers to repeal Nebraska’s death penalty. This bill would have prohibited the state from sentencing anyone to death, but instead require a sentence of life with or without the possibility of parole. There was much debate on the issue and on the various amendments that were offered. However, there was not a final vote taken on the bill.
Last week, after extensive debate, the budget bills were advanced to the next step in the legislative process. This week, the Legislature voted on the seven bills again to advance them to the final step of the legislative process and will likely be passed by the body sometime next week. The Legislature also spent time discussing LB553, which is the bill addressing the school teachers retirement system. The Governor vetoed the bill and called for a study of the retirement system as a whole and on how to improve the system before any long-term changes were made to it. On Tuesday, the Legislature voted to override the Governor’s veto on the bill.
Another bill that was discussed this week was LB568, which is a bill introduced by Senator Burke Harr to create the Health Insurance Exchange Navigator Licensure Act. This bill would require that those groups or individuals who want to help Nebraska residents with insurance programs available to them on the state’s healthcare exchange be licensed by the state. With all of the changes to the nation’s healthcare system, it is important to make sure that accurate information is provided by those helping individuals navigate this complex process. It is also important to ensure that the state is monitoring these groups or individuals who are essentially acting as insurance agents for the purpose of the state’s healthcare exchange. I support this bill and hope to see it advance.
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