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May 24, 2013 Legislative Update
Dear Residents of the 40th District,
This Monday marked the 80th day of session and only a few legislative work days remain. This is the time when the agenda is focused on moving the bills that are on select file to final reading so they can be approved or vetoed by the Governor. The Legislature is also required to submit the final budget to the Governor by Day 80, so Monday’s debate was centered around the budget bills and getting them through the final step of the legislative process. After additional debate, the Legislature successfully passed the seven bills that make up our proposed budget and presented them to the Governor for his consideration.
In addition to finalizing the budget, the Legislature also debated LB104, which is a bill to create tax incentives for those looking to invest in renewable energy projects. This will encourage individuals or businesses who invest or are looking to invest in renewable energy projects to come to Nebraska. I have supported LB104 up to this point because I know it will help develop these kinds of projects in Holt and Dixon Counties. I look forward to the continued debate on this bill and I believe that it is an important piece of legislation to further economic growth in our state.
After session ends for the year, senators’ offices have the opportunity to research different issues to generate ideas for future legislation. I submitted two interim study resolutions that will be focuses for my office in the coming months. One of the interim study resolutions looks at changing the age of majority from nineteen years of age to eighteen years of age. Nebraska is only one of three states that has its age of majority set at nineteen or older, and lowering the age of majority to eighteen could result in significant cost savings for our state over time. I introduced a bill this session to lower the age of majority to eighteen and this interim study will continue the progress my office and I have made on this issue.
The second interim study resolution I introduced proposes to review Nebraska’s drainage statutes, specifically those that govern drainage by neighboring landowners. Several of you have contacted my office over the past few months with concerns about the construction of new tile drains or ditches by neighboring property owners that, over time, impact your land. The statutes that govern drainage procedures by neighboring landowners have not been updated in some time, and the interim study I submitted will investigate the best ways to improve these statutes to help landowners resolve drainage problems as effectively as possible.
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 email@example.com.
Senator Tyson Larson