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Dear Residents of the 40th District,
Today concludes the first full week of session. On Monday, the Legislature began discussing bills that were introduced last year but had not yet been debated on the floor. One of my bills from last year, LB56, was debated on Tuesday and was advanced to the next step in the legislative process. LB56 would allow candidates for county office to automatically advance to the general election and bypass the primary process if the candidate was running unopposed for his or her party’s nomination. We had good policy discussions on the floor and I look forward to future debate on this bill.
Senators continued to introduce new legislation this week as well. I introduced two more bills this week, LB873 and LB874. Both bills appropriate money to the Game and Parks Commission to help build up our state’s parks system. LB873 is a bill that provides general funding to Game and Parks for park improvement and maintenance. LB874 gives money to the Commission to help improve Ponca State Park which is located in our district. This bill will help fund improvements to the Park’s swimming pool and help build twelve new camper-cabins for visitors to use and enjoy. Ponca State Park is important to District 40 and to Nebraska, and I hope this bill will help better an already outstanding part of our state.
As I mentioned last week, hearings for newly introduced legislation will being on Tuesday, January 21st. One of my first hearings will take place on Wednesday, January 22nd, for LB699. LB699 was an idea brought to me by one of my constituents who provides opportunities for youth with special needs to participate in supervised hunting programs. Current law restricts individuals with disabilities from obtaining hunting permits. Other states have exemptions similar to the one proposed in LB699, and I am hopeful that this bill will give individuals with special needs the opportunity to participate in this sport.
If you have any questions regarding legislation introduced or any other issue, please contact my office at (402) 471-2801 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senator Tyson Larson