Dear Residents of the 40th District,
This week we continued with floor debate in the mornings, followed by hearings on new legislation in the afternoons. On Thursday and Friday the Legislature focused on select file bills, which are bills that have made it through one round of debate and are close to being passed by the full body. Two of my bills, LB56 and LB597, were on select file this week. Both were advanced to the last step in the legislative process on Thursday morning. I anticipate that both will be passed and sent to the Governor within the next few weeks.
Next week, three of my newly-introduced bills will have hearings. On Monday, LB698 will have a hearing in front of the Transportation and Telecommunications Committee. LB698 would allow landowners who want to mow or harvest hay on right-of-ways along state highways to apply for permits to do so every year, instead of every other year. Many of you contacted me this summer with questions and frustrations with the current statute, so I hope this piece of legislation can clarify some of the confusion and bring us in line with practices in other states.
I will also have two hearings in front of the Appropriations Committee, which is the Committee I am currently a member of. Both of these bills relate to appropriations to the Game and Parks Commission for parks improvement and maintenance. LB874 would provide funding to Ponca State Park to improve and update the swimming pool and to build new cabins for visitors to enjoy. Ponca State Park is such an important part of our district and I know this money would help the park upgrade its facilities, allowing people to enjoy the park for years to come. LB873 would be a more general appropriation to Game and Parks of fifteen million dollars to be used for park improvement and maintenance across the state. I look forward to the hearings on these bills on Tuesday.
Please feel welcome to call, write, or visit the office that is here to represent you at (402) 471-2801 or at email@example.com.
Senator Tyson Larson