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Dear Residents of the 40th District,
We are officially one-quarter of the way through this short session and passed our first round of bills this Friday. One of the bills we sent to the Governor is LB597, which is a bill I introduced last year to make some changes to the statutes governing county agricultural societies. I anticipate the Governor will sign this bill and I am glad I had the opportunity to usher this bill through the legislative process. I believe it will benefit many of the agricultural societies across our state.
As I mentioned in my last update, three of my bills went up for hearings this week. On Monday, I had a very successful hearing in front of the Transportation and Telecommunications Committee on LB698. This bill would allow landowners to apply for hay harvest permits every year instead of every other year. There was no opposition testimony at the hearing and the bill was advanced out of committee with strong support.
I also had two hearings in front of the Appropriations Committee on Tuesday. Both of these bills were to provide funding for the Game and Parks Commission to improve the state’s parks system. The positive testimony at the hearing reinforced the importance of maintaining and improving our parks and how invaluable our park system is to Nebraska. I am eager to continue discussions with my fellow Appropriations members on how best to implement the funding requests in these bills.
Next week, I will have another hearing in front of the Appropriations Committee on LB738, which is a bill I introduced to provide funding to the Department of Motor Vehicles so they can begin the process of updating their Vehicle Title Registration system. The current system is outdated and needs to be brought up to speed with today’s technological standards. I know this bill will be a first step in the right direction to giving the DMV the funding it needs to move forward with this update.
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Senator Tyson Larson