Dear Residents of the 40th District,
As the halfway point of session nears, the Legislature has begun debate on senators’ individual priority bills. Each senator is allowed to select one bill as their own personal priority bill, and it helps guarantee that the bill selected will be debated by the full body. This week we spent some time debating LB438, which was prioritized and introduced by Speaker Greg Adams of District 24. This bill’s goal is to identify and assist low-performing school districts and to focus efforts on improving those districts. Senators engaged in important discussions regarding Nebraska’s education system and what can be done to improve schools across the state.
The Legislature also passed another one of my bills this week, LB56, and sent it to the Governor for his signature. LB56 allows the automatic advancement of partisan candidates to the general election if the candidate is running unopposed in a party’s primary. This change would apply to county office races. Additionally, I recieved LB597 back from the Governor this week with his approval. This bill made changes to the statutes governing county agricultural societies and I am glad these societies will be able to take advantage these new aspects of the law.
On Thursday I had my last bill hearing of the session in front of the Appropriations Committee. LB738 would appropriate money to the Department of Motor Vehicles to help them fund a new Vehicle Titling and Registration System. The current system was put together in the late 1980s and needs significant updates to keep up with changing technology and motor vehicle processing. The DMV has taken preliminary steps to identify a replacement system and these funds would allow them to continue with their work and, eventually, purchase a new system. The hearing went very well and I look forward to discussing this bill with fellow Appropriations Committee members.
If you have any questions regarding legislation introduced or any other issue, please contact my office at (402) 471-2801 or at email@example.com.
Senator Tyson Larson