Dear Residents of the 40th District,
On Tuesday, we started full day debate on designated priority bills for this session. We will continue with full days of debate until session comes to an end on April 17. This Thursday, LB699 advanced from select file to final reading. Final reading is the last step in the legislative process where senators take the final vote on a bill, and if the bill passes, it will be sent on to the Governor. I anticipate LB699 will come up on final reading within the next few weeks. This bill is an important step to giving individuals with developmental disabilities the ability to participate in the sport of hunting and I am glad I was able to bring LB699 this session.
As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I have spent this past week with my fellow committee members preparing and voting on the final budget bills for this session. Three of the bills I introduced this session went before the Appropriations Committee to be considered as part of the overall budget requests for this year. I am happy to report that the Committee and I helped fund the requests I made in those bills.
LB874 and LB873 were bills to provide substantial funding to the Game and Parks Commission. Game and Parks has a long list of maintenance projects they need to complete across the state. However, due to insufficient funds, they haven’t had the resources to tackle many of these projects. The funding we will provide to Game and Parks will help improve state parks across our state and in our district. Ponca State Park will also be receiving money to update its swimming pool complex and to build new cabins. These improvements to Ponca State Park will help attract fellow Nebraskans and visitors from across the country to come and enjoy the beautiful natural settings we have in District 40.
Additionally, the Appropriations Committee decided to fully fund the request I made to give $12.5 million to the Department of Motor Vehicles. This money will allow the DMV to start the process of replacing their current, and very outdated, vehicle titling and registration system. Updating the current system will help the state streamline its vehicle titling and registration process and bring the overall system up to speed with current technological standards. This request and the rest of the proposed funding requests in the final budget bills will be discussed and voted on by the Legislature next week.
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Senator Tyson Larson