Dear Residents of the 40th District,
On Monday we reached Day 40 of our 60 day session, marking the start of the final weeks of debate here in Lincoln. Our priority this week was to get the budget bills through general file. We advanced all three bills on Tuesday. There was much discussion generated regarding certain items in the mainline budget bill and I anticipate we will see more debate when the bills come up again on select file. I am happy that my funding requests for Game and Parks and the DMV made it into these bills and I look forward to the budget advancing again within the next few weeks.
In addition to the funding going to Game and Parks and the DMV, the Appropriations Committee also considered the funding requests that resulted from the Water Funding Task Force that met this interim. LB906, one of the three budget bills being debated this year, creates the Water Sustainability Fund that will be managed by the Department of Natural Resources. The bill will appropriate $21 million to the Water Sustainability Fund this year, and an additional $11 million will be appropriated each fiscal year starting in 2015-2016. This Fund will help Nebraska with its current and future water issues and I believe this is an important priority for the state going forward.
We also debated LB946, which is a bill brought by Senator Murante that makes several changes to election laws in our state. Included in this bill are provisions to change the number of school board members for Class II and Class III school districts, changes the wages received by the counting board for counting ballots for school district bonds, and allows for Class IV and Class V school districts to hold special elections in conjunction with primary or general elections held in cities of the primary or metropolitan classes. These changes, among others, would help streamline elections processes across the state. I support this bill and I look forward to advancing it to final reading.
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