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Dear Residents of the 40th District,
With only a few more weeks of session remaining, the Legislature began its late night schedule this week. Late nights give us more time to get through the day’s agenda and will allow us to tackle as many bills as we can until we adjourn on Day 60. On Wednesday, we debated the second round of the three budget bills put forward by the Appropriations Committee. There was some additional discussion on some items in the mainline budget bill, but in the end all three bills have been advanced to final reading. I look forward to their eventual passage and am proud of the work our Committee accomplished this session.
On Tuesday, we spent the afternoon and first late night session discussing LB887, which is the bill brought by Senator Campbell to expand the state’s Medicaid program. As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I have been concerned about the fiscal impact an expanded Medicaid program would have on our state over the long-run. I also received a large number of phone calls and emails from our district in opposition to this bill. I decided to vote no on the cloture vote that would have ended debate on LB887. The bill was debated for eight hours before it was removed from the agenda after the cloture vote failed.
In addition to the budget and LB887, the Legislature moved through several bills on general and select file this week. On Thursday evening, we discussed Senator Karpisek’s proposal to change how the state undertakes its redistricting process. The Legislature also continued debate on Senator Murante’s LB946, which is one of the bills I mentioned last week. This bill makes several changes to election law in our state and advanced to final reading on Thursday as well. I anticipate that my priority bill, LB1058, will be on the agenda in the next few weeks. LB1058 would provide Nebraska with the option of electing the President of the United States by national popular vote.
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Senator Tyson Larson