Dear Residents of the 40th District,
Several big issues were tackled this week and with only a few days of session remaining, we are continuing our work into the late night hours. On Tuesday, we spent most of the morning and part of the afternoon discussing overriding various vetoes made by the Governor on the three budget bills. The Appropriations Committee recommended overrides on the majority of the vetoes made, including the vetoes on replacing the Capitol HVAC system, on the funding to Game and Parks, and on the funding to behavioral health aid and job training, among others. The recommended veto overrides were successful and signified the close to this year’s budget process.
We also debated overriding the Governor’s veto on LB671, which is the bill introduced by Senator Chambers to ban mountain lion hunting. This is a bill I have been opposed to throughout session and I could not support the veto override motion. The motion to override the Governor’s veto failed on Thursday and Game and Parks can continue to regulate mountain lion hunting in our state. I believe it is incredibly important to allow for a mountain lion hunting season to protect our livestock and agriculture industry throughout Nebraska.
In addition to discussing veto overrides, we continued debate on various priority bills. LB1058 was the bill I selected as my priority for this session. After hearing from my constituents and others across the state, I decided to remove it from the agenda this session. My goal with this bill is to ensure the voice of Nebraskans is as strong as possible when it comes to electing the President of the United States and that every vote matters. I believe the concepts outlined in LB1058 are a strong step in that direction. I have requested that the Government, Military, and Veterans Affairs Committee hold public hearings on the National Popular Vote proposal this interim to answer the questions posed to me about LB1058. I look forward to working on this issue during the upcoming months.
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