Discussion on the proposed budget bills began this week. The bills that were introduced by Speaker Adams, at the request of the Governor, include LB’s 194, 195, 196, 197, 198, 199, and 200. These bills appropriate funds for salaries of members of the Legislature; salaries of constitutional officers; funds for state government expenses; funds for capital construction and property acquisition; provide fund transfers, create funds and authorize the sale of land; provide for transfers from the Cash Reserve Fund; and provide for deficit appropriations.
Passed into Law:
LB 44 changes sentences for juveniles convicted of first-degree murder. Juveniles could be sentenced to a minimum 40 years to life, with eligibility for parole after 20 years.
LB 69 changes provisions of the Pesticide Act by changing the calculation registration fees.
LB 99 changes provisions relating to racial profiling and review of motor vehicle stops and allegations of racial profiling.
LB 154 redefines road assistance vehicle relating to drivers’ duties to move over. The bill includes utility vehicles in the definition of roadside assistance vehicle, which requires drivers to exercise due care and caution and yield the right of way, to move over, when approaching certain vehicles with flashing lights activated on the road.
LB 223 redefines utility-type vehicles to accommodate new 4-passenger models by increasing the length of vehicles allowable under the definition of utility-type from 135 inches to 180 inches.
LB 277 changes provisions relating to presentation of a false medicaid claim.
LB 329 changes provisions relating to criminal offenses against animals.
LB 377 provides that when a city or village annexes a county road any easements held by the county for road purposes are transferred.
LB 384 establishes a commission to provide oversight, recommendations and transparency regarding implementation and operation of an insurance exchange.
LB 386 clarifies the process counties use to construct, maintain, and improve drainage facilities on public roads to protect private property owners’ interests.
LB 407 changes calculation provisions under the Tax Equity and Educational Opportunities Support Act.
LB 423 amends the Livestock Animal Welfare Act by inserting protocols for the disposition of livestock animals seized under warranted entry in cruelty/neglect instances. It also adds the provisions of LB 544, my bill that requires notification of a confirmed diagnosis of bovine trichomoniasis.
LB 435 (my bill) provides for out-of state brand permits under the Livestock Brand Act.
LB 458 requires general acute hospitals to offer tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis vaccinations to all hospital employees because of their contact with patients or infective material from patients.
LB 459 requires certain health care facilities to offer on-site vaccination services in order to prevent, detect, and control diptheria, tetanus, and pertussis in Nebraska.
LB 476 changes provisions relating to grants for internships. Builds on an existing state program, which awards matching grants to qualified companies that offer college internships.
LB 477 changes the termination date for the Riparian Vegetation Management Task Force from June 30, 2013 to June 30, 2015. I serve on this task force.
LB 493 authorizes transfer of portions of The Cowboy Trail.
LB 500 deals with special stops under the Rules of the Road, to restrict the requirement for a school bus to stop to pick up children only if they have 400 feet of clear vision in each direction of travel, unless there is a posted sign, to school buses stopped outside the city or village limits or on the state highway within a city or village.
LB 553 changes actuarial valuation of retirement systems and school employee retirement provisions.
LB 585 changes provisions relating to learning communities and coordinating councils.
LB 589 clarifies notification provisions for natural gas utility operations under the One-Call Notification System Act.
LB 595 provides for a Public Service Commission study of next-generation 911.
LB 643 allows first and second class cities and villages to determine at what height weeds and grasses and become nuisances.
LB 647 changes cattle identification provisions of the Animal Importation Act.
Advanced to Final Reading:
LB 23 revises and improves the operation of the provider tax for intermediate care facilities for people with developmental disabilities; it includes removing the term “mental retardation” from state law, and replaces it with a more contemporary expression, “intellectual disability”.
LB 296 changes provisions of the educational savings plan relating to income tax reductions and participation agreements.
LB 517 creates the Water Funding Task Force that would organize identified water projects and needs and categorize them into funding areas; creates a map of the projects identified; and recommends to the Legislature project priorities, ranking criteria to identify recommendations, and a permanent structure and process through which funding would be provided.
Advanced to the Second Round of Debate:
LB 66 authorizes cities of the first class to annex certain noncontiguous property.
LB 93 provides for notation of veteran status on drivers’ licenses and state identification cards. It allows the Dept. of Veteran’s Affairs to create a registry to determine eligibility for use by the Dept. of Motor Vehicles. It also creates the Military Honor license plate for current or former members of the branches of the US armed forces.
LB 402 changes power purchase agreement provisions relating to rural community-based energy development. It makes clarifications and redefines a C-BED project as one that may include a low-emission fuel source.
LB 507 Adopts the Step Up to Quality Child Care Act which would require quality standards for providers who get the largest share of that assistance money. Eligibility income level was raised from 125% the first year and 130% the next year.
After the weekend break, we will begin debate of LB 543, Senator Chambers’ bill that replaces the death penalty with a sentence of life without the possibility of parole.