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At the capitol, this past week we heard a few bills that brought quite a large following. Those were LB 630 introduced by Senator Tyson Larson of O’Neill, LB 450 introduced by Senator Chambers of Omaha and finally, LB 622 introduced by Lincoln Senator Anna Wishart.
LB 630 would allow charter schools in districts that have low-performing schools. This bill would create a new Independent Public School Authorizing and Accountability Commission that would oversee the charter schools. LB 630 was heard in committee and is unlikely to be heard by the full legislative body since it is not a priority bill. However, that did not stop proponents and opponents from coming to the capitol last week and voicing their opinions.
Senator Chambers bill LB 450 allows people who are suffering from incurable medical conditions to acquire and self-administer medication that would end their lives. The proposed legislation would require the patient to express a request for life-ending medication both orally and in writing. Both requests must be made to an attending physician and a consulting physician. They would both need to agree the patient is competent to make medical decisions, as well as, acting voluntarily.
LB 622 was introduced by Senator Anna Wishart from Lincoln and is also her priority bill, would lay out the rules for cultivation, production and use of medical cannabis. This bill brought out many proponents including doctors, veterans with combat injuries, out-of-state experts and many individuals who suffered from diseases and conditions that could be treated with the drug, or have a loved one who would benefit from its use. The opponents to this bill are mostly law enforcement and government officials.
Learn what it’s like to serve as a state senator. The Unicameral Youth Legislature is a four-day legislative simulation in which high school students take on the role of lawmakers. Student senators sponsor bills, conduct committee hearings, debate legislation and discover the unique process of the nation’s only unicameral.
The Unicameral Youth Legislature gives behind-the-scenes access to students who have an interest in public office, government, politics, law, public policy, debate or public speaking. Students will learn about the inner workings of the Legislature directly from senators, staff and lobbyists. Bill topics are based on legislation considered during the most recent legislative session. From driving laws to the death penalty, topics selected for the legislature are diverse and engaging. The youth legislature is organized by the Nebraska State 4-H Office and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Office youth development program.