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Last week was another busy week in the legislature. The Natural Resources Committee had its first priority bill debated on the floor, LB 758. I had another bill on General File this week as well, LB 275, and there was some debate on other issues that are important to the citizens of southwestern Nebraska. I have been advocating for the rural communities in Nebraska this past week and will continue this effort as the session progresses.
LB 758 was heard on General File early last week, we had three hours’ worth of debate. As of Tuesday at 9am LB 758 will be up for debate again. By the time you read this there may be more information on this bill, but in order to get this article to the publications in time the most recent update is, there will be more debate. It is an important bill to southwest Nebraska to have this issue between the NRDs and the counties cleared up. Especially for the local school districts, counties, and other property tax funded agencies this legislation directly affects.
LB 275 is a bill that would allow private property owners to have abandoned vehicles towed from their property. A vehicle is considered abandoned after being left for 7 days. On January 22 we discussed this bill on the floor and it was advanced to Select File. This bill is important to owners of any private parking areas and for you on your own personal property.
This week another big item of debate on the floor was Senator Chambers’ bill, LB 449. This bill would repeal the Black-Tailed Prairie Dog Management Act. The Management Act can be adopted by a county and allows them to remove or control the spread of the prairie dogs from one property to another. Currently under the Management Act if a colony spreads from a neighbors land onto your own, you could contact the county and have them help assist you in addressing the problem. Only Sheridan County has made use of this law, but it important to allow other counties to do the same. Prairie dogs are destructive to property, cause damage to crops, as well as, put livestock in danger. I opposed to this bill and in the end it failed to garner enough votes to advance.
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