Ken’s Column: Interim Studies
This interim will be busy with nearly 250 interim studies to be considered. I have listed a few of the important studies that we will be working on, but please remember that you can access a list of all the studies online: www.nebraskalegislature.gov. A schedule of these hearings will also be available on the website.
One of the interim studies I am particularly interested in given our economic condition is LR542, introduced by Senator Heidemann. This study would allow the standing committees and Executive Board to review programs within the agencies under their subject-matter jurisdiction to identify services, programs, and obligations that may be reduced or eliminated during the 2011 session. Aside from the four interim studies I have introduced, here are a few interim studies that may interest you.
Interim studies concerning healthcare for Nebraskans: LR 372, introduced by Senator Gloor, is an interim study to examine the potential effect of national health care reform proposals on Nebraska. Referred to Health and Human Services Committee. LR 439, introduced by Senator Pahls, is an interim study to review recent changes in federal law regarding health care insurance and to identify administrative and legislative responses which Nebraska will need to make. Referred to Banking, Commerce and Insurance Committee. LR 467, introduced by Senator Gay, is an interim study to conduct research and provide recommendations for implementing the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Referred to Health and Human Services Committee. LR 501, introduced by Senator Campbell, is an interim study to examine costs to the state and infant and child outcomes associated with not providing prenatal services through the Medicaid program to low-income women in Nebraska. Referred to Health and Human Services Committee.
Interim studies concerning water:
LR 473, introduced by Senator Carlson, is an interim study to examine the correlative rights doctrine relating to the use of ground water and clarify a definition for Nebraska statutes. Referred to Natural Resources Committee.
LR 474, introduced by Senator Carlson, is an interim study to examine aquifer depletions in the State of
Nebraska. Referred to Natural Resources Committee.
LR 566, introduced by the Revenue Committee, is an interim study to examine various methods of financing interstate water compacts and agreements. Referred to Revenue Committee.
Other interim studies of interest:
LR 423, introduced by Senator McCoy, is an interim study to examine the way Nebraska awards electoral votes in presidential elections. Referred to Government, Military, and Veterans Affairs Committee.
LR 430, introduced by Senator Christensen, is an interim study to examine Nebraska’s laws regarding a person’s right to self-defense by the use of force and to review the Castle Doctrine laws in other states. Referred to Judiciary Committee.
LR 510, introduced by Senator Pirsch, is an interim study to examine issues relating to refunds of local option sales taxes under the Nebraska Advantage Act. Referred to Revenue Committee.
LR 519, introduced by Senator Pirsch, is an interim study to examine issues relating to Firearms Freedom
Acts which have been enacted or introduced by other state legislatures. Referred to Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.
LR 520, introduced by Senator Janssen, is an interim study to examine the impact of illegal immigration on
the state’s budget. Referred to Appropriations Committee.
During the interim there are many opportunities to be involved with studies and other issues. If you would like to be involved or have issues that you need assistance with the state, please contact me, (402) 471-2616, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by writing to: State Capitol, District 47, PO Box 94604, Lincoln, NE 68509. You can always visit www.nebraskalegislature for upcoming Legislative hearings and events. It is an honor to represent you in the Nebraska Legislature and I thank you for your willingness to read these columns.