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As promised last week, I am providing notice of the taxation and spending bills which I will be scheduling during the next two weeks. These bills include:
LB 18 (Kolterman) Change provisions relating to equivalent employees and qualified locations under the ImagiNE Nebraska Act
LB 26 (Wayne) Provide a sales tax exemption for residential water service
LB 64 (Lindstrom) Change provisions relating to the taxation of social security benefits
LB 84 (Bostelman) Redefine terms relating to tax incentive performance audits and the ImagiNE
LB 103 (Dorn) Appropriate funds to aid counties to pay certain federal judgments
LB 132 (DeBoer) Create the School Financing Review Commission
LB 185 (Brewer) Appropriate funds to the Department of Health and Human Services for public health aid
LB 306 (Brandt) Provide eligibility requirements for the low-income home energy assistance program
LB 336 (Hughes) Provide for regular and limited annual and temporary state park entry permits
LB 366 (Briese) Change the Nebraska Advantage Microenterprise Tax Credit Act
LB 364 (Linehan) Adopt the Opportunity Scholarships Act and provide tax credits
LB 388 (Friesen, at the request of the Governor) Adopt the Nebraska Broadband Bridge Act
LB 396 (Brandt) Adopt the Nebraska Farm-to-School Program Act
LB 406 (McDonnell) Create the Lower Platte River Infrastructure Task Force and provide funding
LB 432 (Revenue Committee) Change income tax rates
LB 454 (Friesen) Adopt the School Property Tax Stabilization Act and change the valuation of
LB 542 (Walz) Authorize the issuance of highway bonds under the Nebraska Highway Bond Act
LB 566 (McDonnell) Adopt the Shovel-Ready Capital Recovery and Investment Act
LB 568 (Pansing Brooks) Change provisions relating to truancy, juvenile courts, the Community-based Juvenile Services Aid Program, the Commission Grant Program, and compulsory education
LB 579 (Moser) Change provisions relating to Department of Transportation reports regarding highway construction and state intent regarding appropriations
LB 595 (Albrecht) Provide a sales tax exemption for certain products used in the process of
manufacturing ethyl alcohol
LB 630 (Bostar) Provide for a study of the efficacy of commercial air filters in classrooms
LB 682 (Linehan) Change the New Markets Job Growth Investment Act
My goal is to address each of these bills on general file during the next two weeks. I anticipate several of these bills will take considerable floor time for debate. Thus, I want to give the body notice that for the next two weeks I am revising the “early evening schedule” to be a “late night schedule”. The dates identified for an early evening adjournment for the weeks of April 26 and May 4 will be extended to a “late night” with adjournment around 9:00 p.m. or later (potentially as late as 11:59 p.m.). The specific adjournment time each evening will be dependent upon the Body’s progress on that day’s agenda and there may be some days we will adjourn by 7:00 p.m.
For the scheduled late nights, I will be recessing the Body for approximately 30 minutes sometime around 7:00 p.m. to allow members to eat dinner without the interruption of a Call of the House.
If a scheduled late night during these two weeks is modified to an early evening adjournment (around 7-7:30), I will provide as much notice as possible.
Additionally, it is my intention to make the last day of the work week for these two weeks a full work day. On Thursday, April 29, and Friday, May 7, we will recess at noon for lunch and reconvene at 1:00 for a full afternoon session.
In addition, while the primary goal of the next two weeks will be to get through general file debate, my intent is to be able to continue to schedule select file and final reading bills during the course of the week in order to continue those stages of debate. The amount and extent of those bills will depend on the progress of general file debate for the listed bills.
I will provide the schedule for next week tomorrow morning.