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Safe deposit box access examined


Published February 21, 2014, in Judiciary

Decedents’ safe deposit boxes could be accessed more easily under legislation heard by the Judiciary Committee Feb. 19. LB988, introduced by Columbus Sen. Paul Schumacher, would allow banks and other institutions to facilitate access to a decedent’s safe deposit box to locate a will, deed to a burial plot or burial instructions. The bill would…


Online voter registration advanced


Published February 20, 2014, in Government Military and Veterans Affairs

Senators gave first-round approval to a bill Feb. 20 that would allow Nebraskans to register to vote online. Under LB661, introduced by Omaha Sen. Bob Krist, those with a valid driver’s license or state identification card could complete voter registration through a secure website under the secretary of state office. The state Department of Motor…


Public employment waiting period proposed


Published February 20, 2014, in Government Military and Veterans Affairs

Certain public officials who leave office would be required to wait two years before serving again under a bill heard Feb. 20 by the Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee. Omaha Sen. Burke Harr, sponsor of LB1075, said he introduced the bill to try and close the “revolving door” in Nebraska politics. He said a…


Update of insurer reserves advances


Published February 20, 2014, in Banking Commerce and Insurance

Lawmakers gave first-round approval Feb. 20 to a bill that would update laws governing the establishment of reserves by life and health insurers in Nebraska. LB755, introduced by Grand Island Sen. Mike Gloor at the request of the state Department of Insurance, would adopt the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Standard Valuation Act. Under…


New model business act advanced


Published February 20, 2014, in Banking Commerce and Insurance

Nebraska’s current Business Corporation Act would be replaced under a bill advanced from general file Feb. 20. LB749, introduced by Omaha Sen. Burke Harr, would repeal the act and enact a revised and updated Nebraska Model Business Corporation Act (NMBCA). Harr said the bill resulted from a legislative resolution to evaluate the state’s model business…


Delay of Medicaid changes advanced


Published March 7, 2014, in Health and Human Services

A bill that would postpone certain proposed Medicaid authorization and payment changes advanced from general file March 7. LB1076, introduced by Lincoln Sen. Kathy Campbell, would postpone until 2015 changes in Medicaid authorization and payment for medically necessary home health services and reimbursement rates. Campbell said the bill would require the state Department of Health…


Wage theft, pay stub bill advances


Published March 7, 2014, in Business and Labor

A bill intended to provide protections and remedies for victims of wage theft advanced from general file March 6. As introduced by Omaha Sen. Heath Mello, LB560 would require employers to provide employees with an itemized statement listing their wages and deductions on each payday and give 30 days’ written notice before altering an employees’…


Bill to slow Medicaid changes advanced


Published March 6, 2014, in Health and Human Services

A bill intended to slow proposed Medicaid changes in Nebraska advanced from general file March 6. LB854, introduced by Omaha Sen. Bob Krist, would prohibit the state Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) from releasing a request for proposals relating to procurement of Managed Long-Term Services and Supports (MLTSS) prior to Sept. 1, 2015….


DHHS budgeting, strategic planning bill advanced


Published March 6, 2014, in Appropriations

A bill that would require the state Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to include strategic plans in its budget requests advanced from general file March 6. LB974, introduced by Omaha Sen. Heath Mello, would require DHHS to include strategic plans for the following divisions as part of the appropriations process for each of…


MUD district elections move forward


Published March 6, 2014, in Urban Affairs

Lawmakers gave second-round approval March 6 to a bill that would authorize district elections for the metropolitan utilities district (MUD) board of directors. LB1014, introduced by Omaha Sen. John Murante, would authorize the MUD board of directors to divide the district’s territory into seven election subdivisions. Under the bill, the board would have until Feb….