Music Education Week at the Capitol is March 2 - 6. Over the noon hour, students from across the state give musical performances. Pictured: students in the Ashland-Greenwood Middle School band.
Music Education Week at the Capitol is March 2 - 6. Over the noon hour, students from across the state give musical performances. Pictured: students in the Ashland-Greenwood Middle School band.
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Bill would authorize hunting permits for developmentally disabled


Published January 24, 2014, in Natural Resources

A developmentally disabled person could purchase a hunting permit under a bill considered by the Natural Resources Committee Jan. 22. Under LB699, introduced by O’Neill Sen. Tyson Larson, a license-purchase exemption certificate issued by the state Game and Parks Commission would allow a developmentally disabled person to purchase a hunting permit. Larson said the bill…


Fee cap elimination advances


Published January 24, 2014, in Government Military and Veterans Affairs

Lawmakers gave first-round approval Jan. 24 to a bill that would make changes to a fee charged by the Nebraska secretary of state. Currently, the office charges a fee of 45 cents for images of records accessed over the Internet, not to exceed $2,000 per request for batch requests. LB278, introduced by Omaha Sen. Pete…


Veteran job preference bill amended, advanced


Published January 24, 2014, in Government Military and Veterans Affairs

Senators gave first-round approval Jan. 24 to a bill that would update laws pertaining to preferences for veterans seeking employment. LB588, introduced by Syracuse Sen. Dan Watermeier, would create the Veterans Preference Act. A Government, Military and Veterans Affairs amendment, adopted 37-0, replaced the bill. Watermeier said the amended bill reflects language currently in use…


County Visitors Promotion Fund requirement advanced


Published January 23, 2014, in Government Military and Veterans Affairs

A bill that would place restrictions on how money from the County Visitors Promotion Fund could be spent was advanced from general file Jan. 23. Currently, if county attractions do not require improvement, the county’s governing body may use the money to promote attractions in the county. Under LB215, introduced by Ogallala Sen. Ken Schilz,…


Water pollution loan program advanced


Published January 23, 2014, in Natural Resources

A program to fund wastewater treatment efforts was advanced from general file Jan. 23. Introduced by Holdrege Sen. Tom Carlson, LB514 would authorize the state Department of Environmental Quality to create and regulate a linked deposit program. The program would promote loans for the construction, rehabilitation and enhancement of water pollution control projects. Carlson said…


Special education increase sought


Published February 5, 2014, in Appropriations

The Appropriations Committee heard testimony Feb. 5 on a bill that temporarily would increase the cap on growth in special education funding in Nebraska. LB969, introduced by Cedar Rapids Sen. Kate Sullivan, would increase the cap on growth in special education appropriations from 5 to 10 percent for fiscal year 2014-15. Currently, special education aid…


Lower school funding local effort rate advances


Published February 5, 2014, in Education

Senators gave first-round approval to a bill Feb. 5 that would make changes to the state aid formula one year early. LB725, introduced by Cedar Rapids Sen. Kate Sullivan, would lower the local effort rate (LER) used to calculate aid under the Tax Equity and Educational Opportunities Support Act (TEEOSA). Currently, the LER is scheduled…


Early childhood education coordination and funding discussed


Published February 4, 2014, in Education

Members of the Education Committee heard testimony Feb. 4 on two bills that would support early childhood education efforts in the state. LB992, introduced by Omaha Sen. Sara Howard, would create a governing body to plan for a unified early childhood data system. The governing body would be required to provide a final report to…


Bill allowing amber lights on vehicles stalls


Published February 4, 2014, in Transportation and Telecommunications

An attempt to force a vote on a bill that would allow public safety volunteers to use special lights to identify their vehicles failed Feb. 4. LB399, introduced by Omaha Sen. Scott Lautenbaugh, would allow volunteer members of public safety or crime prevention organizations to use rotating or flashing amber lights on any motor vehicle….


State park maintenance fund proposed


Published February 4, 2014, in Appropriations

Nebraska’s state parks would receive maintenance funds under a bill heard Feb. 4 by the Appropriations Committee. LB873, introduced by O’Neill Sen. Tyson Larson, would create the Game and Parks State Park Improvement and Maintenance Fund. A $15 million transfer from the state’s cash reserve would be made to the fund by July 31, 2014….