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Day nine bill introduction

Published January 20, 2015, in Ceremonies

Lawmakers introduced 66 bills on Jan. 20. Among them were: LB442, sponsored by Lincoln Sen. Kate Bolz, which would appropriate additional funds to the Property Tax Credit Cash Fund; LB453, sponsored by Omaha Sen. Robert Hilkemann, which would change provisions relating to motor vehicle taxes; LB454, sponsored by Bellevue Sen. Tommy Garrett, which would change…

Kolterman seeks to build on public service

Published January 16, 2015, in Senator Features

Seward Sen. Mark Kolterman’s face lights up as he describes the tree house he is currently building for his four grandchildren to enjoy. Although he has spent almost his entire career in the insurance business, Kolterman holds a degree in building construction and calls woodworking a passion. “The tree house is going to be big,”…

Day eight bill introduction

Published January 16, 2015, in Ceremonies

Senators reconvened Jan. 16 to introduce bills. Among the 54 bills introduced were: LB377, sponsored by Seward Sen. Mark Kolterman, which would change provisions and procedures relating to the disposition, care, custody and costs associated with the impoundment of dogs or cats; LB380, sponsored by Lincoln Sen. Adam Morfeld, which would create and provide duties…

Legislature adopts new session rules

Published January 15, 2015, in Special Committees

After approving changes, lawmakers adopted their permanent rules Jan. 15. The rules of the Legislature govern the legislative process and generally are adopted at the beginning of each session. Among the changes brought forward by the Rules Committee was a proposal to allow the State-Tribal Relations Committee to designate a priority bill consistent with the…

Day seven bill introduction

Published January 15, 2015, in Ceremonies

Senators introduced 95 bills on Jan. 15. Among them were: LB281, sponsored by Omaha Sen. Rick Kolowski, which would adopt the Child Support for College Savings Act; LB290, sponsored by Lincoln Sen. Colby Coash, which would eliminate certain notification requirements under the Sex Offender Registration Act and eliminate the offense of unlawful use of the…

Citizenship confirmation for employees discussed

Published February 3, 2015, in Business and Labor

Private businesses would be required to confirm the citizenship of new employees under a bill heard by the Business and Labor Committee Feb. 2. LB611, introduced by Papillion Sen. Bill Kintner, would require private employers to verify the work eligibility status of new employees via the federal government’s electronic verification, or E-Verify, program. Businesses that…

Bills addressing underage drinking proposed

Published February 3, 2015, in General Affairs

Two changes to the Nebraska Liquor Control Act were considered Feb. 2 by the General Affairs Committee. LB439, introduced by Lincoln Sen. Adam Morfeld, would change penalty provisions for certain violations relating to or committed by minors under the Nebraska Liquor Control Act. The bill would grant limited legal immunity to minors seeking help for…

Special poker license proposed

Published February 3, 2015, in General Affairs

The Nebraska Liquor Control Commission could issue special liquor licenses for poker games under a bill heard by the General Affairs Committee Feb. 2. LB619, introduced by O’Neill Sen. Tyson Larson, would authorize two types of poker—draw and community card games. The bill defines community card games as those, such as Texas Hold’em, in which…

Statehood celebration license plates advanced

Published February 2, 2015, in Transportation and Telecommunications

Lawmakers gave first-round approval Feb. 2 to a bill that would authorize specialty license plates in celebration of Nebraska’s 150th anniversary of statehood in 2017. Under LB220, introduced by Papillion Sen. Jim Smith, the Nebraska 150 Sesquicentennial Plate would be available as an alphanumeric or a personalized message plate. The alphanumeric version of the plate…

Medicaid coverage sought for additional former foster youth

Published January 30, 2015, in Health and Human Services

Young people from other states who have aged out of foster care would be eligible for extended Medicaid coverage in Nebraska under a bill considered by the Health and Human Services Committee Jan. 30. LB148, introduced by Bellevue Sen. Sue Crawford, would require the state Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to submit a…