Gov. Pete Ricketts and First Lady Susanne Shore exit the Norris Chamber after Ricketts' State of the State Address Jan. 22.
Gov. Pete Ricketts and First Lady Susanne Shore exit the Norris Chamber after Ricketts' State of the State Address Jan. 22.
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Changes to pesticide product registration adopted


Published May 2, 2013, in Agriculture

Lawmakers passed a bill May 2 that removes the specialty pesticide designation from pesticide product registration. Currently, pesticides classified as specialty are charged a registration fee of $160 per product while nonspecialty pesticides are charged a fee of $200. LB69, introduced by Ogallala Sen. Ken Schilz, removes the specialty classification and establishes an annual registration…


Nursery license consolidation adopted


Published May 2, 2013, in Agriculture

Senators passed a bill May 2 that updates provisions in the Plant Protection and Plant Pest Act. Currently, there are three categories of commercial nursery licenses under the act: growers, dealers and brokers. LB68, introduced by Ogallala Sen. Ken Schilz, consolidates all three types of licenses into a single nursery stock distributor license. LB68 also…


Exemptions for small security transactions approved


Published May 2, 2013, in Banking Commerce and Insurance

Senators gave final approval May 2 to a bill that changes provisions relating to small securities transactions. LB205, sponsored by Columbus Sen. Paul Schumacher, amends the Securities Act of Nebraska to exempt certain small offers and sales of securities. The bill exempts from registration a transaction by a Nebraska issuer selling solely to Nebraska residents…


Changes to public power elections approved


A bill that changes election provisions for certain public power districts was approved May 2. LB646, introduced by Gretna Sen. John Murante, allows the board of directors of a public power district with a service area containing a city of the metropolitan class to be divided into election subdivisions. Omaha currently is the only metropolitan…


Military remains disposition clarified


Lawmakers gave final approval May 1 to a bill seeking to clarify authorization of disposition of a military member’s remains. LB420, introduced by Lincoln Sen. Amanda McGill, specifies that the federal DD Form 93 be recognized as the legal instrument authorizing an individual to direct disposition of military remains. If a service member dies during…


Automated pharmacies for long-term care facilities passed


Published May 29, 2013, in Health and Human Services

Senators gave final approval May 29 to a bill that allows automated pharmacies to operate in long-term care facilities. Under LB326, introduced by Omaha Sen. Sara Howard, a Nebraska-licensed pharmacist can install and operate pharmacies in long-term care facilities. The pharmacist in charge of the automated pharmacy is required to develop and implement policies for…


Municipal land banks passed


Published May 29, 2013, in Revenue

Senators passed a bill May 29 that allows the establishment of land banks in metropolitan class cities or counties that have at least three first class cities–currently only Douglas and Sarpy. Land banks are tax-exempt political subdivisions that acquire, manage and develop vacant and tax-delinquent properties. Under LB97, introduced by Omaha Sen. Heath Mello, the…


Foster care transition provided


Published May 29, 2013, in Health and Human Services

Certain state wards who have aged out of the foster care system may continue to receive services until age 21 under a bill passed May 29. LB216, introduced by Lincoln Sen. Amanda McGill, allows eligible youth to enter into a voluntary foster care agreement with the state Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) for…


Veteran notation on driver’s licenses passed


Published May 29, 2013, in Transportation and Telecommunications

Senators passed a bill May 29 that amends the Motor Vehicle Operator’s License Act. LB93, introduced by Fullerton Sen. Annette Dubas, allows eligible veterans to request that their veteran status be indicated on their driver’s licenses or state ID cards. The bill also requires the state Department of Veterans Affairs to create and maintain a…


Changes to intermediate care facility reimbursement funds approved


Published May 29, 2013, in Health and Human Services

Senators gave final approval May 29 to a bill intended to improve utilization of a reimbursement fund for intermediate care facilities for individuals with developmental disabilities, known as ICF/MR. LB23, introduced by Kearney Sen. Galen Hadley, changes allocation of the state’s ICF/MR Reimbursement Protection Fund. The bill requires the state Department of Health and Human…