Day three bill introduction

Senators reconvened Jan. 10 to continue introducing bills.

Among the 47 bills introduced were:

LB778, sponsored by Omaha Sen. Ernie Chambers, which would require certain entities to comply with provisions on open meetings, public records and conflicts of interest;

LB782, sponsored by Omaha Sen. Steve Lathrop, which would establish a return-to-learn protocol for students who have sustained a concussion;

LB797, sponsored by Omaha Sen. John Nelson, would which provide funding for fountains at the State Capitol;

LB803, sponsored by the Urban Affairs Committee, which would change veto power provisions for mayors of first and second class cities;

LB807, sponsored by Scottsbluff Sen. John Harms, which would change provisions relating to provisional operator’s permits, interactive wireless communication devices and occupant protection systems;

LB811, sponsored by Ogallala Sen. Ken Schilz, which would change provisions and penalties relating to the Uniform Controlled Substances Act;

LB812, sponsored by North Platte Sen. Tom Hansen, which would terminate the inheritance tax;

LB814, sponsored by Lincoln Sen. Bill Avery, which would change the distribution of sales tax revenue to provide funding to the Game and Parks Commission;

LB816, sponsored by Gretna Sen. John Murante, which would authorize use of electronic forms of evidence of insurance for purposes of motor vehicle registration; and

LB820, sponsored by Hyannis Sen. Al Davis, which would authorize the governor to execute a compact for prevention and control of forest fires and provide employment status for certain volunteer firefighters.

A complete list of bills introduced thus far is available at NebraskaLegislature.gov. New bills may be introduced for the first 10 legislative days, or until Jan. 22.

Gov. Dave Heineman’s State of the State address is scheduled for Jan. 15. Committee hearings are scheduled to begin Jan. 21 and continue through February.

The session will last 60 legislative days and is tentatively scheduled to adjourn April 17.

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