Day four bill introduction

Senators reconvened Jan. 12 to introduce bills.

Among the 36 bills introduced were:

LB165, sponsored by Omaha Sen. Brett Lindstrom, which would change income tax provisions relating to social security benefits;

LB168, sponsored by Omaha Sen. Heath Mello, which would authorize expansion of existing business improvement districts;

LB172, sponsored by Ernie Chambers, which would eliminate certain mandatory minimum penalties;

LB175, sponsored by Ogallala Sen. Ken Schilz, which would adopt the Livestock Growth Act and change provisions of the Nebraska Advantage Rural Development Act;

LB178, sponsored by Syracuse Sen. Dan Watermeier, which would change valuation of agricultural land and horticultural land;

LB182, sponsored by Malcolm Sen. Ken Haar, which would create the School Funding and Educational Outcomes Review Committee;

LB185, sponsored by Lincoln Sen. Kate Bolz, which would appropriate funds to implement the Master Teacher Program Act;

LB187, sponsored by Papillion Sen. Bill Kintner, which would require the state Department of Health and Human Services and health care facilities to provide information regarding abortion;

LB189, sponsored by Hyannis Sen. Al Davis, which would change provisions and penalties relating to marijuana and alphabetize definitions; and

LR10CA, sponsored by Columbus Sen. Paul Schumacher, which would permit the Legislature to authorize and regulate gaming.

A complete list of bills introduced thus far is available at New bills may be introduced for the first 10 legislative days, or until Jan. 21.

Gov. Pete Ricketts’ State of the State Address is scheduled for Jan. 22. Committee hearings are scheduled to begin Jan. 20 and continue through March.

The session will last 90 legislative days and is tentatively scheduled to adjourn June 5.

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