Day six bill introduction

Senators introduced 38 new bills on Jan. 10.

These included:

LB947, sponsored by Papillion Sen. Jim Smith, which would adopt the Nebraska Property Tax Cuts and Opportunities Act, change income tax rates and eliminate certain exemptions and credits;

LB953, sponsored by Thurston Sen. Joni Albrecht, which would change provisions relating to lump-sum settlements under the Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Act;

LB955, sponsored by Omaha Sen. Bob Krist, which would provide for reciprocal certification of military police officers and law enforcement officers from other jurisdictions;

LB958, sponsored by Bayard Sen. Steve Erdman, which would provide for licensure of a vehicle as a massage therapy establishment;

LB959, sponsored by Gretna Sen. John Murante, which would provide requirements for returning a ballot for someone else and provide a penalty;

LB964, sponsored by Omaha Sen. Mike McDonnell, which would authorize mental health professionals to take a person into emergency protective custody under the Nebraska Mental Health Commitment Act;

LB970, sponsored by Omaha Sen. Justin Wayne, which would change marijuana penalties as prescribed;

LB974, sponsored by Omaha Sen. Tony Vargas, which would prohibit consideration of political affiliation, demographic information and previous election results in drawing legislative districts;

LB975, sponsored by Omaha Sen. Sara Howard, which would adopt the Redistrict Act; and

LB979, sponsored by Bellevue Sen. Sue Crawford, which would authorize physician assistants and nurse practitioners to render expert opinions.

A complete list of introduced bills is available at New bills may be introduced for the first 10 legislative days, or until Jan. 18.

Court Chief Justice Michael Heavican will give the State of the Judiciary address Jan. 18.

The session will last 60 legislative days and tentatively is scheduled to adjourn April 18.

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