Day five bill introduction

Senators reconvened Jan. 10 to introduce new bills.

Sen. Steve Halloran (right) discusses a bill with Sen. Steve Erdman.
Sen. Steve Halloran (right) discusses a bill with Sen. Steve Erdman.

Among the 67 bills introduced were:

LB167, sponsored by Crete Sen. Laura Ebke, which would include cannabidiol as a Schedule V controlled substance;

LB169, sponsored by Omaha Sen. Justin Wayne, which would exempt social security benefits and retirement income from income taxation;

LB178, sponsored by Lincoln Sen. Kate Bolz, which would provide for sexual assault protection orders;

LB181, sponsored by Grand Island Sen. Dan Quick, which would provide for reimbursement to employees for certain medical examinations under the Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Act;

LB197, sponsored by Omaha Sen. Rick Kolowski, which would provide for electronic application for an early voting ballot;

LB202, sponsored by Kearney Sen. John Lowe, which would create the offense of obstructing government operations by refusing to submit to a chemical test authorized by search warrant;

LB212, sponsored by Lincoln Sen. Matt Hansen, which would adopt the In the Line of Duty Compensation Act;

LB214, sponsored by Hastings Sen. Steve Halloran, which would terminate the Master Teaching Program;

LB216, sponsored by Omaha Sen. Burke Harr, which would adopt the Redistrict Act; and

LB227, sponsored by Lincoln Sen. Anna Wishart, which would create the Brain Injury Council and Brain Injury Trust Fund.

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. 18.

Gov. Pete Ricketts’ State of the State address is scheduled for Jan. 12. Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Heavican will give the State of the Judiciary address Jan. 19.

The session will last 90 legislative days and is scheduled to adjourn June 2.

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