LEGISLATIVE UPDATES
LEGISLATIVE UPDATES

On February 26, the Revenue Committee voted to advance LB 408, as amended by AM 371, on a 7-1 vote. The amended version of the bill would limit the annual increase in property tax askings to no more than 3%, with some exceptions. The sponsor of the bill, Senator Tom Briese of Albion, comment…

Last month, we crossed a grim milestone. COVID-19 was the leading cause of death in the United States during the month of January, the first time that has happened since the pandemic began last March. But another, less visible killer has been with us much longer than the coronavirus.

Since my last column, a couple of my bills have moved forward. My daylight saving time bill moved out of committee last week, and we had the opportunity to debate several bills on the floor of the legislature on the morning of February 16. My bill to enhance military reservist tuition credit…

Here’s a tweet I wrote this week: “I’ve been in meetings with @BillGates. I respect his intellect and desire for social responsibility by the world’s wealthy. On this idea, though, maybe he should come to #Nebraska and learn a little more. #NoFakeMeat.”

The Legislature passed the one-third mark this week in the 90-day legislative session. The Appropriations Committee also presented their preliminary recommendations for the biennial budget. This provides a starting point for discussion of the various budget actions suggested so far. After th…

The second week of February of your 2021 Unicameral Legislature has been very energetic. As of February 11th, I have testified before the Health and Human Services Committee, the Transportation and Telecommunications Committee, and the Revenue Committee for 8 out of my 10 bills. Mondays are …

In the last couple of weeks, the legislature has been holding all-day hearings, an unprecedented move in an unusual year. In that time, a majority of my bills have had a public hearing, and one of them has already taken another step toward passage. LB 4, a bill to eliminate a 10-year militar…

LINCOLN — Since the Nebraska Legislature reconvened on Jan. 6, state senators have introduced new bills ranging from reducing military retiree tax liability to providing private school scholarships and enhancing youth rights in state care. Here is a brief rundown of bills introduced during t…

Every year, the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision inspires countless Americans to gather in spirit to exercise their First Amendment rights and peacefully protest on behalf of the unborn. This annual spotlight on the pro-life movement is a reminder of the ever growing and inspiring mov…

The 107th Nebraska Legislature convened on January 6 in the middle of a worldwide pandemic. As elected representatives, we believe that it is important that the state’s elected legislators are on the field during this time to represent our constituents.

On January 20, we witnessed the transition of power from one President to the next – a hallmark of our democracy. I congratulate President Biden and Vice President Harris as we move forward as a country to tackle the challenges we have in front of us. I look forward to working with the Biden…

In early December, the former Chair of the Executive Board, along with chairs of the standing committees, sent an email to senators suggesting that they limit the number of bills introduced. This would assist with safety measures being developed for senators and the public in preparation for…

Today Senator Tom Briese, chair of the General Affairs Committee in the Nebraska Legislature, introduced LB 560, which will establish some parameters for the expansion of racetrack casino gambling approved by Nebraska voters. In introducing this legislation, Briese said, “For the last severa…

The events of last Wednesday were nothing short of horrific. I am appalled at what I saw and fully support the prosecution of every participant and planner of the uprising. Snap impeachment, however, without a complete investigation sets a dangerous precedent. The impeachment vote may feel p…

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