LEGISLATIVE UPDATES
LEGISLATIVE UPDATES

LINCOLN (AP) — Nebraska banks that want to cash in on the cryptocurrency tech craze could start offering services to customers who own Bitcoin and other digital assets under a bill backed by Monday state lawmakers.

As we work through the month May, I want to give a couple of updates from the last few weeks. My priority bill, LB 644, has advanced from the first and second round of debate and will be heading to final reading soon. This bill was designed to help give the taxpayer clear and concise informa…

Nebraska is the least indebted State in the country because our state government, like our people, lives within its means. We take a common sense approach to finances. We pay as we go for new projects instead of taking on debt. This approach has helped us to build high-quality infrastructure…

The legislature debated several of my bills last week. On Tuesday afternoon, we debated my amendment to my LB 561, a bill to further define and implement the voter approved initiative on casino gaming at racetracks. As 70% of the tax revenue derived from these casinos is dedicated to propert…

Last week, we began debate on the budget, after receiving a briefing from the Appropriations Committee Chairman, Senator Stinner. The budget for the next year calls for an increase in the general fund expenditures of roughly $9.7 billion, growing by around 1.7% per year from previous budgets…

The work of the Legislature is now about getting bills to the floor for debate by the entire body. And that generally means a priority designation. Priority bills, one per senator, two per committee, and twenty-five for the speaker, have now been designated. Senator Geist prioritized my LB 4…

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Due to the pandemic, the Legislature has been holding full-day public hearings in an effort to limit the number of senators in one location. With more vaccinations underway, senators will begin full-day debate on Monday, March 15. This past week also marked the deadline for the designation o…

LINCOLN — Marijuana legalization continues to face hurdles from bill language technicalities and fiercely opposed law enforcement. However, this has not stopped Nebraska state senators from introducing marijuana bills during this legislative session.

Some of my favorite experiences as a Member of Congress involve talking to young people about current events and politics. I make it a point to visit classrooms and spend time with students who come to D.C. through various programs. These groups do a tremendous job of teaching our youth abou…

The legislature has wrapped up most committee hearings, and began half-day floor debate this

The Nebraska Economic Forecasting Advisory Board met last week and revised the current forecast upwards. The board projected an increase of $204 million for fiscal year 2020-21, $165 million for fiscal year 2021-22, and $93 million for fiscal year 2022-23, for a total increase of $462 millio…

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The canteen that operated in Norfolk’s Chicago and North Western Depot for several years during World War II didn’t serve millions of men and women, like its counterpart in North Platte.