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New bills introduced this legislative session

New bills introduced this legislative session

LINCOLN — The first week of the 2019 legislative session produced a variety of bills. Here are some of the notable bills.

Several of the bills introduced related to agriculture:

  • LB 5, introduced by Sen. Carol Blood of Bellevue, would change certain parts of  the Beginning Farmer Tax Credit Act, including changing provisions relating to tax credit

  • LB 30, introduced by Sen. Mark Kolterman of Seward, would change and eliminate provisions relating to licensure and regulation of professional landscape architects under the Professional Landscape Architects Act.

  • LB 105, introduced by Sen. Lou Ann Linehan of Elkhorn, would designate corn as the state vegetable.

  • LB 157, introduced by Sen. Tom Brewer of Gordon, would amend sections of the Nebraska Apiary Act, including providing duties for the Department of Agriculture, providing for voluntary registration of Nebraska apiaries and beehives and prohibiting commercial beekeeping operations from locating hives as prescribed.

  • LB 183, introduced by Sen. Tom Briese of Albion, would change the valuation of agricultural land and horticultural land for purposes of certain school district taxes.

  • LB 185, introduced by Sen. Curt Friesen of Henderson, would change provisions relating to the special valuation of agricultural and horticultural land.

Legislative bills related to education included:

  • LB 6, introduced by Blood, would allow families of persons on active duty to retain in-state tuition if they were to leave the state.

  • LB 27, introduced by Kolterman, would allow Nebraska community colleges more discretion in their use of property tax earnings.

  • LB 73, introduced by Sen. Steve Erdman of Bayard, would require the display of the national motto, “In God We Trust,” in schools.

  • LB 104, introduced by Linehan, would redirect state lottery tax earnings to a Nebraska Education Improvement Fund.

  • LB 120, introduced by Sen. Sue Crawford of Bellevue, would require teacher and school staff to receive training on behavioral and mental health.

  • LB 147, introduced by Sen. Mike Groene of North Platte, would change the Student Discipline Act to provide for use by a teacher or administrator of necessary physical contact or physical restraint and provide procedures and grounds for removal from a class in response to student behavior.

  • LB 161, introduced by Erdman, would eliminate learning communities, thus eliminating tax proceeds to the programs.

  • LB 165, introduced by Sen. Megan Hunt of Omaha, would adopt the Too Young to Suspend Act, prohibiting the suspension or expulsion from school of early childhood education or kindergarten students.

  • LB 182, introduced by Sen. Kate Bolz of Lincoln, would adopt the School District Local Option Income Surtax Act, which would allow school boards to impose surtaxes on property tax reduction and/or building construction.

  • LB 206, introduced by Sen. Adam Morfeld of Lincoln, would protect free speech rights of student journalists and student media advisers.

  • LB 241, introduced by Bolz, would provide for teacher mentoring program grants for beginning teachers using income from solar and wind agreements on school lands.

Bills related to healthcare included:

  • LB 170, introduced by Hunt, would provide a sales and use tax exemption for feminine hygiene products.

  • LB 209, introduced by Sen. Joni Albrecht of Omaha, would require information regarding reversal of medication abortion.

  • LB 205, introduced by Kolterman, would adopt the Surgical Technologist Registration Act, to exclude certain persons from the restriction regarding the unauthorized practice of medicine.

  • LB 200, introduced by Sen. Anna Wishart of Lincoln, would change provisions relating to licensure under the Health Care Facility Licensure Act of alcoholism centers providing civil protective custody of intoxicated persons.

  • LB 119, introduced by Sen. John Arch of La Vista, would provide for confidentiality of records and immunity from liability for professional health care service entities involved in peer review.

  • LB 118, introduced by Arch, would provide a procedure to withhold residential addresses of physicians in county records.

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