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Bills to watch in Nebraska Legislature address teen tanning, conversion therapy and more

January 12, 2019

Lawmakers tossed in bills on teen tanning, conversion therapy, revenge porn and more on Friday, the second day of bill introduction in the Nebraska Legislature.

Those were in addition to the usual proposals concerning taxes, spending and specialty license plates.

There were 73 bills and one proposed constitutional amendment introduced Friday. Here are eight of the bills that bear watching:

Tan ban:

Teenagers under age 18 would be barred from using tanning salons under Legislative Bill 140, introduced by State Sen. Rick Kolowski of Omaha.

Currently, they can tan with parental consent.

Conversion therapy:

Therapy aimed at changing a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity would be prohibited for anyone under age 18 under LB 167, offered by Sen. Megan Hunt of Omaha. Under LB 168, sending a child for such therapy would be considered child abuse.

Revenge porn:

Posting sexually explicit photos of a person online to emotionally or financially harm that person would be a crime under LB 164, introduced by Hunt. Violators would have to register as sex offenders.

Medication abortions:

Women seeking abortions would have to be told that it may be possible to reverse a medication-induced abortion under LB 209, introduced by Sen. Joni Albrecht of Thurston. The state would have to post information about providers who can help with a reversal.

Retired military taxes:

Military retirees would only have to pay state income tax on half of their military retirement income under LB 153, introduced by Sen. Tom Brewer of Gordon, at the request of Gov. Pete Ricketts.

More specialty plates:

Nebraska drivers could get Support Our Troops license plates under LB 138 or Prostate Cancer Awareness plates under LB 215. The first was introduced by Sen. Carol Blood of Bellevue, the second by Sen. Lou Ann Linehan of Omaha.twitter.com/stoddardOWH

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