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Bill introduction continues in Legislature

January 22, 2019

LINCOLN — The second week of the 2019 legislative session produced a variety of bills. Here are some of the notable bills introduced during the week of Jan. 14.

Bills introduced related to agriculture were:

— Legislative Bill 372, introduced by Sen. Steve Erdman of Bayard, would change provisions relating to classes and subclasses of agricultural land and horticultural land.

— LB289, introduced by Sen. Lou Linehan of Elkhorn, would change provisions relating to county assessor inspections of real property for property tax purposes.

— LB267, introduced by Sen. Kate Bolz of Lincoln, would provide a duty for the county board relating to deficient bridges and authorize a tax levy.

— LB440, introduced by Sen. Lynne Walz of Fremont, would raise taxes on jet fuel and aviation gasoline to 10 cents per gallon.

Legislative bills related to education included:

— LB281, introduced by Sen. John McCollister of Omaha, would prescribe a toll-free number for public schools set up to report child abuse or neglect.

— LB241, introduced by Bolz, would provide for teacher mentoring program grants using income from solar and wind agreements on school lands.

— LB343, introduced by Sen. Steve Halloran of Hastings, would adopt the School Safety Rapid Response Option Act and authorize schools to allow employees to carry concealed handguns.

— LB269, introduced by Sen. Curt Friesen of Henderson, would allow students with school driver’s permits to drive to and from school events or functions.

Bills related to health care included:

— LB228, introduced by Sen. Dan Hughes of Venango, would make it illegal for insurers to decline coverage due to a person’s status as a living organ donor or consider the person’s status as an organ donor in determining life insurance and other insurance policies.

— LB245, introduced by Erdman, would amend a section of law to include antidepressant, antipsychotic and anticonvulsant prescription drugs for consideration on the preferred drug list.

— LB247, introduced by Bolz, would allow an individual with mental illness the same right to plan in advance for treatment as an individual planning for end-of-life care.

Additional bills included introduced were:

— LB225, introduced by Sen. Dan Quick of Grand Island, would appropriate funds to the Nebraska State Historical Society.

— LB283, introduced by Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks of Lincoln, would provide for a climate change study.

— LB223, introduced by Sen. Justin Wayne of Omaha, would prohibit bringing a cell phone into a detention facility.

— LB375, introduced by Sen. Tom Brewer of Gordon, would allow certain library, archive, and museum materials to be withheld from the public.

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