Friday Hearings

Taken from the downloadable PDF via the Nebraska Legislature website (, here is the schedule for Friday hearings:

Friday, January 25, 2013

Government, Military and Veterans Affairs
Room 1507 – 1:30 p.m.
LB140 Change provisions of the Airport Zoning Act
LB40 Update references to Government Auditing Standards
LB79 Change political accountability and disclosure provisions and repeal
campaign finance laws
LB137 Establish state fleet card programs

Health and Human Services
Room 1510 – 1:30 p.m.
LB132  Adopt the Skin Cancer Prevention Act
LB54  Change display of credential and advertisement provisions under the
Uniform Credentialing Act
LB42 Change credentialing requirements for administrators of facilities for persons with head injuries

Room 1113 – 1:30 p.m.
LB89  Provide immunity from liability for providing shelter during a weather event
LB120 Change provisions of the Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act
LB123 Change distribution of indigent defense fees
LB52 Change employment provisions for persons committed to the Department of
Correctional Services
LB151 Provide a hearsay exception for certain documents and data kept in the
regular course of business

Room 1524 – 1:30 p.m.
LB28 Change a late filing penalty relating to personal property tax
LB29 Provide a duty for county treasurers relating to recording tax assessments
and collections
LB36 Change an exemption to the documentary stamp tax

Thursday Hearings

Taken from the downloadable PDF via the Nebraska Legislature website (, here is the schedule for Thursday hearings:

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Government, Military and Veterans Affairs
Room 1507 – 2:00 p.m.
LB78 Eliminate a task force, an authority, a board, committees, a commission, and
a council
LB125 Change provisions relating to boards of education of Class V school districts

Health and Human Services
1510 – 1:30 p.m.
LB225 Adopt the Newborn Critical Congenital Heart Disease Screening Act
LB23 Change allocations of the ICF/MR Reimbursement Protection Fund
LB156 Eliminate a report made to the Department of Health and Human Services by
counties utilizing a community service program

Room 1113 – 1:30 p.m.
LB3 Change filing provisions relating to nonconsensual liens
LB12 Change product liability action statute of limitations
LB37 Change provisions relating to powers of personal representative with respect
to a descedent’s Internet sites
LB45 Change judge eligibility requirements for the Court of Appeals
LB51 Change provisions relating to publication of court opinions

Natural Resources
Room 1525 – 1:30 p.m.
LB91 Haar Change provisions regarding geologists
LB203 Scheer Change provisions relating to solid waste under the Environmental Protection Act

Room 1524 – 1:30 p.m.
LB25 Hadley Change provisions relating to the cigarette tax and the tobacco products tax
LB26 Hadley Change the commission allowed to stamping agents for the cigarette tax

22 January: Legislative Coffee in Sarpy County

On 22 Jan 2013, the Sarpy Chamber of Commerce through the  Government Affairs Committee held a Legislative Coffee at the Tara Hills Golf Course in Papillion, Nebraska.

State Senators Sue Crawford, Bill Kintner, Scott Price and Jim Smith were invited to speak.

IMG_7847sueW500litSenator Sue Crawford spoke on “leveraging Nebraska’s resources for maximum impact” and on  certain bills being introduced in the Unicameral. These included:

1.  Tax Reform
2.  Subsidizing Wages for New Hires
3.  Transparency Bill

IMG_7849kintnerw500litbrconSenator Bill Kintner  talked regarding the following:

1. Bills to repeal the Learning Community
2. Ending all taxes for those who are retired
3. Keeping gun registration
4.  Medicaid Expansion

IMG_7850pricew500litbrcnSenator Scott Price discussed the effects of the new dynamics in the Unicameral .

IMG_7852wmithw500litbrconSenator Jim Smith thanked everyone for the opportunity to represent Sarpy County and stated that a “balanced and thoughtful approach” was needed to tackle the issues ahead. He then discussed some of the bills including:

  1. Critical Congenital Heart Testing (LB 225)- For approximately $5-$10, it will be required that each newborn be tested for this condition to save lives and costs associated with this condition.  In the state of Nebraska, approximately 3% of newborns have the congenital heart condition.
  2. Learning Community Bills
  3. Keystone XL  Pipeline