GOOD & BAD BILLS #2 IN THE 2017 LEGISLATURE

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NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM WORKSHEET:
GOOD & BAD BILLS IN THE 2017 LEGISLATURE.

GOOD RESOLUTIONS.
LR 1CA: Murante. A constitutional amendment to ask voters in 2018 to add voter ID requirements to the state constitution. ID presented to vote must include a photo, up to legislators to define details and exemptions of a required ID. State would provide free IDs to those unable to afford one. Those unable to provide such ID could fill out a provisional ballot. This resolution would deter voter fraud and ensure the integrity of state elections. Liberal Sen. Justin Wayne introduced a motion to kill this resolution. GOOD RESOLUTION/ GOVERNMENT COMMITTEE

GOOD BILLS:
LB 12: Krist. To decrease annual certification paperwork for obtaining a homestead exemption on property taxes for veterans and surviving spouses. GOOD BILL/ REVENUE COMMITTEE

LB 15: Craighead. To allow a first-time home buyer savings account for house payments and closing costs. Individuals could contribute up to $14,000 per year and those filing joint tax returns could contribute up to $28,000 annually. Total contributions per year limited to $50,000, the account capped at $150,000. Earned interest and other income in the account not subject to state income tax if money used to pay for purchase and closing costs of a single family home. Parents and grandparents could set aside money for their kids or grandkids to buy a house. Home ownership in NE is at a 50-yr. low, probably because of high property taxes. This bill would induce young folks to remain here instead of moving to states with such incentives. GOOD BILL/ REVENUE COMMITTEE

LB 19: Kolterman. To remove a requirement under current law that a patient receive a referral from a doctor before seeking services from an licensed acupuncturist. Referral by a doctor only means more expensive treatment. GOOD BILL/ GENERAL FILE

LB 22: Scheer. To reduce and eliminate previous appropriations for state operations from the budget to cut the budget. GOOD BILL/ SELECT FILE

LB 26: Murante. To make it simpler to enforce harassment protection orders. GOOD BILL/ JUDICIARY COMMITTEE

LB 30: Kolterman. To require metropolitan cities like Omaha to provide retirement benefits for police officers and firefighters hired after a certain date as cash balance plans. All contributions deposited in a defined contribution or cash balance account invested and administered by city retirement plan. The City of Omaha new civilian employees union already is in this plan. Retired employee pension payout based on amount of an annuity that could be purchased with money employee has placed into the system. GOOD BILL/ RETIREMENT COMMITTEE

LB 33: Ebke. To require registers of deeds to give customers up to 6 certified copies of the same death certificate document requested at the same time at current $16 cost apiece but only $5 for every additional certified copy. GOOD BILL/ HHS COMMITTEE

LB 36: Harr. To require state agencies to review rules and regulations regarding issuance of occupational credentials on a regular basis. Beginning next January, reviews required every 5 years. Agencies must determine if a rule or reg has achieved its purpose without impeding entrepreneurship and commerce. The assessment must include an estimate of the rule cost to an agency and people it regulates. Agencies must conduct a public hearing on each rule assessment before submitting a final version to the executive board. Without assessment, a rule disappears. GOOD BILL/ GOVERNMENT COMMITTEE

LB 38: Harr. To allow digital or electronic signatures for recording in register of deeds offices. GOOD BILL/ GENERAL FILE

LB 43: Hilkemann. To prevent government subdivisions from charging more than $1 per month for uniform 911 service surcharges. GOOD BILL/ TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE

LB 45: Watermeier. To allow members of the military reserves to obtain license plates to honor the reserve branches of the armed forces. Most of the revenue raised would go to fund operations of state veteran cemeteries. GOOD BILL/ SELECT FILE

LB 46: Watermeier. To allow pro-life license plates, with $5 additional fee, beginning in 2018. Proceeds would go to the state fund for child abuse prevention. GOOD BILL/ GENERAL FILE

LB 47: Watermeier. To require the state to pay costs now paid by counties for inmates, such as witness compensation and autopsies, averaging $2,800 per inmate, if such inmates in state prison. The NE Association of County Officials supports this bill. GOOD BILL/ JUDICIARY COMMITTEE

LB 62: Scheer. To allow public school teachers to wear religious clothing. The original, archaic statute based on the flawed belief that such allowance would establish an official religion in a school. GOOD BILL/ GENERAL FILE

LB 68: Hilgers. To require that the carrying, registration, transfer, and storage of firearms have state regulation, not local ordinance regulation. The bill would end the Omaha burdensome gun registration requirements and its ban on handgun ownership by those under 21. State law already prohibits those under 21 from having concealed carry permits. GOOD BILL/ GOVERNMENT COMMITTEE

LB 84: Blood. To allow admission of evidence of drunken driving in civil lawsuits regarding civil liability, negligence, etc. GOOD BILL/ JUDICIARY COMMITTEE

LB 93: Hansen. To prohibit misuse of automatic license plate readers by unauthorized parties, in order to insure privacy. Violators will face civil liability. These automated readers allow law enforcement to pursue criminal warrants and enforce parking and traffic laws. GOOD BILL/ JUDICIARY COMMITTEE

LB 94: Kolterman. To increase amount of funds offered by state investment officer to financial institutions as deposits under the NE Capital Expansion Act from $6 million to $16 million. GOOD BILL/ GENERAL FILE

LB 100: Stinner. To require clear and convincing standards of proof for easier access to firearms by citizens cleared by state mental health board. GOOD BILL/ JUDICIARY COMMITTEE

LB 102: Hilkemann. To increase penalty of up to 50 yrs. in prison for tampering with a witness or informant from a Class IV felony penalty to a Class II felony. Witnesses are crucial to criminal prosecutions, particularly in homicide and domestic violence cases. Witness threatening is common, especially in gang situations. Witnesses change stories or disappear from fear or intimidation, causing case dismissals. Lighter plea deals often result. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 106: Brasch. Women who bear a child as a result of rape could terminate the parental rights, visitation, and custody of whoever raped them. Offenders still would pay child support. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 109: Blood. To provide for a temporary teaching certificate for military spouses transferred to NE. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 118: Hilkemann. An NTF-originated bill that would permit families to establish education savings accounts to pay for school expenses, including private school tuition, fees, books, computers, distance learning, and college entrance exams. Contributions of up to $2,000 to accounts and interest earned would become exempt from state income taxes. Corporations, partnerships, and associations could contribute. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 119: Groene. To delay the deadline for certifying state aid to schools amounts from March 1 to June 1, allowing legislators time to change the school aid formula. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 121: Brewer. To exclude military pensions from state income tax. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 127: Groene. To enhance the Open Meetings Act by requiring a governing body to publish meeting notices in a newspaper in each county under the governing body jurisdiction. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 128: Groene. To make ineligible for food stamps anyone convicted of 3 or more felonies involving sale or distribution of illegal drugs. Anyone convicted of 1 or 2 felonies involving sale or distribution of illegal drugs could not access food stamps unless enrolled in an accredited drug rehab program or submits to random and periodic drug tests. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 134: Brasch. Licensed establishments that produce eggs and only stores, packages, sells, and delivers them would become exempt from some state regulations. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 149: Stinner. To reduce Legislative Council appropriations by $1.6 million. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 151: Stinner. Any department or agency audited by the State Auditor and subject to auditor report will before 6 months after report give auditor a detailed description of corrective action taken in response to report. Auditor may investigate and evaluate the corrective action at entity expense. Auditor will send report to Governor and Appropriations Committee for entry into the record during this committee budget hearing process. Currently, agencies sometimes ignore audit reports, its findings not corrected from one audit to the next. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 154: Geist. To exempt from filing fee a completion certificate for new or reconstructed dam and reservoir or enlargement of a dam and reservoir. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 162: Krist. To increase from a Class IV felony to a Class III or Class IIA felony tampering with a witness or informant, jury tampering, or bribery of a juror. A juror commits a Class III or Class IIA felony, up from a Class IV felony, for vote bribery. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 165: Brewer. To require all private NE businesses to obtain an employer ID number and use the E-Verify system to screen out illegal aliens from employment. Businesses that knowingly employ new illegal aliens will suffer ID number suspension or revocation. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 172: Albrecht. To make more conservative NE employment law. GOOD BILL/ LABOR COMMITTEE

LB 178: Bolz. To allow protection orders against rapists. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 184: Lindstrom. To allow 5 instead of 3 business days to cancel an agreement with a loan broker. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 185: Lindstrom. If an applicant for a license does not complete filling it out and fails to respond to renewal notices to correct the deficiency within 120 days, a department can consider the license abandoned. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 187: Schumacher. To increase the dollar threshold for financial transactions exempt from registration and provide an annual adjustment of dollar amount. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 188: Howard. In a family that includes a child conceived by a victim of rape, and a biological parent convicted of the rape, such biological parent not considered for purpose of requiring reasonable efforts to preserve and reunify family. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 190: Kintner. That maximum tax levied on expensive cigars is 50c apiece. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 191: Pansing Brooks. To allow renewal of domestic violence protection orders for 1 year. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 196: Craighead. To allow state chartered savings and loan associations and credit unions the same rights, powers, privileges, and immunities as federal institutions. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 198: McCollister. To terminate the unneeded Crimes Against Children Fund and transfer its money to the General Fund. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 203: Kuehn. To restrict maximum annual unemployment benefits and benefit disqualification. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 207: Krist. To protect whistleblowers who contact the Office of Inspector General of NE Child Welfare and disclose information of wrongdoing. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 210: Watermeier. To protect taxpayer confidentiality regarding tax incentive performance audits. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 214: Halloran. To terminate the unneeded Master Teacher Program. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 221: Stinner. To return over $400,000 in previous appropriations from the Water Sustainability Fund to the General Fund. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 240: Baker. To allow videoconferencing and phone conferences for public school board meetings. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 241: Craighead. An exception to the annual privacy notice requirement under the Privacy of Insurance Consumer Act for companies that have not changed policies and practices regarding disclosing nonpublic personal information from most recent previous disclosure. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 250: Harr. In a motion to revoke probation, probationer not entitled to prompt consideration of such charge by sentencing court, if he failed or refused to report to his probation officer as ordered by a court. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 262: Groene. To prohibit use of tax increment financing for buying, planning, or preparing for development undeveloped vacant land that is not depressed or blighted. Clarify TIF not allowed on undeveloped vacant land outside city limits or within city limits for less than 40 years. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 263: Transportation Comm. To allow vehicle dealers to utilize electronic means for process vehicle titles and registrations. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 280: Crawford. To allow sex trafficking victims to obtain address confidentiality. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 282: Riepe. To allow medical telehealth services for behavioral health. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 289: Pansing Brooks. To increase the penalty for pandering and sex trafficking to a Class II felony, facing 20 yrs. To life imprisonment. Anyone physically harming a sex trafficking victim would face up to 50 yrs. in prison. Anyone who benefits from such venture faces a Class IIA felony. These crimes are separate and distinct offenses, and sentences will be consecutive to any other sentence imposed. Conservative Att.-Gen. Peterson endorsed this bill. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 293: Larson. To add U-47700 as an illegal drug. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 295: Smith. To allow organizations to apply to the Education Dept. to become certified as a scholarship-granting organization under the Opportunity Scholarships Act. Groups must be non-profit, offer one or more scholarships to eligible poor students to more than 1 school and will become certified for tax credits. Individual taxpayers who make one or more cash contributions to one or more organizations during a tax year can gain a state income tax credit. This bill would offer parents educational choice for their children at private or parochial schools. Trusts and corporations also could make contributions and claim tax credits. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 296: McCollister. To hold immune from civil liability doctors or other health care professionals who prescribe and any pharmacist who dispenses non-patient-specific medication to a school for emergency responses to asthma or allergic reactions, unless damage or injury caused by willful or wanton act or omission. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 300: Krist. To end the statute of limitations on civil suits for sexual assault on a child. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 301: Albrecht. To allow either electronic or mailed notices of determinations of claims under the state unemployment law. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 308: Brasch. To ascertain that any curriculum recommended or approved by the committee on Americanism is made readily accessible to the public. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 318: Hughes. To allow phone conferencing instead of face to face meetings of the NE Brand Committee. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 321: Lowe. To allow all public school clubs to practice with firearms. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 322: Craighead. If the Tax Equalization Review Commission increases or decreases a class of real property, a county must receive a rehearing, if additional evidence discovered. This provision will help stop the TERC from unilaterally raising property valuations. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 331: Scheer. To transfer surplus funds from the Legal Education for Public Service and Rural Practice Loan Repayment Assistance Fund to the General Fund. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 333: Scheer. To more closely scrutinize aid to the disabled. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 334: Scheer. To eliminate an unneeded welfare pilot program for child wards of the state. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 337: Smith. To cut the top individual income tax rate from 6.4% to 5.99% in 8 increments, beginning in 2020. However, each step would apply only if state revenues grew by at least 3.5% that fiscal year. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 338: Brasch. To value ag and horticultural land at its earning potential value. This method pegs taxes considering ag land yield and prices for crops and livestock. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 339: Friesen. To merge the Dept. of Aeronautics into the Dept. of Roads and rename merger as Dept. of Transportation, saving taxpayer money. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 340: Murante. To transfer duties from Division of Veterans Homes in Dept. of Health & Human Services to Dept. of Veterans Affairs, streamlining services for veterans and saving taxpayer money. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 342: Erdman. To allow temporary nursing licenses for military spouses to help fill state nurse shortage. Unnecessary and duplicative occupational licenses dampen job growth and prevent people from advancing their careers or starting small businesses. These redundancies stifle upward economic mobility. A White House Council of Economic Advisors report stated unnecessary occupational license requirements can depress employment and raise consumer prices by up to 16%. License fees really are only a tax. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 345: Craighead. To eliminate an experience requirement for registered abstractors. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 346: Lowe. To eliminate unneeded licensing for vehicle and motorcycle salespersons. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 347: Geist. To eliminate duplicative fees and requirements for school bus permits. School bus drivers already must obtain commercial drivers licenses. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 348: Larson. To eliminate the NE Potato Development Fund and transfer its funds to the General Fund. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 351: McCollister. To allow veteran drivers license plates for those who served in the army, army reserve, navy, navy reserve, marine corps, marine corps reserve, coast guard, coast guard reserve, air force, air force reserve, or National Guard. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 362: Riepe. To establish health savings accounts with income tax deduction. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 368: Lowe. To repeal mandatory motorcycle helmets for those at least 21 but still require eye protection. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 370: Lowe. To permit lawful Nebraskans to buy a handgun without a background check or paper trail. To buy or lease a gun, citizens no longer would have to apply for a certificate from their local police chief or sheriff, who now can deny applications without citing cause. Federal law would still require a background check if purchasing a gun from a licensed dealer. Citizens could buy a gun from a hobbyist or private seller without a check. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 385: Lindstrom. To allow legal representatives of individuals, a trustee, or someone with power of attorney to appeal property tax valuation increases. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 388: Lindstrom. To authorize remote electronic notary acts for convenience. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 390: Albrecht: it removes the word exclusive from the language in the Papio NRD’s current general obligation bonding statute.  By removing the word exclusive, County Boards will now have a say in whether or not the Papio NRD can issue bonds for dams within their zoning jurisdiction.  The existing language states that the County Boards have a say if the dam is within their “exclusive” zoning jurisdiction; currently none of the proposed dams are within a County’s exclusive area so the current language is irrelevant.  During the 2009 debate on LB 160, the Senators were assured that County Boards would have a “say” in the building of dams in their counties; however, the Papio NRD maneuvered to add the word exclusive which ultimately negated the County’s say. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 400: Hilkemann. To refund motor vehicle registration fee for the number of unexpired months in the registration period. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 431: Erdman. The purpose of this bill is to correct the relationship between taxes levied and cash reserved. LB431 intends to cap cash reserves at 50% of the total amount received from personal and real property taxes, instead of through projected budgeting. Furthermore, the bill intends to strip governing bodies from their ability to build-up exorbitant cash reserves which exceed 50% of their total tax asking ability. LB431 will accomplish this goal by changing the wording of Nebraska State Statute 13-504(b) and (c). The bill will strike the words, “budget adopted” from these two sections of the statute and replace them with the words, “amount received from personal and real property taxation.” This change in the wording of Nebraska State Statute 13-504(b) and (c) shall limit incoming cash reserves to 50% of the governing body’s tax asking ability and cap the total amount of these cash reserves at this same amount. There is simply no reason for any governing body within the State to hold more than 50% of its operating costs in cash reserves. GOOD BILL/ PASSED

LB 432: Erdman. Some tax asking entities are abusing their tax asking authority by adding delinquent taxes to their tax asking ability. Such a practice constitutes an abuse of taxpayers’ monies, especially when less than 0.05% of real estate taxes go unpaid. This bill is intended to strip tax asking entities of their authority to add delinquent taxes to their tax asking ability. LB432 will remove that portion of Nebraska State Statute 13-508 which provides tax asking entities with the option of adding delinquent taxes to their tax asking ability. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 435: Ebke. To increase the penalty from a Class III felony to a Class II penalty for escaping from prison with force, threat, or deadly weapon. The penalty would reach up to 20 yrs. in prison. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 440: Wishart. To provide immunity from civil or criminal liability for removing or rescuing an animal from a vehicle by forced entry if animal is at imminent risk of suffering harm or death. Individual must contact law enforcement agency or emergency service before entering vehicle. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 453: Lindstrom. To exempt social security benefits from state income tax in increments and at different levels. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 454: Lindstrom. To permit credit unions to opt out of licensing loan officers. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 466: Brasch. To allow nurse-midwives to practice independently without direct physician supervision. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 472: Bostelman. To not require Dept. of Roads permits or fees to erect signs or displays on private roadside property. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 479: Groene. To schedule public hearings on the state budget on a day other than regularly scheduled hearing days and for an indefinite length of time. Copies of the budget available to the public. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 494: Briese. To allow withholding from the public information related to critical physical or cyber assets of energy infrastructure like computer programs, data, and personnel identities, , disclosing of which might pose a threat to public safety or critical infrastructure security. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 500: Brewer. To allow law enforcement officers and retired officers with employment photo ID and firearms training to carry a concealed weapon anywhere in the state. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 503: Brewer. To prohibit public employer labor union agreements for public employees from requiring or allowing the deduction of dues from employee wages on behalf of a union. This bill will prevent unions from using union dues for political campaigns and candidates. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 504: Brewer. To place a 2-year moratorium on industrial development of wind-generated energy projects and placement of wind turbines for generation of electricity within Sand Hills. Wind turbines are causing noise pollution and killing scores of birds in our state. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 505: Brewer. That the legislature require timely and adequate reporting of information from resettlement organizations so that citizens and government officials can make better decisions regarding the trends and potential security risks of these resettlement programs. Each resettlement agency twice annually must submit a report to the welfare dept. that contains a list of numbers of refugees the agency has received for resettlement within the reporting period. Information must include month, nation of origin, age, sex, family status, reason for refugee or asylum status. Report must contain totals of welfare benefits for each program and amount of federal aid the agency has received from the feds by month, and amounts of federal aid received by refugees with agency help. The dept. must post reports on a web site. Reports must go to the Governor, state senators, and congressmen. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 507: Albrecht. To eliminate the farm labor contracts act that stifles competition. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 508: Hilgers. To apply the civil service system to all counties. GOOD BILL/IN COMMITTEE

LB 535:Hughes. To exempt easements for oil, gas, or mineral leases from filing statements with register of deeds. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 537: Hughes. To require applicants and recipients of welfare who test positive for illegal drug use to become ineligible for cash welfare payments. If a drug test returns positive, applicant or recipient must complete a drug abuse treatment program and job skills program. Those who fail or refuse to complete programs cannot obtain cash welfare assistance for 1 yr. or until they complete both programs. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 545: Watermeier. To transfer from the General Fund to the Property Tax Credit Fund $424 million for 2018, $624 million for 2019, and $824 million in 2020 and each year thereafter. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 547: Watermeier. Threat of eminent domain by state public utilities against private electric generation and transmission facilities has quashed private investment in NE. That the state should remove restrictions on private investment and free market economics in utilities. To prohibit public utilities from using eminent domain to restrict private electric generation or transmission investment in the state. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 549: Lindstrom. To eliminate requirement that real estate broker trust accounts be non-interest- bearing. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 556: Halloran. Anyone who uses a fake firearm to commit a felony commits a Class IIA felony. Use of a fake firearm is a separate offense from another felony and sentence imposed will be consecutive. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 558: Schumacher. To define a knife as a dangerous weapon only if intended to kill or cause serious bodily injury. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 567: Bolz. To require the state to pay the cost for office and service facilities used for administration of state welfare programs, a cost now paid for by counties. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 568: Erdman. To allow the state board of education to issue temporary teacher certificates valid for 5 years to those at least 21 yrs. old, who have a high school certificate, complete 24 hrs. of in-service training, pass a test on the U.S. Constitution and on the state constitution, submit fingerprints for a criminal background check, and submit an application with fee. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 569: Friesen: To create a task force to report on community college duplication of services and the cost of funding them, then recommend alternative funding mechanisms. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 574: Kintner. To criminalize harassment and intimidation by phone call or texting. Penalty is up to 3 months in prison and $500 fine. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 576: Brewer. To place a moratorium on property taxes for the next 2 fiscal years, giving time for senators to pass a comprehensive property tax relief bill. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 577: Hilgers. To criminalize by a Class IB felony assault against a law officer, firefighter, or emergency care medic on duty by ambush and knowingly or intentionally causing serious bodily injury to them. Penalty merits a minimum 40 yr. prison sentence, a maximum life sentence, and up to $100,000 fine. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 579: McDonnell. To eliminate city occupation taxes unless the city council places the issue on a ballot and voters vote to continue it for 4 years. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 588: Crawford. To exempt reflexology from licensing under the message therapy practice act, another unneeded regulation eliminated. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 593: Hughes. To criminalize trespassing in vehicles, farm equipment, planes, and boats, a Class III misdemeanor for 1st or 2nd conviction and Class I conviction for 3rd or subsequent conviction. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 595: Groene. To permit school teachers to use physical force, restraint, or removal from a class for violent students or those showing destructive behavior. Teachers and administrators defending themselves, other teachers, administrators, or students cannot become subject to lawsuits or administrative discipline. A teacher can remove a student who seriously interferes with teacher ability to teach or ability of students to learn. A principal cannot return such student to a classroom unless teacher consents but may place such student in another classroom, another education program, or in-school suspension. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 596: Groene. To exempt horse massage therapy from credentialing and regulation, eliminating another unneeded regulation. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 598: Groene. To require the Commission of Industrial Relations when establishing wage rights to include local factors regarding census data on family incomes, local area and regional consumer price indices, and information from the state labor department about employer benefits in the regional business community. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 599: Groene. To exempt improvements on land intended for business or housing from property tax until occupied, sold, or leased. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 602: Erdman. That the value of ag and horticultural land will base on the capitalized net earning capacity of the land and its current use as ag or horticultural land. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 603: Riepe. To require a high-deductible group health insurance plan for state employees. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 615: Wayne. To allow expunging of criminal history record information in arrests based on mistaken identify by law enforcement agency and no charges filed. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 619: Wayne. To allow all NE counties to conduct elections by mail. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 623: Wishart. To criminalize assault against a law officer, probation officer, parole officer, firefighter, emergency care provider, jail employee, or HHS dept. employee during performance of their official duties. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 624: Wishart. To withhold from the public for 5 yrs. law enforcement officer residential address in county records upon request by law enforcement officer to county assessor and register of deeds. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 629: Larson. To exempt several commercial drivers license holders, like livestock feeders and agrichemical businesses, from hazardous waste endorsement requirements. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 636: Bostelman. To prohibit intentional interference with hunting, trapping, or fishing by intimidation using a phone or other communication device. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 637: Bostelman. Information gathered by the state patrol or other federal, state, county, or local department or agency about gun registration, ownership, sale, or use is confidential and not part of a public record. Leftists have targeted gun owners for harassment by examining public records of firearms ownership. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 650: Linehan. To expand the criteria for earning a teachers certificate to additional applicants, valid for 5 school years and renewable if applicant received satisfactory evaluations during each year. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 657: Wayne. To require electric power providers to provide cost breakdowns for charges covering energy, transmission, and administrative costs on bill. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 660: Wayne. To allow private companies to sell and deliver retail electricity. Public utilities cannot use eminent domain to confiscate facilities, land, or other property used by private retailers to generate, transmit, and distribute electricity. The Public Service Commission would regulate these companies. A study found that NE ratepayers could save at least $250 million annually with retail choice. Our public utilities claim that public power offers ratepayers a direct voice in setting rates, yet our rates have skyrocketed for several years, partly because of monopolies. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 661: Kuehn. To provide confidentiality regarding manufacturers and suppliers of chemicals used to perform a lethal injection death sentence. Radical leftists are harassing companies and individuals who are providing such chemicals. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 664: Kuehn. To prohibit political subdivisions from using tax dollars or fees to lay lobbyists, who often lobby against taxpayer interests. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 666: Kintner. To allow owners of concealed carry firearms to transport, ship, or receive them if unloaded and stored in a case. GOOD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

BAD BILLS:
LB 34: Ebke. To prohibit a person from filing as a candidate for a political party, unless that party has at least 10,000 persons registered to vote with such party. This bill means to prevent 3rd party candidates from filing for offices. BAD BILL/ GOVERNMENT COMMITTEE

LB 41: Hilkemann. To increase fines from $25 to $50 for failure to provide a child restraint system in a vehicle and change enforcement from a secondary to a primary offense. BAD BILL/ TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE

LB 42: Hilkemann. To force drivers to place children in child restraint systems up to 8 instead of 6 years old and mandate rear-facing seats for all children up to age 2. BAD BILL/ TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE

LB 44: Watermeier. To force all businesses to charge Nebraska sales tax for online sales. Each online business must forward annual paperwork records to the state revenue dept. This measure would influence some online businesses to quit doing business in our state, depriving our citizens of market choices, because non-compliance would result in fines. Requiring Internet companies to remit sales taxes is a congressional issue. BAD BILL/ REVENUE COMMITTEE

LB 52: Schumacher. To require all loan recipients to pay a .25% tax on the amount of interest paid back on their loans, burdening citizens who have home mortgages, car loans, etc. BAD BILL/ REVENUE COMMITTEE

LB 55: Schumacher. To force landowners to mow all weeds to the middle of all public roads running along their lands 3 times instead of 2 times annually. BAD BILL/ TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE

LB 69: Pansing Brooks. To increase the earned income tax credit from 10% to 20% of the federal credit allowed, another welfare benefit. BAD BILL/ REVENUE COMMITTEE

LB 75: Wayne. To restore voting rights to convicted felons upon completion of prison sentence. Present law requires felons to wait 2 years after leaving prison. BAD BILL/ GOVERNMENT COMMITTEE

LB 76: Wayne. To require prison officials to notify county election officials of those completing felony sentences, another state mandate. BAD BILL/ GOVERNMENT COMMITTEE

LB 81: Blood. To raise from $5 to $25 the cost charged for each application for a handgun certificate to cover the cost of a criminal history background check, a bill to target lawful gun owners. BAD BILL/JUDICIARY COMMITTEE

LB 91: Hilkemann. To require all infants born in NE to become screened, at parental expense, for inherited or congenital infant or childhood diseases as specified by the state welfare department. Although the state supreme court has ruled that the state has an interest in the health and welfare of all children born here, the department has interpreted the rule to mean that parents have no right to disagree with it. There exists only a small incidence of inherited and childhood diseases. Parents should have the right to decide on testing based on family history and physician advice. Recall the Obama Care premise that government will become the means to not only control your public life but private life also. This bill offers a blank check for our state already overstepping its bounds. Recall that the state removed a nursing infant from its mother, because the family objected to medical testing for religious reasons. 49 states permit parents to opt out of state-mandated medical testing. BAD BILL/ HHS COMMITTEE

LB 92: Kolterman. To force insurance companies to provide coverage for telehealth services, regardless of patient residence in state. BAD BILL/ BUSINESS COMMITTEE

LB 97: Crawford. To create the Riverfront Development District Act, which would allow this district to levy an additional property tax on businesses located within its district. The spread of these districts has disrupted commercial businesses and convinced some to move to other locations to avoid this additional tax. BAD BILL/ URBAN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE

LB 98: Friesen. To extend 3c maximum property tax levying authority through FY 2025-2026 to several NRDs. BAD BILL/ REVENUE COMMITTEE

LB 112: Hansen. To allow voters who move from one county to another in NE to vote provisionally, without having to re-register, which may enhance the opportunity for voter fraud. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 116: Harr. To force insurance companies in their vehicle policies to include whoever is driving the vehicle instead of the named insured in the policy or a member of his family. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 120: Schumacher. To force the state to offer family planning services to those at or below 185% of the federal poverty level. Cost: $1 million. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 129: Morfeld. To increase the earned income tax credit from 10% to 12% of the federal credit allowed, another welfare benefit. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 158: Pansing Brooks. To require all counties to pay for legal representation for youths in juvenile court, adding another expensive unfunded mandate to counties. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 163: Vargas. To force the election commissioner in the 3 largest counties to establish at least 3 locations in the county where registered voters may vote early, if they choose not to vote at their neighborhood precinct, all in different legislative districts and open at least 30 days prior to election date and open at least 8 hours on Saturdays. This bill wastes money, as ballot access and voter turnout both already are high in these counties, and voters easily can vote by mail. Each offsite location would cost about $165,000. 2 additional permanent and 10 temporary employees required. Douglas County would spend an extra $330,000 per election. Retaining the same locations for every election, given the short time needed, at reasonable prices, will be difficult. It is a solution seeking a problem. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 173: Morfeld. To force NE businesses to not discriminate against sexual perverts, notwithstanding business owner political or religious beliefs. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 174: Morfeld. To receive tax credits for employing apprentices after Jan. 1, 2018. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 179: Bolz. More welfare services for foster care youth. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 189: Howard. To appropriate $1 million for the next 2 fiscal years to recruit and retain caseworkers for child welfare.
BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 192: Pansing Brooks. To establish an expensive new jury selection bureaucracy. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 194: Vargas. To cap interest rates on payday loans at 36% and cap monthly payments at 5% of borrower gross monthly income. The leftist NE Appleseed supports the bill. Current regulations already prevent borrowers from continuing rolling over old loans when unable to pay. System already offer people small loans when no one else will loan them money. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 199: McCollister. Eliminate state aid to counties for law enforcement and jail operations, leaving counties with an unfunded mandate, as the state boards state prisoners in county jails. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 205: Krist. To appropriate an additional $7 million to the welfare department for the developmental disabilities program because of state bungling in handling federal funding that ended. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 206: Krist. To appropriate $14 million more in state funding for developmental disabilities program. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 211: Hansen. To raise minimum wage for those compensated by tips 2 times by Jan. 2018. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 215: Harr. To give state income tax credit subsidies to E-15 fuel dealers. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 216: Harr. To appoint a bureaucratic commission after the 2020 census to redistrict NE electoral districts, despite the state constitution specifically designating the Legislature to accomplish such. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 224: Crawford. To allow increased welfare payments under TANF to welfare clients. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 242: Bolz. To appropriate $1.2 million for the next 2 fiscal years to UNL to recruit students who study to become behavioral health professionals. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 246: Morfeld. To allow public school districts with over 1,000 students to bust their spending lids up to $100,000 and public school districts with fewer than 1,000 student to bust their lids up to $50,000 for expanded learning opportunities, including those outside the classroom. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 247: Morfeld. To allow public school districts to bust their tax levy and use their bonding authority to pay for cybersecurity. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 248: Harr. To spend funds on an unneeded youth opportunities in learning act. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 252: Crawford. To force individuals to file electioneering reports with the accountability and disclosure commission if participating in election communications during election season and spending over $250. Violators can face fines of up to $750 for a Class IV misdemeanor. This bill would harass conservative activists who spend a little of their own money to support a conservative candidate(s). BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 256: Briese. To establish a new bureaucracy in NE cities to force owners to register vacant properties. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 260: Hansen. To force the state ag dept. to establish and administer a state food insecurity nutrition incentive grant program to award state grants. Cost: $150,000. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 261: Hansen. To establish funding for worker adjustment and retraining notifications that would clamp burdensome regulations on companies closing down. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 267: Linehan. To force nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities annually to offer onsite vaccinations for flu and pneumococcal diseases to all employee and residents. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 269: Watermeier. To force movie theaters with 5 or more screens at 1 location to provide open movie captioning during at least 2 shows per week of each movie. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 270: Kolowski. To appropriate an additional $1.5 million from the General Fund to the state education department for its unneeded expanded learning opportunity grant program. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 277: Wayne. To force election commissioners and county clerks to increase the number of voting precincts, adding costs to their offices and taxpayers. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 279: Hilkemann. To force all new public school buses transporting students after Jan. 2018 to become equipped with seat belts, an added cost for school districts. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 290: Vargas. To provide automatic voter registration when applying for or renewing a drivers license or state ID card. The bill also would automatically register applying for or renewing welfare applications. Such bill would facilitate illegal aliens voting. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 305: Crawford. To begin a paid family leave/ medical leave insurance program costing $12 million and beginning in 2020. Eligible employees would receive 2/3rds of their regular pay for up to 12 weeks for their own health or birth and up to 6 weeks for family member care. Labor unions support the bill; business groups oppose it. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 311: Morfeld. To allow those convicted of drug felonies to regain access to food stamps. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 312: Briese. To raise the state sales tax. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE
LB 313: Briese. To raise the state sales tax from 5.5c to 6.5 c and increase the earned income tax credit, a welfare program. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 325: Harr. To exempt from sales and use taxes purchases of energy-equipment items worth $1,500 or less. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 326: Kolowski. To allow public school districts to levy an additional 3c per $100 of property valuation if approved for a fiscal year by a 2/3rds majority vote of a school board after a public hearing, another budget-busting bill. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 350: McCollister. To permit convicted felons to petition judges to erase their convictions after leaving prison instead of petitioning the Board of Pardons. Such measure would result in businesses inadvertently hiring convicted felons, not knowing of their criminal background. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 354: Kolowski. To prohibit employers from asking potential employees or their previous employers about their current or prior wages. Violators face a Class IV misdemeanor. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 356: Bolz. To transfer $75,000 annually to a Civic Engagement Cash Fund for community research and education grants relating to voter registration and leadership development, another cash cow for leftist groups. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 357: Bolz. To increase fees for titling vehicles and trailers from another state. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 358: McCollister. To increase eligibility for food stamps for those earning gross income up to 185% of the federal poverty level. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 392: Larson. To force the Dept. of Agriculture to establish criteria for designating counties embracing wind farms upon county official request and public hearing. Wind farms offer only sporadic energy and cause noise pollution in rural areas. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 410: Smith. To increase number of Public Service Commissioners from 5 to 7. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 412: Bolz. To encourage the state investment office to invest funds in renewable energy companies instead of fossil fuel companies. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 420: McCollister. To permit employers to ask prospective employees through a criminal background check only about a limited number of offenses, thereby blocking employers from learning about the entire criminal history of a prospective employee. BAD BILL/IN COMMITTEE

LB 427: Vargas. To force public, private, and parochial schools to allow students to breast-feed their babies and store breast milk. This bill introduced apparently because there are so many pregnant high school girls in the sponsor’s district. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 428: Vargas. To force every NE school district to have a written policy having standards and guidelines to accommodate pregnant students conforming to minimum standards established by the state education department. To provide such students with tutoring assistance, breast-feeding facilities, and locate child care facilities. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 429: Wishart. To offer tax credits to individuals who hold shares in renewable energy generation facilities. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 438: Howard. To increase the tax on a pack of cigarettes from 64c to $2.14 and raise taxes on other tobacco products. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 441: Morfeld. To expand Obama Care Medicaid coverage to 99,000 additional Nebraskans. The new Congress will repeal Obama Care, thus making such coverage impossible anyway. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 442: Bolz. To establish an unneeded medical assistance managed care organization oversight committee to study inadequacies in our medical welfare system. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 446: Chambers. His annual bill to eliminate the death penalty, despite Nebraska voters overwhelmingly re-establishing it. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 447: Chambers. Eliminate mandatory minimum penalties for several felonies. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 448: Chambers. To outlaw hunting of mountain lions, though hunting safeguards livestock. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 449: Chambers. To outlaw hunting of black-tailed prairie dogs that pose a danger to livestock and horses. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 450: Chambers. To allow physician-assisted suicide for those with less than 6 months to live. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 452: Lindstrom. To impose a state sales tax on services. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 485: Pansing Brooks. To replace Columbus Day state holiday with one celebrating Nebraska Indian chiefs, another bill to discredit traditional history. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 490: Walz. To establish another college grant program. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 514: Bolz. To appropriate $100,000 to UNO for FY 2017-2018 to fund an unneeded position of justice initiative coordinator. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 515: Bolz. To create a bureaucratic state integrated education and training grant program. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 518: Williams. To adopt an unneeded rural workforce housing investment program. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 521: Walz. To expand early childhood education with additional funding, thus competing with both private entities and parents. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 523: Walz. To give additional financing aid from the NE Internet Enhancement Fund to private providers without requiring from them a contribution of at least 25% of total project cost. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 524: Walz. To appropriate $100,000 for FY 2017-18 and $100,000 for FY 2018-19 to give additional subsidies for the NE Internet Enhancement Fund. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 526: Morfeld. To make it more difficult for creditors to collect from debtors and keep more of their earnings from deserved garnishment. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 534: Vargas. To require hiring a housing coordinator within the welfare dept. to work with behavior health regions to locate in residential neighborhoods individuals transitioning out of civil commitment. Included are those with serious mental illness and drug abuse problems, just the kind of neighbors you want next door! Cost: $1,100,000. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 538: Wishart. To appropriate $151,500 for each of the next 2 fiscal years legal aid education and rural loan repayment assistance aid. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 552: Walz. To create an unneeded and bureaucratic Children’s Connection program. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 557: Harr. To spend a bundle on an unneeded Great Opportunities Nebraska Act. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 560: Schumacher. To allow prison inmates the right to review their solitary confinement by sending a request to a district court. To make categories of inmates like those 18 or younger or mentally ill immune to solitary confinement. This bill is one among others meant to coddle prison inmates. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 563: McCollister. To impose a state sales tax on many services. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 564: McCollister. To require sales tax levied on online purchasing, forcing citizens to pay sales tax on everything ordered via the Internet. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 575: Kolowski. Provide $2 million annually for funding for public school additional non-basic programs and classes. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 614: Wayne. To allow cities to use more than the current 4/10ths of 1% of taxable valuation of the city to spend local dollars on economic development programs, thus allowing cities to splurge additional tax money on schemes favoring only specific constituents. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 633: Kolowski. To authorize school districts by 2/3rds majority a school board, to levy an additional property tax and bust their budget lids for school security measure and student technology. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 647: Pansing Brooks. To increase salaries for Chief Justice and judges of the NE Supreme Court 2 years in a row. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 648: Pansing Brooks. To create a superfluous new machine age task force to enhance job creation. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

LB 658: Wayne. To force counties to pay for expert witnesses for a juvenile defendant if parents or guardians cannot afford to pay for one. BAD BILL/ IN COMMITTEE

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