All bills introduced by the Legislature are assigned to a committee for a public hearing. Bills advanced to the floor for debate by the full body of the Legislature go through three levels of debate: General File, Select File, and Final Reading.
Bills Advanced to General File
The Transportation and Telecommunications Committee sent several issues of interest to counties to the floor as part of a committee amendment to LB 751. The original bill would amend Nebraska statutes to comply with federal law. Language from LB 718 addresses the issuance of titles. LB 726 eliminates requirement for the Department of Motor Vehicles to send out certain notices by certified or registered mail. LB 769 eliminates the authority of county treasurers to issue duplicate or replacement driver licenses. LB751 was designated as a Transportation and Telecommunications Committee priority bill.
County officials participating in the defined contribution retirement plan would be given another opportunity to join the cash balance plan under a Nebraska Retirement Systems Committee amendment to LB 916. The concept was introduced as LB 1036. LB 916 was designated as a
committee priority. The committee's second priority bill, LB 867, would allow Lancaster County to reduce the employer match from 150 percent to 100 percent for new hires.
Bills Advanced to Select File
Clerks of the district court would not be responsible for tracking down annulment and dissolution information needed by Vital Records pursuant to LB 904. Existing law provides a penalty for neglect or refusal to provide the information, which is sometimes omitted or incorrect on the records presented to the clerk of the district court by the parties. As the bill advanced from General File, a designation of "unknown" could be used if the plaintiff or his or her legal representative could not obtain the information.
LB 985 would provide statutory authority for a juvenile justice pilot project that has been operating in Douglas County for two years. The project helps provide community-based services for juveniles without forcing them to become wards of the state. The bill was advanced from the first round of debate on Tuesday.
Bills Advanced to Final Reading
The process for issuing treasurers tax deeds was revamped by an amendment to LB 370 that was adopted before the bill advanced from Select File on Wednesday. As introduced, the bill would have repealed treasurers tax deeds. As amended, the bill requires purchasers of tax sales certificates to provide additional notice to property owners before pursuing a tax deed and extends the period of redemption for owner-occupied parcels. Two bills, LB 1069 and LB 1093, addressing other aspects of tax sales on delinquent real property were heard by the Revenue Committee on Wednesday.
LB 536, a bill to allow the transfer of certain property without probate through a transfer on death deed, was amended three times on Select File. One amendment would address interests in growing crops and set out requirements for signing the document before witnesses. A floor amendment would revise warning language on the face of the deed to reflect a pro-rata distribution of assets. The third amendment would insert language from LB 818, which allows for the transfer of property between ex-spouses without documentary stamp taxes.
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