January 8, 2016                                                                          Legislative Report Archive 

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convLegislature Convened on January 6, 2016
The 104th Legislature, Second Session convened on Wednesday for a "short" 60-day session. Senators began bill introductions on the first day and will continue to introduce bills during the first ten days of the session. By the end of the third day, 188 bills and five constitutional amendments had been introduced. Bills that were not passed or killed in 2015 carried over at the same stage of debate. Full days of floor debate on carry-over bills will begin on Monday, January 11.
Following a recess day in recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on January 18, floor debate will be held in the morning and committee hearings on all bills will begin in the afternoon. After hearings conclude in late February, the body will resume full days of debate.
If a committee advances a bill to the full legislature, it is subject to three rounds of debate -- General File, Select File, and Final Reading -- before passage. Bills that pass will be sent to Governor Ricketts for a signature or veto. Adjournment is tentatively scheduled for April 20.
A Iist of senators and their contact information is here. A complete list of committee members and meeting information is available here.
The Legislature's website contains information pertinent to legislative activities: daily and session calendars, text of bills and amendments, daily agendas, hearing schedules, transcripts of debate, state laws, and more. Live video streaming of floor debate and committee hearings is provided by Nebraska Educational Television (NET). It is also available as a live mobile app.

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commtgNACO Legislative Committee Meeting Set for January 29

NACO's Legislative Committee will meet on January 29 to review and take positions on 2016 legislation. The meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the NACO office at 1335 H Street in Lincoln in the conference room on the second floor at the rear of the building.  


After brief introductory remarks, affiliate groups will meet for discussion of bills pertinent to their membership. After the groups have met, the NACO Legislative Committee will reconvene as a whole to review and take positions on the entire list of bills. All county officials are encouraged to attend or discuss areas of concern with their NACO Board representative prior to the meeting.


Because lunch will be provided, please notify the NACO office at (402)434-5660 or if you plan to attend. Although the Legislature will be in recess, parking around the Capitol may be limited. Public parking is not available behind the NACO office or in the MIPS lot. A parking garage is available at The Cornhusker, A Marriott Hotel at 12th and L Streets.


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snSnapshots of County Issues
A number of the bills introduced this week have an impact on counties. Some of these include:

County Operations
  • LB742 (Hansen) Change county population thresholds
  • LB807 (Williams) Allow counties of all sizes to waive quarterly reports by county attorneys
  • LB827 (Harr) Allow county treasurers to receive fees for services rendered to sanitary and improvement districts
  • LB671 (Krist) Repeal the Build Nebraska Act and change the distribution of sales tax revenue

  • LB682 (Craighead) Change deadlines for ballots for early voting and special elections by mail
  • LB695 (Crawford) Provide for the counting of ballots in sanitary and improvement district elections
  • LB741 (Hansen) Change electioneering provisions related to yard signs
  • LB779 (Schumacher) Change provisions relating to the partisan status of certain political subdivision offices
  • LB787 (Morfeld) Allow a voter to photograph and reveal a marked ballot

County Budgets
  • LB784 (Friesen) Change provisions relating to deficit expenditures by county boards

Property Tax/Valuation
  • LB717 (Groene) Change provisions relating to the assessment and valuation of real property
  • LB729 (Johnson) Change provisions of the Real Property Appraiser Act
  • LB776 (Gloor) Change revenue and taxation provisions
  • LB777 (Gloor) Change provisions relating to partial payments for property taxes held in escrow
  • LB797 (Harr) Change provisions relating to the accrual of interest on denied and reduced homestead exemptions
  • LB809 (Davis) Appropriate funds to the Property Tax Credit Cash Fund
  • LB825 (Davis) Provide reporting requirements for tax-exempt property
Law Enforcement/Courts
  • LB673 (Krist) Change provisions relating to appointment of guardians ad litem
  • LB693 (Morfeld) Change limitation of action provisions under the Political Subdivisions Tort Claims Act
  • LB720 (Kuehn) Change certain invasion of privacy provisions to include unmanned aircraft or unmanned aircraft systems
  • LB738 (Ebke) Prohibit the use of cell-site simulator technology or devices by law enforcement agencies
  • LB769 (Garrett) Change provisions relating to firearms
  • LB803 (Nebraska Retirement Systems Committee) Change disposition of court docket fees as prescribed
  • LB847 (Pansing Brooks) Change provisions relating to juries
  • LB848 (Pansing Brooks) Change provisions relating to courts
Mental/Behavioral Health
  • LB670 (Krist) Require a hearing prior to release for persons taken into custody for mental health reasons
  • LB780 (Schumacher) Change provisions relating to emergency protective custody
  • LB815 (Stinner) Change provisions relating to petitions for removal of a person's firearms-related disabilities or disqualifications. 
Juvenile Justice
  • LB675 (Krist) Change provisions relating to placement and detention of juveniles
  • LB709 (Howard) Provide for an alternative to detention for juveniles
  • LB845 (Pansing Brooks) Provide requirements relating to confinement of juveniles and provide a duty for the Inspector General of Nebraska Child Welfare
Veterans Issues
  • LB677 (Craighead) Change a residency qualification and military service requirement for certain veterans service officers
  • LB732 (Watermeier) Change provisions relating to Military Honor Plates
  • LB754 (Crawford) Create the Commission on Military and Veteran Affairs
  • LB763 (Garrett) Adopt the Nebraska is Honoring Our Military Exemption Act and provide an income tax exemption.
Noxious Weed Control
  • LB711 (Hughes) Change provisions of the Noxious Weed Control Act and create the Riparian Vegetation Management Task Force

Motor Vehicles
  • LB723 (Schumacher) Change sales and use tax collection fees
  • LB724 (Schumacher) Change sales and use tax collection fees
  • LB765 (Garrett) Increase original certificate of title fees for vehicles transferred to Nebraska from another state or country
  • LB783 (Lindstrom) Provide for registration of public power district vehicles as prescribed
  • LB785 (Friesen) Change provisions relating to the Motor Vehicle Operator's License Act
  • LB811 (Brasch) Change provisions relating to counties' use of alphanumeric and county number system license plates

  • LB725 (Schumacher) Provide an exception to a filing requirement relating to conveyances of real estate.

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