Balance the Budget
The state’s fiscal year will end 6/30/17. Before the Legislature begins work on the next biennial budget (2017/18 – 2018/19), they have a small matter to clean-up. A $145 million-ish hole in the current budget.
LB22 was introduced on behalf of the Governor to get the state through the end of June. His revised budget has painful spending cuts and fund transfers from agency budgets. If reading the 112-page LB22 interests you, knock yourself out.
Passing LB22 sooner, rather than later, is a very good thing. Fortunately, the session-long political animosity among senators gave way to common sense, and LB22 moved from General File to Select File. Committee hearings on the 667 introduced bills are in full bloom.
LB144 – Change agricultural and horticultural adjusted valuations for calculating state aid to schools. Monday hearing the Education Committee.
LB305 – Adopts the Family Medical Leave Insurance Act that would allow four consecutive weeks if full time and 25 days if part-time. Monday hearing in Business & Labor Committee.
LB372 – Provides protections for employees with family care responsibilities under the Nebraska Fair Employment Practice Act .
LB67 – Fair Repair Act. Requires original equipment manufacturer to make diagnostic documents, equipment and tools available to the independent repair provider or owner of such equipment.
Your tracking sheet has information about bills of specific interest to NA-BA. For you political wonks who can’t get enough information try introduced legislation.