With the deaths of George Floyd in Minnesota and James Scurlock in Nebraska, the Legislature’s Judiciary Committee will hold listening forums in Omaha and Lincoln to hear from members of the public about community policing and racial equity.
The forums will allow the public to speak directly to lawmakers tasked with oversight of the justice system. “Nebraskans have had the opportunity to express themselves through public demonstrations over the past two weeks,” said State Sen. Steve Lathrop, chairman of the Judiciary Committee. “Now, we are providing an opportunity to appeal directly to elected officials.”
- Omaha / Monday, June 8 / 9 am / Scott Conference Center in Aksarben Village.
- Lincoln / Tuesday, June 9 / 9 am / NET, Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Station.
- Both will be streamed on gov“Live Video Streaming” link.
The Judiciary Committee is responsible for processing legislation involving the following subject areas:
- courts; judges; procedures; Rules of Evidence; judicial districts; jurisdiction; juvenile code
- criminal code; crimes and punishments; capital punishment
- guardianships and conservatorships
- community corrections
- law enforcement; State Patrol
- criminal procedure; crime victim’s reparations
- civil procedure; civil law
- probation; parole
- real property; conveyances; liens; condemnation; eminent domain; landlords and tenants
- marriage and divorce; child custody
- child support; parenting time
- liens; liability; tort claims; civil rights; arbitration; obscenity; abortion
- handgun permits; possession and use of guns
LB803 (Hughes) MONITOR – SPEAKER PRIORITY BILL
- Creates a new promotional checkoff program for pulse crops, including dry peas, lentils, chickpeas or garbanzo beans, faba beans, and lupine. The bill also expands a waiver of a distance limitation for overweight/oversize vehicles transporting crops to include pulse crops.
LB1084 (Kolterman / MONITOR)
- The Nebraska Transformational Project Act would provide $300 million in state funding to the University of Nebraska Medical Center for their NExT Project. Before receiving $300 million, UNMC must show the economic impact to Nebraska is at least $2.7 billion during the planning and construction period and at least $4.9 billion over ten years.
- NExT Project has two components: a state of the art academic medical center facility and a federal all-hazard disaster response military and civilian partnership.
LB1159 (Stinner) SUPPORT
- Extends the initial training period for a noncertified pesticide applicator from 60 to 120 days prior to obtaining an initial commercial or noncommercial applicator license. The bill also authorizes unlimited exam attempts for the noncertified applicator during that training period.
Held In Committee
LB919 (Wayne / MONITOR)
- Hemp cultivator, processor-handler, and broker license and renewal applications shall only be denied if they are incomplete or deficient, including for nonpayment of the required application and registration fees, or if the applicant does not meet minimum qualifications.
LB946 (Briese / MONITOR)
- The bill lowers the sales tax rate and eliminates exemptions on services. Service includes all activities that are engaged in for other persons for a consideration and that involve predominantly the performance of a service as distinguished from selling or leasing tangible personal property.
Failed to Advance
LB974 (Linehan) MONITOR – REVENUE COMMITTEE PRIORITY BILL
- A complex property tax reduction and school funding bill. As amended by AM2433, the bill would reduce property taxes as a significant source of funding for K-12 education. Unless expressly exempt:
- Real property would be valued at 95% of actual value for the tax year 2020, 91% in the tax year 2021, and 86% in 2022 and after that.
- Agricultural and horticultural land would be valued at 65% of actual value in the tax year 2020, for purposes of taxes levied by a school district and 75% of actual value for taxes levied by other political subdivisions.
- Agricultural and horticultural land would be valued at 60% of actual value in the tax year 2021, for purposes of taxes levied by a school district and 75% of actual value for taxes levied by other political subdivisions.
- Agricultural and horticultural land would be valued at 55% of actual value in the tax year 2022, and each tax year after that, for purposes of taxes levied by a school district and 75% of actual value for taxes levied by other