Picking up information

By johnworr  

As I become familiar to procedures and accustomed working 12-hour legislative days, it is impressed upon me the hard work and dedication of so many of you who also work extended days. I am quickly finding that every bill introduced offers an opportunity to learn about an issue and grant respect to various viewpoints. I look forward to hearing from you about your views on bills before the Legislature. You can watch our Legislature daily online at http://www.netnebraska.org/publicmedia/capitol.html or on television on NET2.

Continuing to expand my knowledge of important policy matters, this week, along with my fellow senators, we studied our funding process for K-12 education. While the state aid formula is based on needs and resources of school districts, there are other components that ultimately determine the state aid dollars received. This is an important issue as we consider budget cuts, and I will continue this learning process to ensure that District 16 schools benefit fairly.

Committee hearings began last week in the Legislature. I experienced my first hearing as a member of the Agriculture Committee on Jan. 18. We heard testimony in support of Tam Allans re-appointment to the State Fair Board, as well as testimony on LB 109 and LB 110, both introduced by Agriculture Committee Chair Sen. Carlson. LB 109 eliminates the registration requirement of agricultural liming products to correspond to requirements governing fertilizers and feeds not requiring similar product registration. LB 110 removes the requirement that all soil conditioner products be registered with the Department of Agriculture and requires the manufacturer or product guarantor be included with labeling information provided on or with products distributed commercially. The Ag Committee unanimously recommended Mr. Allan for re-appointment.

The Government, Military, & Veterans Affairs Committee also met for hearings this week. Among the bills that we heard testimony on were LB 14 and LB 101. Both of these bills have prompted a great deal of e-mail and letter correspondence. County clerks in District 16 expressed support of LB 14, a bill that increases register of deeds fees to provide for modern technology for records documentation. LB 101, introduced by Sen. Schilz of Ogallala, eliminates daylight savings time. I have heard a great deal from those in support and opposition to this idea, although there was no testimony in opposition to LB 101 at the public hearing. Both bills remain in committee at this time.

Bill introductions wrapped up on the 10th day of session, Jan. 19. I will carry five bills this session. This week I introduced LB 368 to prevent political parties from nominating candidates for office if the party did not have a candidate on the primary ballot. This legislation is supported by the Secretary of State. LB 690 is another bill that I brought on behalf of Americans United for Life. This legislation furthers existing parental notification requirements for an abortion by requiring parental consent or consent of a family member or legal guardian. The fifth bill that I introduced this session is LB 691. LB 691 was brought to me by the Soybean Association and will require state agencies to give purchasing preference to biobased products. Biobased products are derived from agriculture products, such as soybeans, corn and other plants or forestry materials that can build upon our agriculture base in Nebraska.

Sen. Lydia Brasch represents Nebraska’s 16th District. She can be reached at (402) 471-2728, District 15, State Capitol Lincoln, NE 68509 or lbrasch@leg.ne.gov.

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