The way it is
Nebraska’s 2020 legislative session and all public hearings are suspended until the Speaker of the Legislature deems it safe to reconvene. Senators and their offices continue their work from remote locations.
Governor Ricketts has repeatedly said, “staying at home is a really good idea, but it’s not part of our plan.” Nebraska adopted the 10-person rule relatively early, the Governor said, ahead of action by most other states. With 321 confirmed coronavirus cases, and eight deaths, Nebraska ranks 44th in the country.
All 93 counties are now under the State Directed Health Measures to reduce morbidity and mortality; minimize disease transmission; protect health care personnel, and preserve health care system functioning:
- Imposes an enforceable, 10-person limit on public gatherings
- Prohibits medical and dental elective surgeries and procedures
- Requires all schools to operate without students through 5/31/2020
- Cancels school-related extracurricular activities through 5/31/2020
- Requires restaurants and bars to close their dining areas and move to takeout, delivery, and/or curbside service only. On a positive note, we can purchase up to a gallon of cocktails to go!
- Requires individuals to home quarantine for at least 14 days if:
- They have tested positive for COVID-19
- They have a fever of 100.4° F or above
- They have experienced a sudden onset of a cough and/or shortness of breath
- They reside or have resided with individuals who’ve tested positive for COVID-19 or have the above symptoms
- Some individuals in-home quarantine may not experience the onset of symptoms until the latter half of their 14-day quarantine period. In this case, the length of their quarantine may exceed 14 days. Individuals should remain in quarantine until seven days have passed since the onset of symptoms, symptoms have improved, and they have been fever-free for at least 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication
- The DHM’s limitation on public gatherings does not apply to:
- Retail or grocery stores where people should maintain six feet of distance from one another
- Daycares that may be operated at a school per the Governor’s executive order regarding childcare
- Other locations detailed in the DHM
LB187 SUPPORT (Hilkeman)
- Adds two new definitions to an eligible sports arena facility to the Sports Arena Facility Financing Assistance Act.
- Any sports complex which includes concession areas, parking facilities and onsite administrative offices connected with operating the sports complex.
- A multipurpose field meaning a rectangular field of grass or synthetic turf which is primarily used for competitive field sports, that may include soccer, football, flag football, lacrosse or rugby.
- The bill repeals the occupancy requirement to receive a turn back of sales tax and replaces occupancy with project completion date.
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.
- 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.
- UNMC must show an economic impact to Nebraska of at least $2.7 billion during the planning and construction period and at least $4.9 billion over ten years.
FAILED TO ADVANCE
LB974 MONITOR (Linehan) REVENUE COMMITTEE PRIORITY BILL
- This is a complex property tax and school funding bill. As amended by AM2433, the bill would reduce property taxes as a major source of funding for K-12 education.
- Real property would be valued at 95% of actual value for tax year 2020.
- In tax year 2021, real property would be valued at 91%of actual value.
- In tax year 2022, and thereafter, real property would be valued at 86% of actual value.