Scuffle

Committees of the Legislature are still grinding through all-day hearings on every one of those 684 legislative concoctions. The Judiciary and Revenue Committees are always the busiest.

Tuesday morning, Speaker Hilgers will interrupt committee hearings for a few hours. He scheduled General File debate for bills that have escaped advanced from their respective committees.

General File is the first round of floor debate. Select File is the second round, followed by Final Reading. If a bill passes “Final,” it makes a beeline to Governor.

All committee hearings, but for Judiciary, wrap-up by March 4. The Judiciary Committee will finish their hearings on March 12. All-day floor debate begins March 15.

If you plan to stream the floor debate Tuesday morning, don’t expect anyone to cry or even stir-up a minor scuffle. Banking, Commerce, and Insurance cornered much of the morning with bills about insurance, annuities, property appraisers, public funds, trusts, etc.

Circling back to March 12 and a scuffle. If hours of hostile testimony pique your interest, you might want to catch the Judiciary Committee’s 9:30 am hearing. Senator Hunt’s LB 276 is the last bill of the last day of hearings. Why would that be? Just spitballing here, but perhaps a bill allowing medical abortions to be conducted via telemedicine is a tad bit more than casually divisive.

Bill Tracking

  • LB52 (Lathrop) Hearing 2/18 (Monitor) Provides for immunity from injury or death resulting from COVID-19 exposure.
  • LB139 (Briese) Hearing 2/18 (Support) Adopts the COVID-19 Liability Protection Act.
  • LB59 (Stinner) Hearing 2/3 (Support) Changes provisions regarding sales of tourism promotional products by the Nebraska Tourism Commission and distribution of revenue.
  • LB79 (Briese) Hearing 2/10 (Monitor) Change the minimum amount of relief provided under the Property Tax Credit Act.
  • LB122 (Hunt) Hearing 2/1 (Oppose) Eliminates the tipped minimum wage of $2.13 plus tips. Tipped workers would be paid the state minimum wage of 9.00 an hour.
  • LB133 (Erdman) Hearing 2/3 (Monitor) Adopts a consumption tax.
  • LB258 (Vargas) Hearing 2/8 (Monitor) Requires employers with four or more employees to provide access to paid sick and safe leave.
  • LB290 (M.Cavanaugh) Hearing 2/8 (Oppose) Would adopt the Paid Family & Medical Leave Insurance Act.
  • LB422 (Briese) Hearing 2/3 (Monitor) Reduces sales tax rate from 5.5% to 5% and eliminates some sales tax exemptions.
  • LR11CA (Erdman) Hearing 2/3 (Monitor) Constitutional amendment to require a consumption tax and prohibit certain other forms of taxation.

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