My kids are back

By Miss Helen Crump

The bell rang Wednesday at 9:45am and the classroom filled for the second session of the 105th Legislature.  All 49 wiggly bodies were present and just as sweet as my homemade apple pie.

We have sixty days to complete our coursework as the Superintendent will send us home on April 18.

During our first ten days, students will hand in their interim homework so we can discuss new legislative bills. These precious kids have been busy. In three days, I have over new 200 papers. Happy face emoji!

We will talk a lot about money this year.  According to Little Johnny, the state does not have enough money again; $175 million to $200 million.  Ooooh, we should have another bake sale.

I hope we don’t have another playground disturbance this year.  Some moms and dads (especially those on farms) want cuts in property taxes.  Others (especially Chambers of Commerce) want to cut income taxes.  The first property tax cut paper I received is LB829.  It says that each property taxpayer could receive a 50% refund credit against their income taxes from the school district taxes they pay.  Exactly.

Most creative paper so far is Paul’s LR269CA.  He wants a constitutional amendment that gives sovereignty to an area of up to 36 square miles, with only 10 people per square mile, for up to 99 years.  That’s it.  Hope Paul is good at splainin’ this to the class.

Drinking the Kool-Aid can be hazardous to your judgement.

What’s up?

The Link to your Tracking Sheet does not function. Wish we had a legitimate excuse.  Bills on your list so far:

  • LB693  Regulates and creates criminal offenses regarding the use of unmanned aircraft systems.
  • LB756  Airbnb bill that prohibits cities from enacting ordinance that effectively prohibits the use of a property as a short-term rental.
  • LB802  Vendors who develop, print, and distribute publications and promotional materials on behalf of the Tourism Commission shall on a monthly basis submit all revenue received from the sale of advertising space to the State Treasurer for deposit in the Nebraska Tourism Commission Promotional Cash Fund.
  • LB829 Would provide a refundable credit to income tax equal to 50% of the school district taxes you pay. This bill mirrors a ballot initiative that will be circulated statewide over the next six months.
  • LB846  Requires a governing body to provide clear and convincing evidence for approval of tax increment financing.