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Legislative week: May 15-19Tell North Platte what you think

The state's budget passed with gubernatorial line-item vetoes this week, while senators worked to pass the last few remaining bills this session.

Gov. Pete Ricketts signed the state's budget, reducing funds across the board for state programs by half a percent.

Notable line-item veto reductions include the University of Nebraska, state and community colleges, the Department of Health and Human Services and probation services.

Some senators fought to override the vetoes, but none were successful, and all of the vetoes were sustained.

Other notable bills this week include:

• LB 644, introduced by Sen. John Murante of Gretna, will modify or eliminate many state boards and commissions. This was the result of a review of all state boards and commissions to see which are out-of-date or obsolete. The bill passed with a 48-0 vote.

• LB 415, introduced by Sen. Mark Kolterman of Seward, will attempt to reduce "double dipping" by teachers who retire and then return immediately to substitute teach. It also establishes the "Rule of 85" with a minimum retirement age of 60 for new school employees. The bill passed with a 48-0 vote.

• LB 333, introduced by Sen. Merv Riepe of Ralston, will make changes to services for individuals with developmental disabilities. One of these changes includes pausing the state's entitlement program for two years for high school graduates with developmental disabilities. The bill passed with a 48-0 vote.

• LB 496, introduced by Sen. John Stinner of Gering, would have allowed tax increment financing in first and second class cities and villages for workforce housing. The bill stalled on a cloture motion with a 32-9 vote, one short of a successful cloture. The bill is likely done for this session.

• LB 289, introduced by Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks of Lincoln, will increase penalties for individuals convicted of human trafficking and sexual exploitation. The bill passed with a 48-0 vote.

• LR 127, introduced by Sen. Bob Krist of Omaha, will establish a committee to oversee the state Department of Correctional Services. The resolution passed with a 28-11 vote.


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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 5/20/2017
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