Full Site View
HOTTEST SHEETS!
Quick Links
  Home
  My Bulletin
  Contact The Bulletin
Opinion

Groene at the Legislature: Holding NRDs responsible

Groene, colleagues short-sighted on NRD funds

More opinion

Ag News

NFU urges smooth, transparent transition to Fair Trade framework

New interim executive director named for state brand committee

More Ag News

NorthPlatte Weather


Email Article | Print Article
News - State/Regional News
 
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 This was the result of a review of all state boards and commissions to see which are out-of-date or obsolete.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.

 


Like this story to send to your facebook

The North Platte Bulletin - Published 5/20/2017
Copyright © 2017 northplattebulletin.com - All rights reserved.
Flatrock Publishing, Inc. - 1300 E 4th St., Suite F - North Platte, NE 69101
 
Show me Talk Back during this visit
 
 
|
111001011100