Several bills are moving forward

2011-03-15T11:00:00Z 2011-04-05T08:14:15Z Several bills are moving forwardSen. Lydia Brasch Fremont Tribune
March 15, 2011 11:00 am  • 

The Legislature advanced a number of proposals covering a wide array. We moved to select file, LB260, introduced by Sen. Lathrop, to adopt the Concussion Awareness Act. The act provides schools and organizations with information and training about concussions. It recognizes the instances of student-athlete concussions and the importance of identifying and treating head injuries to prevent more serious, long-term harm.

LB421, introduced and prioritized by Sen. Pankonin on behalf of the Game and Parks Commission, was also advanced to Select File. It increases park permit fees to address concerns with continuing maintenance and operations. Annual park entry permit fees for residents are posed to increase from $20 to $25, while temporary park entry permits increase from $4 to $5. The increase is considered necessary as Game and Parks has significantly cut back on employees and has delayed $34 million of maintenance at our parks.

The public hearing on LB690, a bill I introduced, was held Wednesday before the Judiciary Committee. LB690 requires a minor seeking an abortion to obtain parental consent, a move forward from current law requiring only parental notification. As I stated in my testimony, I wholeheartedly believe requiring parental consent is best for the safety, health, well-being and peace of mind for young women. I am pro-life and believe such requirement would help a minor. She should not find herself alone to decide, but have family there to care for her and her baby as needed. Twenty-five states currently have parental consent requirements. I designated LB690 as my priority bill.

Several bills were passed on Final Reading, including my first bill, LB368. It states that political parties are prohibited from nominating a candidate for office at a state post-primary convention if the party didn't nominate a candidate at the primary election. The Legislature also passed:

* LB81: Municipal wheel taxes can be levied only on city residents; motor vehicle taxes for those living in an extraterritorial zoning jurisdiction of a city or village are phased out.

* LB399: Sets nomination petition signatures for nonpartisan offices to at least 10 percent of the registered voters voting for governor or president in the last election, not to exceed 2,000 signatures. For statewide partisan offices, at least 4,000 signatures are required, and at least 750 signatures will be obtained in each congressional district. The distribution requirement for the Board of Regents is eliminated.

* LB284: Increases the minimum distance required for picketing funerals from 300 to 500 feet.

* LB333: Due to budget cuts, LB333 removes the statutory requirement for schools to have a student achievement coordinator and transfers funds to the lottery fund to support several programs.

It was good to come home and visit with many of you in person. With a recess day on Friday, visits started at 6 a.m. at a pancake feed in Oakland, coffee shops, a nursing home and church. I also appreciated the opportunity to visit with our county extension staff.

Congratulations to our District 16 team from West Point Central Catholic for winning the D-1 state basketball championship. We are proud of your great accomplishment.

I always appreciate hearing from you and can be reached at 402-471-2728 or lbrasch@leg.ne.gov.

Sen. Lydia Brasch represents Nebraska's 16th District. She can be reached at (402) 471-2728, District 15, State Capitol Lincoln, NE 68509 or lbrasch@leg.ne.gov.

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