Among other bills introduced Wednesday:
» Gun privacy: Information regarding firearm registration, sale or use would be made confidential under Legislative Bill 293, introduced by Sen. Bill Kintner of Papillion. The bill would extend the confidentiality provided now for concealed carry permits.
» Faster keno: Fans of keno would not have to wait as long between games under LB 273, introduced by Sen. Russ Karpisek of Wilber. The measure would allow games every three minutes, rather than the five-minute wait under current law. Previous attempts to shorten the time have been unsuccessful.
» Early voting: Early voting would be allowed for 25 days, a decrease from the current period of 35 days, under LB 271, introduced by Sen. Scott Lautenbaugh of Omaha. Secretary of State John Gale recommended the change to give election officials more time to program special voting machines for blind voters. A blind woman in Lincoln filed a complaint this fall because the machines were not available when she tried to vote early.
» Cellphones and buses: School bus drivers would be prohibited from using a cellphone or any other type of wireless device while driving. LB 258, introduced by Sen. Kate Sullivan of Cedar Rapids, would not bar drivers from using a dispatch radio.
» Caregiver credit: Nebraskans caring for elderly people in their homes could qualify for a $500 tax credit under LB 264, introduced by Sen. Kate Bolz of Lincoln. The credit would apply if the elderly person has problems dressing, bathing or getting around.
» Prison co-pays: Jail and prison inmates would be charged a $10 co-payment to get health care under LB 246, introduced by Sen. Tyson Larson of O'Neill. The co-payments would not be required in emergencies, for infectious diseases, for chronic conditions, for mental health care and in specified other situations. Inmates could not be denied care for lack of a co-payment.
— Martha Stoddard