‘Bond’ definition addressed

LB 191, introduced by Gretna State Sen. Andrew La Grone, was placed on General File on Feb. 22. The bill would harmonize the definitions of bonds with the definition found in State Statute 10-134 and deletes unnecessary language regarding financial instruments approved and agreed to prior to July 1, 1999. It also codifies that a governmental unit may exceed the allowable growth percentage for a period of one year if approved by voters at a meeting. Finally, LB 191 changes the days of publication prior to a budget hearing from five days to four and defines them as four calendar days that shall include the day of the publications but not the day of the hearing.

Offutt land conceded

LB 214, introduced by Gretna State Sen. Andrew La Grone, was placed on Select File on Feb. 13. The bill would cede all criminal and civil jurisdiction in five tracts of land within the fence line of Offutt Air Force Base to the United States, at the request of the United States Air Force.

Personal property act clarified

LB 264, introduced by Gretna State Sen. Andrew La Grone, was placed on Final Reading on Feb. 26. The bill provides that the Disposition of Personal Property Act applies only to residential property.

Insurance issues addressed

LB 380, introduced by Gretna State Sen. Andrew La Grone, was advanced to Select File on Feb. 21. The bill amends the Nebraska Property and Liability Insurance Guaranty Association Act to bring the act into closer alignment with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners’ model act and ease the administration of claims of insolvent property and casualty insurers.

Glossary of Legislative terms

General File is the first stage at which a bill is considered by the full Legislature. Bills on General File may be amended, returned to committee, indefinitely postponed or advanced to Select File.

Select File is the second stage at which a bill is considered by the full Legislature. Bills on Select File may be amended, returned to committee, indefinitely postponed or advanced to a Final Reading.

Final Reading is the third and last stage at which a bill is considered by the full Legislature. The clerk reads the entire bill aloud, unless Final Reading is waived, and senators vote without debate on whether to submit the bill to the governor.

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