Monthly Archives: February 2009

LB260 – Vote on Monday

FYI, LB260 – Nebraska Claims for Wrongful Conviction and Imprisonment Act, is at the top of the agenda for a vote on Monday.

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Free the Bikers!

Motorcycle and moped riders will no longer be required to wear helmets in Nebraska under a new helmet law introduced by Sen. Charlie Janssen of District 15 (Fremont). Show your support for biker liberty at a hearing on LB200 before the Transportation and Telecommunications Committee this Tuesday, March 3, at 1:30pm in room 1113.

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Midwife Regulation Update

The hearing date for the Midwife Bills has been announced: Thursday, March 5, at 1:00pm in Room 1510.

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Arrested by the… National Guard!?!?

The ever-thinning line between the military and domestic law enforcement will be erased altogether in Nebraska if Sen. Bill Avery of District 28 (Lincoln) has his way. According to section 6 of LB550, a new addition to the state’s Military Code, “While in the active service of the state or on orders under 32 U.S.C., as a member of the militia of this state or another state, by direction or request of the Governor, members of the National Guard are peace officers and conservators of the peace with the power to keep the same, to prevent crime, to arrest any person liable thereto, or to execute process of law.”

Is this the end of Posse Comitatus in Nebraska?

This bill is being considered by the Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee, Room 1507, at 1:30 p.m. this Thursday, Feb 26th.

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Creeping Prohibition?

Or just another tool in the arsenal of the control freaks?

LB605 has some disturbing implications for those who value property rights. According to the Statement of Intent, it “would allow for additional weight to be given to support or opposition of businesses and residents within 500 feet and neighborhood associations within 100 feet of a liquor license application. The Liquor Control Commission may use this opposition as the sole reason for denial of a license” [emphasis added]. Aside from the fact that the mere existence of a “Liquor Control Commission”  with all it’s attendant encumbrances and opportunities for cronyism is an affront to liberty, this bill removes even the pretence of a fair and objective consideration of an applicant’s ability to be a “responsible” vendor of alcohol.

This bill, introduced by Sen. Gwen Howard of District 9 (Omaha), is being considered by the General Affairs Committee this Monday, Feb 23rd, at 1:30pm in room 1510.

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Learning Community Hearings on Monday

Monday is a big day for those concerned about the tax issues raised by the Learning Community law that took effect this year. Three bills being considered by the Education Committee (Room 1525, 1:30pm) appear to address some of these issues.

LB22, introduced by Sen. Mike Friend of District 10 (Omaha),  is a bill “to eliminate the double-taxation of school districts in a learning community by removing the taxing authority of Educational Service Units that are comprised of those districts”, according to his Statement of Intent.

LB387 eliminates the ability the of a learning community to levy taxes for the general fund budgets and special building funds of the member districts and lets them levy their own taxes for these purposes just like all the other school districts. It also changes the law regarding calculation of distribution of state aid to school districts so that so that all districts are  treated the same regardless of their membership in a learning community. This bill was introduced by Tim Gay of District 14 (Papillion).

And last but not least is LB391, the main thrust of which takes the responsibility for distributing the collected learning community tax revenues to the school districts away from the learning community and gives it to the county treasurers. There is also an adjustment to the formula used to calculate the distribution. This bill was introduced by Sen. Greg Adams of District 24 (York). There’s a better summary of this bill in the Fiscal Note.

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Yet another victimless crime…

The prohibition of Salvia passed by a 44-0 vote. One thing our legislators all seem to agree on is that we need to be told what we can and cannot ingest. Being a Jeffersonian I subscribe to the idea, as expressed in our Declaration of Independence, that government exists to guarantee our rights. Somehow I don’t think our state legislators had our rights in mind when they passed this… http://unicameralupdate.blogspot.com/2009/02/salvia-ban-passes.html

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