Last year, we expressed some concern about LB 550–a bill which seemed to us to cross some lines which we deemed threatening to liberty. The bill didn’t go anywhere last year, although it did receive a hearing, and was placed on General File (1st Reading) before the end of the session.
This year, it was advanced quickly, being passed from General File, to Select File, and being placed on Final Reading on Wednesday, January 27.
As of this moment, we don’t know when it will come before the Legislature for actual Reading and votes, but we want our readers to know a little bit about it.
The Fiscal Note for the Bill says that it “Does not include any impact on political subdivisions.”
The Introducer of the bill is Sen. Bill Avery (Lincoln), District 28.
The summary of purpose for the bill:
LB 550 extends law enforcement authority the Nebraska National Guard members serving in federal Title 32 United States Code status. It also extends law enforcement authority to National Guard members from other states andterritories that come to the aid of Nebraska. Currently, National Guard members have law enforcement authority while on state active duty orders in a state status.The bill requires the Governor to specifically grant law enforcement authority and provides the ability to limit it when necessary. Currently this authority is granted automatically upon a call to state active duty.