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The Legislature enters the final month of session. My priority bill, LB698, was signed into law by Gov. Ricketts on April 30 with an emergency clause. An emergency clause is a provision that allows a bill to immediately take effect following a signature from the Governor. LB698 requires commercial vehicles and trailers to properly secure their loads to prevent the falling of cargo onto the roadway.

The governor signed LB 304 on April 30 was introduced by Sen. Crawford. LB304 amends the Nebraska Pure Food Act to allow individuals to sell food, that is already authorized to be sold at farmers’ markets, directly to consumers from the producers home, a fair, festival, craft show, or other public event or for pick up or delivery without having to register as a food establishment. This food must be properly labeled identifying that it was prepared in an unlicensed kitchen.

LB693 introduced by Sen. Halloran, to prohibit spoofing, which states that no person shall, in connection with any telecommunications service or IP-enabled voice service, cause any caller identification service to knowingly transmit misleading or inaccurate caller identification information with the intent to defraud, cause harm, or wrongfully obtain anything of value and apply civil penalties for violations. The bill advanced from Final Reading and is awaiting signature by the governor.

This week LB289, the property tax relief bill was voted out of the revenue committee and will have been debated on the floor prior to the publishing of this article. The bill will require approximately four hundred million dollars of new revenue. The revenue needed would be raised through a half cent sales tax increase and removal of tax exemptions in a number of areas.

FEMA has announced that $400,000 was granted to the NEMA for disaster related crisis counseling. Crisis counseling will be available for people who reside in Butler, Cass, Colfax, Dodge, Douglas, Nemaha, Sarpy, Saunders, and Washington counties. Counselors will be employed by the Regional Behavioral Health Authorities as part of the Nebraska Strong Recovery Project. For those seeking assistance, telephone counseling is available by calling the Rural Response Hotline at 1-800-464-0258. Counselors have also begun going door to door in the designated counties to offer in-person crisis counseling. The door to door counselors will always be working in pairs and will have an ID badge from the Regional Behavioral Health Authorities.

I would like to wish all mothers a blessed and happy Mother’s Day. I hope everyone will take the time to be with family and celebrate mothers around Nebraska for the special love and care they have provided.

I appreciate hearing from constituents on issues affecting District 23 and encourage you to contact my office on legislation at 402-471-2719 or bbostelman@leg.ne.gov.

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