January 20th, 2015
Medicinal marijuana research, agritourism and beer manufacturer tax incentive among introduced bills
By Sophie Tatum, Nebraska News Service
LINCOLN - Here is a summary of notable bills introduced during the second week of the 2015 legislative session:
LB 190, introduced by Sen. Dave Bloomfield of Hoskins, would allow spouses of United States Armed Forces service members to be considered a resident of the state where he or she has been stationed to apply for a concealed handgun permit.
WOOD RIVER, Neb. (AP) â€” A small herd of purebred bison has been relocated to a few square miles in central Nebraska, where vast herds once roamed over the tallgrass prairie.
The 39 cows and calves arrived Saturday at their new homes on Crane Trust land southwest of Grand Island. They were trucked in from Rimrock Ranch near Crawford in the Nebraska Panhandle. Two bulls are expected to join them this week.
"When you're a bull, you travel on your own schedule. All a human can offer is encouragement," said Chuck Cooper, president and chief executive officer of the Crane Trust.
WASHINGTON (AP) â€” Cheap oil doesn't only mean cheaper gas in the tank. It means that a car dealer in Illinois is shuffling the inventory of models he'll be selling, that more students in Wisconsin may get school-provided iPads, that some planned projects in a Southern California city will get delayed, and that some expected oilfield hiring in North Dakota and Texas may not happen.
(Lincoln, Neb.)- One person is in custody following a wild ride across the city of Lincoln.
Lincoln â€“ Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson has announced his legislative priorities for the 2015 legislative session. Petersonâ€™s priority legislation reflects his commitment to protecting the vulnerable and supporting Nebraskaâ€™s law enforcement and county attorneys. LB294 introduced by Senator Jim Scheer, strengthens the ability of law enforcement and prosecutors to combat human trafficking.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) â€” Gov. Pete Ricketts says he's confident Nebraska can balance its budget this year while chipping away at the taxes that he says are hindering job growth.
The Republican governor said the state needs to continue its focus on lowering property taxes this year, but he acknowledged the work will require a multi-year effort.
"It's not something we'll just do once and claim victory," Ricketts said in an interview with The Associated Press. "It will be an ongoing process. We'll suggest solutions, and others will have solutions as well."
LOUP CITY, Neb. (AP) â€” An ice fisherman has been pulled from Sherman Reservoir in central Nebraska after he and his all-terrain vehicle plunged through the ice.
The accident happened about 7:20 a.m. Sunday. Fifty-nine-year-old Ron Devitt, of Heartwell, says other people came to his rescue, and emergency responders helped warm him back up.
Nebraska Game and Parks officials say Sunday's accident was the third time in a week that someone had gone into the bone-chilling reservoir water.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) â€” Beer makers could receive a tax break under a bill that would boost the market for Nebraska-grown barley and hops.
Sen. Ken Schilz of Ogallala introduced a bill Tuesday that would offer a non-refundable tax credit to breweries using Nebraska-grown crops.
The measure would apply to manufacturers if at least 10 percent of the crops used in brewing were grown in Nebraska. Manufacturers could receive up to a 35 percent tax credit if 70 percent or more of their grains were grown in the state.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) â€” Nebraska landowners could see their property tax bills lowered but might have to pay more in income taxes under a school-funding bill unveiled Tuesday by a state lawmaker.
The measure by Sen. Al Davis of Hyannis would create a local income tax while reducing the percentage of agricultural land value that school districts can tax from 75 percent to 65 percent.
Due to a lack of quorum, Tuesday's Broken Bow City Council meeting has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 14, beginning at 5 p.m.