Bill could limit federal restrictions on firearms

LINCOLN –Nebraska senators introduced more than 80 bills Tuesday, Jan. 22, the ninth day of the 103rd legislative session. The 10-day session of introducing bills will end Wednesday, Jan. 23. Here are some of the day’s highlights.

LB 403: If passed, this bill introduced by Sen. Les Seiler of Hastings would prohibit the sale of novelty lighters in Nebraska. Novelty lighters are defined as nondisposable lighters made to resemble a cartoon character, gun, toy, etc., has flashing lights, plays music or has multiple buttons.  

LB 405: Sen. Beau McCoy of Omaha proposed this bill that reflects Gov. Dave Heineman’s proposal to cut individual and corporate income taxes and specific sales tax exemptions.  

LB 439: Introduced by Sen. Mike Gloor of Grand Island, this bill would increase the tax on tobacco from $0.64 for a 20-pack of cigarettes to $1.60 per pack.

LB 451: Sen. Charlie Janssen of Fremont introduced this bill to allow Nebraska not to enforce any federal restriction on firearms passed after Jan. 1, 2013. With this bill, the firearms and permits already allowed in Nebraska would not change with new federal regulations.  

LB 461: With this bill, sponsored by Sen. Russ Karpisek of Wilber, bucking bull sponsors, professionals or other corporations or partners would not be liable for injury or death caused by the dangers of bucking bull activities.

LB 485: Sen. Danielle Conrad of Lincoln introduced this bill that would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and marital status, including employment based on those factors.