As Tax Bills Make Their Way Through Committee, Legislature Debates More Mundane Issues

LINCOLN – As the calendar turns to February, the Nebraska Legislature is approaching the one third mark of the 2018 legislative session.

While issues such as property taxes and a projected budget shortfall loom over the proceedings, lawmakers also must deal with less prominent issues while waiting for those bills to make their way to the floor.

Sen. Laura Ebke of Crete says there has been plenty of discussion recently about land management issues, including those related to prairie dogs.

:36     “…on the floor.”

Ebke is referring to LB449, a proposal by Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha that would repeal a law allowing counties to manage black-tailed prairie dogs, sometimes against the will of property owners if neighbors complain.

The measure failed to gain the support needed to advance, but Ebke says Chambers has attempted to add it as an amendment to other bills.

:28     “…black-tailed prairie dogs.”

Between working at the capital, Ebke also continues to hold town hall meetings around her district, which includes Jefferson, Saline, Thayer and Fillmore Counties as well as part of southwestern Lancaster County. Ebke says it’s an opportunity for people to learn about what’s happening in the legislature and discuss the issues that are important to them.

:34     “…Lazy Horse Brewery.”

Friday will be the 20th day of the 60-day session, which ends on April 18.

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