LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A natural resources district that maintains levees in the Omaha area and other parts of eastern Nebraska will lose its ability to issue bonds for flood projects at the end of...
Nebraska senators postpone vote on bill to raise loan caps
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers have postponed a vote that would let personal loan companies charge a higher maximum interest rate after some senators objected to the proposal.
Senators moved past the bill Monday without advancing it through the second of three required votes. Some senators say it could force consumers to pay higher interest rates on installment loans.
Legislature advances bill which would give Social Security benefits a bit of a break
LINCOLN - Social Security recipients could catch a bit of a break under legislation moving through this legislative session.
Sen. Brett Lindstrom of Omaha sponsors LB 738 which would tie the taxation of Social Security benefits to the rate of inflation, similar to the practice of other states.
Nebraska lawmakers move toward exempting some Social Security benefits from taxes
LINCOLN — Some Social Security beneficiaries in Nebraska would get a tax break under a bill that won initial approval on Tuesday.
Legislative Bill 738, introduced by State Sen. Brett Lindstrom of Omaha, would index for inflation the income brackets on which state taxes of Social Security are based.
LINCOLN — Austin Hennrich, a Democrat running in northwest Omaha's Legislative District 18, has withdrawn from the race and thrown his support behind fellow Democrat Scott Winkler.
Both candidates filed for a seat now held by State Sen. Brett Lindstrom of Omaha, a Republican.
A press release from the Nebraska Democratic Party gave no reason for Hennrich's withdrawl.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers have advanced a bill to ensure that the state's tax on Social Security Income changes to compensate for inflation.
Senators gave the measure first-round approval Tuesday on a 36-0 vote. Two additional votes are required before it goes to Gov. Pete Ricketts.
At hearing, OPS officials seek ability to issue bonds to fund pension plan
LINCOLN — Omaha Public Schools officials say the district could come out better financially — and make the pension plan healthier — by issuing between $219 million and $252 million worth of bonds.
Toward that end, they and their supporters on Wednesday urged the Nebraska Retirement Systems Committee to advance a proposal authorizing a new type of bond, called “pension obligation bonds.”
Senators’ proposals aim to shore up Omaha Public Schools’ pension plan
The long-term health of the Omaha Public Schools’ pension plan is on shaky ground, and two state senators have introduced different pieces of legislation designed to put the system on firmer financial footing.
Proposal to expand Nebraska turnback tax would help develop Tranquility Park, lawmaker says
LINCOLN — Outdoor sports complexes could qualify for an arena-financing incentive under a bill introduced in the Nebraska Legislature.
The proposal could help build more fields at Omaha’s Tranquility Park, among other areas of the state, the bill’s sponsor said.
Nebraska Legislature holds committee hearing on trio of opioid bills
LINCOLN — The orange pill bottles with white caps are clumped together by months.
Five bottles in December 2008. Double that in January 2009. More from February and March.
The dozens of bottles sit on a table in State Sen. Sara Howard’s office, a physical reminder of the 4,576 pills her sister Carrie was prescribed in the five months leading to her overdose death in March 2009 after getting addicted to the powerful painkillers.
Bill would allow tuition waiver for Nebraska firefighters
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska firefighters and emergency medical technicians could get could get a partial college tuition waiver under a bill pending in the state Legislature.
Sen. Brett Lindstrom of Omaha introduced a bill this week that would waive 30 percent of a first responder's in-state tuition at the University of Nebraska, a Nebraska state college or community college.
First responders could receive the waiver for up to five years, as long they remain eligible for the benefit.
Former Omaha city accounting manager to run for Legislature
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A former Omaha city accounting manager is running for a seat in the Nebraska Legislature.
Scott Winkler of Omaha announced his candidacy Thursday for the Legislature's 18th District seat, representing a northwestern portion of the city. Winkler is challenging incumbent state Sen. Brett Lindstrom, who has already filed for re-election.
LINCOLN — State Sen. Brett Lindstrom of Omaha announced Tuesday that he will seek re-election in 2018.
Lindstrom, a Republican, represents northwest Omaha’s District 18 in the Legislature. A 36-year-old financial adviser and a former Nebraska football player, he heads the Banking, Commerce and Insurance Committee in the Legislature.
A Democrat, Austin Hennrich, filed on Friday to run against Lindstrom.
LINCOLN — With fewer than 30 days left in the legislative session, Nebraska lawmakers are putting special priority on certain bills to pass through the Legislature.
The speaker of the Legislature, Sen. Jim Scheer of Norfolk, has chosen 25 bills to be marked as speaker priority bills.
Here is a list of the speaker's priority bills separated by committee.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — When Nebraska's youngest legislators formed a bipartisan coalition focused on building an economy that would keep college graduates from leaving the state, they figured their shared experiences as millennials would be stronger than the party differences that divide them.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A new state law will lift licensing requirements for Nebraska banking and credit union executives.
Gov. Pete Ricketts signed the measure Wednesday as part of a larger overhaul of the state's banking laws. The last major changes were made in 1963.
The bill would allow banks to opt out of licensing their executive officers and credit unions to opt out of licensing their loan officers.
Nebraska bill targets sex offenders living with children
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska parents who marry or move in with registered sex offenders could have a harder time maintaining custody under a bill heard by a legislative committee Thursday that opponents say unfairly stigmatizes offenders.
Nebraska lawmakers work to retain more young professionals
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — All Nebraska lawmakers younger than 40 have joined a bipartisan group with a goal of recruiting and retaining more young people in the state.
The Omaha World-Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2i8EbLP ) the Legislature's 11 senators under age 40 announced the group Next Generation Nebraska. They make up nearly a quarter of the 49-member body.
The effort is part of a national effort called the Millennial Action Project.