Legislative Update

During the 2009 session of the Nebraska Legislature, the General Affairs and Judiciary Committees authorized an interim study of the situation in Whiteclay. Public hearings were held in Lincoln (September, 2009) and Chadron (December, 2009).

The interim study resulted in two bills introduced in the 2010 session.

LB1002, introduced by Sen. LeRoy Louden of Ellsworth and referred to the Revenue Committee, “authorizes state sales tax revenue assistance derived from the sale of alcoholic liquor for certain political subdivisions.” Co-sponsors include Brad Ashford (Omaha), Colby Coash (Lincoln), and Kent Rogert (Tekamah).

LB1005, introduced by Sen. Russ Karpisek of Wilbur and referred to the Health and Human Services Committee, “creates the Substance Abuse Treatment Grant Program under the Native American Public Health Act.” Co-sponsors include Colby Coash (Lincoln), Bob Krist (Lincoln), and Kent Rogert (Tekamah).

Revenue Committee held a public hearing for LB1002 on Feb. 3, 2010 in Room 1524.

Health and Human Services Committee will hold a public hearing for LB1005. on Feb. 17, 2010 in Room 1510.