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NRECA Legislative Conference Key Issues   
NREA Key Issues

2017/2018 Key Bills

 Bill Number  Bill Title                                               NREA Position  Bill Summary
 LB 27

Change state agency contracts and duties of the Auditor of Public Accounts

 LB 52

Adopt the Modern Tax Act

LB 55

Change a duty of landowners relating to the frequency of mowing roadside weeds

 LB 67

Adopt the Fair Repair Act

 LB 72

Provide for governmental unit bond priority under the Nebraska Governmental Unit Security Interest Act and rename the act

 LB 85

Provide a requirement for persons seeking appointive or elective office and to provide a duty for the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission

 LB 87

Redefine a qualified facility and authorize local distribution utilities to waive certain requirements relating to net metering

 Oppose Summary
 LB 127  Change notice requirements under Open Meetings Act  Oppose  
 LB 143 Provide a duty to carry exception for public power district motor vehicle or trailer registration certificates  Monitor
 LB 147 Change workers' compensation provisions relating to waiting time, termination of compensation, and attorney's fees  Monitor
LB 173 

Prohibit discrimination based upon sexual orientation and gender identity

 LB 181 Provide for reimbursement to employees for certain medical examinations under the Nebraska Workers' Compensation Act  Monitor
LB 203 Change provisions relating to maximum annual unemployment benefits and disqualification for benefits  Monitor
 LB 232 Provide a property tax exemption for property leased to the state or a governmental subdivision  Monitor
LB 305 Adopt the Paid Family Medical Leave Insurance Act  Monitor   
 LB 319 Provide for confidentiality of and access to certain injury reports under the Nebraska Workers' Compensation Act  Support   
 LB 325 Exempt certain purchases of energy star qualified products from sales and use taxes  Support  
 LB 352 Adopt the Wind, Solar, and Fuel Cell Business Financing Act  Monitor   
 LB 354  Adopt the Wage Disclosure Act  Monitor  
LB 365

Change provisions relating to access to public records and provide for fees

 LB 373  Change and eliminate revenue and taxation provisions  Monitor
 LB 389  Adopt the Small Wireless Facilities Act  Monitor  Summary
 LB 392  Adopt the Wind Friendly Counties Act  Neutral
 LB 408 Provide for a drug formulary under the Nebraska Workers' Compensation Act  Support 
 LB 412 Provide duties for the state investment officer relating to investment in energy-related companies or funds  Monitor
 LB 420  Adopt the Fair Chance Hiring Act  Monitor  
 LB 429 Provide for virtual net metering OPPOSE  Summary
 LB 430

Change powers and duties of the Department of Health and Human Services under the Radiation Control Act

 LB 451

Change various provisions relating to elections as prescribed

 LB 455

Update references to the National Electrical Code

LB 459

Change provisions relating to governance of the statewide one-call notification center and provide for the establishment of best practices

 LB 471 Provide for enforcement of the prohibition against using a handheld wireless communication device as a primary action  Monitor  
LB 473 Require rest periods for employees  Monitor  
 LB 482  Adopt the Government Neutrality in Contracting Act  Monitor  
 LB 494

Provide for withholding public records relating to energy infrastructure

 Support  Summary
 LB 504

Provide for a moratorium on industrial development of wind energy projects and for a task force study as prescribed

 LB 510

Provide a restriction on installment contracts for the purchase of real or personal property by political subdivisions

 LB 527  Provide for subpoena of records in certain cases Monitor  
 LB 547 State legislative findings and change provisions relating to eminent domain and review by the Nebraska Power Review Board  Oppose  Summary
 LB 584  Change provisions relating to mowing of weeds along road  Monitor  
 LB 598 Require consideration of certain factors by the Commission of Industrial Relations when establishing wage rights  Monitor  
 LB 610  Adopt the Community Solar Energy Economic Development Act  Monitor  Summary
 LB 625  Change the Property Assessed Clean Energy Act  Monitor  
 LB 626

Adopt the Shared Community Solar Act

 Oppose  Summary
 LB 646 Provide for an extreme weather preparedness task force and strategic action plan  Monitor  
 LB 657 Adopt the Retail Electricity Transparency Act  Oppose  Summary
 LB 660

Adopt the Nebraska Retail Electricity Choice Act and remove a restriction on the sale or delivery of retail electricity by a private electric supplier

 Oppose  Summary
 LB 664  Prohibit a political subdivision from using taxes or fees to employ a lobbyist  Monitor  
   2018 LEGISLATION    
  LB 693

Regulate and create criminal offenses regarding the use of unmanned aircraft systems

 Monitor  SUMMARY
  LB 722 Provide a renewable energy electric power generation requirement for certain public power and irrigation districts  OPPOSE  
  LB 723  Change net metering provisions by redefining qualified facility and increasing the rated capacity limit as prescribed  OPPOSE  SUMMARY
  LB 729 Allow claims arising out of misrepresentation or deceit under the Political Subdivisions Tort Claims Act and State Tort Claims Act  Monitor  
  LB 740  Provide for registration and licensing of metropolitan utilities district motor vehicles and trailers as prescribed  Monitor  
  LB 752

Limit the authority of certain political subdivisions to acquire rights-of-way

  LB 755  Change rules for operation of all-terrain vehicles and utility-type vehicles  SUPPORT  
  LB 757 Change provisions of the Credit Report Protection Act and the Financial Data Protection and Consumer Notification of Data Security Breach Act of 2006  Monitor  
  LB 763  Prohibit obstruction of a public power district employee  SUPPORT  SUMMARY
  LB 784

Change the Employee Classification Act to prohibit contractors with unpaid fines from contracting with the state or political subdivisions

  LB 820  Change provisions relating to privately developed renewable energy generation facilities  Monitor  
  LB 821  Change provisions relating to assessments by the Nebraska Power Review Board  Monitor  
  LB 839  Require reporting regarding electioneering communication under the Nebraska Political Accountability and Disclosure Act  Monitor  
  LB 843  Provide protections for employees' wage disclosures  Monitor  
  LB 850  Require disclosure of the anticipated cost to a political subdivision to pay off its bonds  Monitor  
  LB 856

Adopt the Internet Neutrality Act

  LB 858  Provide annual adjustments for total disability income benefits under the Nebraska Workers' Compensation Act  OPPOSE  
  LB 859  Change records relating to employee deaths which may be withheld from the public  Monitor  
  LB 916  Prohibit retaliation under the Nebraska Wage Payment Collection Act and the Wage and Hour Act  Monitor  
  LB 921  Create a licensing exception under the State Electrical Act for certain farm building construction  Monitor  
  LB 928  Change provisions relating to compensation paid upon the death of an employee under the Nebraska Workers' Compensation Act  OPPOSE  
  LB 952  Change provisions relating to dismissals of actions under the Nebraska Workers' Compensation Act  SUPPORT  
  LB 953  Change provisions relating to lump-sum settlements under the Nebraska Workers' Compensation Act  SUPPORT  
  LB 957  Provide procedures for choosing a method of payment for payments under the Nebraska Workers' Compensation Act  Monitor  
  LB 967  Eliminate provisions of the Community Development Law relating to undeveloped vacant land and land outside of cities  Monitor  
  LB 994  Create the Rural Broadband Study Task Force, change provisions relating to the Nebraska Telecommunications Universal Service Fund, and change powers and duties of the Public Service Commission as prescribed  SUPPORT  SUMMARY
  LB 997  Provide limits on salaries of administrative employees of political subdivisions  OPPOSE  
  LB 1021  Eliminate certain sales and use tax exemptions  OPPOSE  
  LB 1022 Adopt the Irrigation Tax Act and change the valuation of agricultural land for property tax purposes  Monitor  
  LB 1023  Change sunset dates on certain tax incentive programs  Monitor  
  LB 1030  Change the sales tax sourcing rules for certain motor vehicles and trailers  SUPPORT  SUMMARY
 LB 1031 Change excavation notification and marking requirements under the One-Call Notification System Act  Monitor  
  LB 1054  Change provisions relating to hearings before the Nebraska Power Review Board and electric generation using wind  Monitor  
  LB 1072 Change a preference in awarding public contracts and eliminate reciprocal preference provisions  Monitor  
  LB 1088 Nebraska Education Formula and the Remote Seller Sales Tax Collection Act, terminate the Tax Equity and Educational Opportunities Support Act and the Property Tax Credit Act, and eliminate certain tax exemptions  OPPOSE  
  LB 1113  Provide an exception for leasing dark fiber or providing broadband, Internet, telecommunications, or video services by an agency or political subdivision of the state  SUPPORT  SUMMARY
  LB 1114 Provide for creation and maintenance of a statewide geographic information system map under the Nebraska Telecommunications Regulation Act  Monitor  
  LB 1128  Prohibit counties, local governments, and certain state entities from spending legislative appropriations under certain conditions  OPPOSE