Tuesday, September 18, 2018
   
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LB 1009 advances out of committee

Greetings District 36. I hope and pray that the recent snowstorm across Nebraska did not cause you or your family any problems. It’s quite interesting how the snowstorm and the surrounding circumstances dominated discussions in the Legislature. Sometimes it’s good to be distracted from the intense gravity of discussions concerning school funding, property taxes and criminal justice reform.

When it is all said and done, the snowstorm cost us two legislative days. I jokingly will say “two days where we did not pass bad legislation”.

Over the course of the past week, LB 1009, which I introduced, has moved forward. LB 1009 deals with a new approach to remove synthetic marijuana, commonly called K2, from retailers’ shelves.

A task force was put together this past summer to work on this issue. People from many walks of life, including prosecutors, defense counsels, law-enforcement and the judicial system, were all brought together to attack this problem.

The Judiciary Committee had a public hearing on LB 1009 and the testimony strongly supported this new approach. Following the hearing the Judiciary Committee voted to advance the bill out of committee so it can be debated on the floor of the Legislature. I look forward to leading this effort.

I am confident that our new approach to this issue will be successful. It is imperative that we give law enforcement and prosecutors the ability to attack this issue aggressively. LB 1009 gives them the proper tools.

District Court Judge Jim Doyle from Lexington was in Lincoln last week to testify on problem solving courts. I am very proud to have the opportunity to work with Judge Doyle on issues surrounding the potential expansion of problem solving courts. His expertise will be very helpful in advising the Legislature on how to shape the future on this important issue.

We also had a public hearing on another bill I introduced, LB 1083. This bill would adopt the Next Generation Business Growth Act to create a strategic plan to cultivate innovation and entrepreneurship in Nebraska.

There was strong support for this proposal by the business community, and I’m excited about looking for ways to encourage and support economic growth from within our state.

As always, it is a privilege to serve the people of our state. If you have questions or comments about the Legislature, please feel free to contact my office at any time by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by phone at (402) 471-2642.