Articles by Grant Schulte

Nebraska Lawmakers Eye State as Test Site for Self-Driving Cars

Nebraska lawmakers could open the door to self-driving cars and trucks this year with new legislation designed to attract the industry while maintaining public safety. A legislative committee is considering two measures that would let researchers test self-driving vehicles in …

Nebraska Bill Would Criminalize Drone Use to Spy on People, Harass Cows

Using a drone to spy on neighbors, drop drugs into prisons or harass cows could lead to criminal charges under a new bill Nebraska lawmakers will consider later this year. The measure would impose new safety and privacy rules on …

Nebraska Legislature Likely to Revisit Occupational Licensing, Tax Issues in 2018

Expect some new debates on old measures when Nebraska lawmakers return to the Capitol next month for the 2018 session. Senators have spent the last few months tinkering with proposals that stalled last year in hopes of reviving them during …

Nebraska Among States Hardest-Hit by GOP Health Care Bill

A Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act would raise health insurance costs in Nebraska faster than in most other states, according to a new report, and advocates say rural areas would be hardest-hit. The analysis was released last …

Road Rules Would Ease for Farm Equipment Under Nebraska Bill

Tractors, combines and fertilizer spreaders would have a little more freedom on Nebraska’s roadways under a bill that has won first-round approval from lawmakers. Senators advanced a bill, 39-0, that would relax weight and load restrictions for farm equipment on …

Farm, Ranch Tourism Liability Bill Advances in Nebraska

Farmers and ranchers who open their property to tourists could be shielded from certain lawsuits under a bill advancing by Nebraska lawmakers. Senators gave the proposal first-round approval with a 33-1 vote. Sen. Ken Schilz of Ogallala said he introduced …

Nebraska Lawmakers to Vote on Helmet Law Repeal

A push to repeal Nebraska’s motorcycle helmet law is going to a vote in the Legislature despite opposition from senators who say the requirement saves lives. The repeal measure would lift Nebraska’s restriction on motorcycle helmets for riders who are …

Tornado Recovery in Nebraska Town Expected to Cost Tens of Millions

Nebraska officials are still tallying the cost of the tornadoes that destroyed most of the town of Pilger, but it’s expected to climb into the tens of millions. The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency will send teams to the northeast Nebraska …

Nebraska Motorcycle Helmet Bill Will Get Another Ride

An effort to repeal Nebraska’s motorcycle-helmet law will get another ride in the Legislature, this time with a new crop of state lawmakers. Opponents who have tried for two decades to repeal the helmet law are pushing for it again, …

Nebraska Lawmakers Pushing Traffic-Safety Measures

Motorists and passengers who ride without a seat belt could face a $100 fine in Nebraska, and might even see their insurance rates increase if a bill in the Legislature becomes law. Nebraska lawmakers are proposing a series of traffic …