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Nebraska Lawmakers Say ‘No’ to Mandated Virus Protections for Meat Workers

Nebraska lawmakers have rejected state-mandated coronavirus protections for meatpacking workers, with opponents arguing that slaughterhouses have already taken precautions and that the pandemic is nearly over. Lawmakers voted, 25-18, to sideline the measure for the rest of the year, even …

Nebraska Medical Marijuana Legalization Bill Meets Resistance

A bill to legalize and tightly regulate medical marijuana hit a wall of resistance in the Nebraska Legislature on May 12, even though some opponents acknowledged that rejecting it will pave the way for a much less restrictive ballot measure …

Nebraska Legislation Shielding Businesses from COVID Lawsuits Advances

A sweeping bill that would shield Nebraska businesses and local governments from coronavirus-related lawsuits won initial approval from state lawmakers on May 11, despite complaints that senators haven’t done enough for workers who were at risk. Lawmakers advanced the proposal, …

Lawmakers Hear New Pitch for Medical Marijuana Legislation in Nebraska

A Nebraska lawmaker who is a leading supporter of medical marijuana has warned her fellow senators that the issue will likely appear on the 2022 ballot if they don’t pass a legalization measure this year. Sen. Anna Wishart, of Lincoln, …

Tax Break for Hiring Felons Included in Nebraska Bill

Nebraska businesses that hire felons could get a tax break under a measure that’s designed to make it easier for them to get jobs and reduce the likelihood they’ll re-offend. Supporters say the bill before Nebraska lawmakers would encourage employers …

Bill to Shield Farmers from Nuisance Suits Advances in Nebraska

A bill that would expand protections for Nebraska farmers against public nuisance lawsuits has advanced in the Legislature despite objections that it could infringe on neighbors’ property rights. Lawmakers gave the measure first-round approval Wednesday with a 31-7 vote. Sen. …

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 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 Governor Signs Bill Allowing Direct Payment for Primary Care

Medical patients in Nebraska will have the option to pay doctors directly for consultations and physicals rather than through insurance under a bill signed by Gov. Pete Ricketts. The law allows medical practitioners to offer direct primary care agreements. Supporters …