Nebraska Cattlemen Legislative Positions-1st Half of the 107th

Nebraska Cattlemen successfully acted on five priority designated bills during the first half of the 107th Nebraska Legislative session. Last January, Nebraska Cattlemen’s Board of Directors considered and took positions on 113 pieces of legislation, designating priorities for this session. We are pleased to announce that all priority designated measures have been signed by Governor Ricketts.

Nebraska Cattlemen priority bills:

  • LB252 (Williams) – “Dr. Fox bill” Provide for refills of veterinary drug orders by veterinary drug distributors. LB252 was signed into law by Governor Ricketts on April 14th.
  • LB572 (Halloran) – Change provisions of the Livestock Brand Act. LB572 was signed into law by Governor Ricketts on May 26th.
  • LB396 (Brandt) – Adopt the Nebraska Farm-to-School Program Act. LB396 was signed into law by Governor Ricketts on May 27th.
  • Broadband: LB338 (Bostelman) – Change provisions regarding broadband service and provide requirements for and change provisions relating to funding for broadband infrastructure. LB338 was signed into law by Governor Ricketts on May 5th. LB388 (Friesen) – Adopt the Nebraska Broadband Bridge Act. LB388 was signed into law by Governor Ricketts on May 27th.

Nebraska Cattlemen would like to thank the many Senators and staff who worked with Nebraska Cattlemen to develop and advance these bills this session.“The members of the Unicameral and their dedicated staff who respond to the needs of cattle producers across the state are very much appreciated”, commented William H Rhea III, President. He further commented, “It is very satisfying to have all our priorities addressed this year.”

 

Nebraska Cattlemen Legislative Positions-2nd Half of the 107th

Nebraska Cattlemen has designated four priority bills during the second half of the 107th Nebraska Legislature. This January, Nebraska Cattlemen’s Board of Directors considered and took positions on 105 pieces of legislation, designating priorities for this session.

Nebraska Cattlemen 2022 Legislative Session Priority Bills:

  • LB723(Briese) – would place a floor under the current fund level, preventing the fund from decreasing to $375 million in 2024
  • LB783 (McDonald)- would appropriate $75 million to the Department of Economic Development for the beef processing industry
  • LB953- (John Cavanaugh)- would amend Nebraska’s open burning statute to provide a limitation on liability for land management burns which are conducted according to a burn permit issued by the local fire department
  • LB1160-(Wishart)-would appropriate $10 million from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to the Department of Environment and Energy to provide grants for small and rural communities to install reverse osmosis systems where drinking water test for nitrate levels above ten parts per million

Nebraska Cattlemen staff will work on behalf of our members to advance these bills over the finish line. “The members of the Unicameral and their dedicated staff who respond to the needs of cattle producers across the state are very much appreciated,” commented Brenda Masek, President. She further commented, “We are looking forward to seeing where our priority bills go this year.”