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 By Shelby Friesz    Elsewhere    April 19, 2013

Legislature requires STD information with prescriptions if bill passes

LINCOLN – Nebraska lawmakers adopted an amendment to a bill Tuesday that would require physicians to give written information about an STD when providing treatment to a patient with such infections. The written information, detailing chlamydia and...

 
 By Shelby Friesz    News    April 17, 2013

Senators debate medicaid expansion

LINCOLN – Nebraska lawmakers debated Tuesday about expanding Medicaid to a particular group of low-income adults and adopted an amendment allowing lawmakers to review the policy if federal funds decrease. The bill (LB577), introduced by Sen. Kathy...

 
 By Shelby Friesz and Joseph Moore    News    April 13, 2013

Legislature debates mandatory sentences for juveniles

LINCOLN – Juveniles convicted of Class 1A felonies would no longer face a mandatory life sentence without the possibility of parole under a bill introduced by Sen. Brad Ashford of Omaha. The bill (LB44), which the Legislature debated Monday, would...

 
 By Shelby Friesz    News    March 1, 2013

Special committee could discuss state aid

LINCOLN – A special committee to analyze state aid to education could be formed if a bill heard in the Education Committee of the Nebraska Legislature is passed. Sen. Ken Haar of Malcolm presented the bill (LB323) Tuesday that would create a group...

 
 By Shelby Friesz    News    February 28, 2013

Prisoner labor bill withdrawn in Legislature

LINCOLN – Sen. Mark Christensen of Imperial withdrew his bill (LB52) Wednesday that would allow certain organizations to hire prisoners for labor without pay. Christensen said he received phone calls and emails throughout Tuesday after an...

 
 By Shelby Friesz    News    February 27, 2013

Chambers aims to kill bill on prisoner labor

LINCOLN – After three hours of discussion, one of three amendments proposed by Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha to a bill dealing with prison labor was passed Tuesday. “I intend to take all the time that is necessary to kill this bill,” Chambers...

 
 By Shelby Friesz    Community    February 19, 2013

Mistreated livestock could be seized, owners could pay

LINCOLN – Law enforcement officers could seize mistreated livestock with a veterinarian’s recommendation if an Agriculture Committee bill is passed. Rick Leonard, the committee’s research analyst, presented the bill (LB423) at a hearing...

 
 By Shelby Friesz and Demetria Stephens    News    February 19, 2013

Climate change town hall centers on water, state plans

LINCOLN – More droughts in the Southern plains and floods in the Northern plains are among the scenarios described in new a national climate change draft report. After record high water flowing from the Colorado Rockies to the Missouri River in...

 
 By Shelby Friesz    News    February 13, 2013

Superintendents may not need teaching experience

LINCOLN – School superintendents would no longer be required to have two years of classroom experience if the Education Committee passes a bill it heard Tuesday. Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha...

 
 By Shelby Friesz    News    February 13, 2013

Texting while driving could be primary offense

LINCOLN – “I k rite,” the text message read. That text message caused a life-changing car accident for 19-year-old Cedar Rapids native Erin Smith, who testified in support of a bill during the Transportation and Telecommunications Committee hea...