Attorney General Jon Bruning has unveiled this legislative agenda for this session, four bills with wide ranging aims.
Bruning held a news conference in his Capitol office hearing room with three state senators and Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner.
Wagner attended in support of a bill being sponsored by Sen. Colby Coash of Lincoln that would create the crime of attempting to disarm a law enforcement officer.
“This happens and offenders will try to disarm a police officer and when they do that, that’s pretty serious,” according to Coash. “And, it not only puts the officer at risk, it puts the community at risk.”
At present, the only applicable charge if someone attempts to wrest a gun from an officer is resisting arrest.
Wagner stated that he experienced the fear that arises from such an offense when as a deputy, he struggled with someone who attempted to rip a gun out of the holster of another officer.
Another bill supported by the Attorney General would ban public investments in companies with direct ties to Iran.
Its sponsor, Sen. Bill Avery of Lincoln, stated that no public money should flow to the renegade regime.
“Part of a larger effort of other states to isolate the Iranian regime economically and, frankly, it’s to restrict their ability to continue to be a threat in the region and a threat to world peace,” Avery said.
Bruning backs a bill that would change Nebraska manslaughter statutes to conform with a State Supreme Court ruling last year that drew a distinction between voluntary and involuntary manslaughter and noted that state law makes no such distinction.
“Currently, the penalties for accidentally crossing the center line when you’re driving your car and killing somebody in an auto accident and intentionally killing someone can be the same,” according to Bruning. “So, this bill addresses the differences established by the Supreme Court case, creating two unique classifications of manslaughter: voluntary and involuntary.”
The bill will be carried this legislative session by Sen. Scott Lautenbaugh of Omaha who could not make the news conference.
The final piece of legislation that will be pushed by Bruning would require companies that suffer a breach to their data systems to notify his office.
Bruning says he’s not trying to create more regulations, he’s trying to insure than when data is breached, consumers are notified.
“So, we want to notify consumers. If the company is not doing it, we’re going to do. That’s the goal. You have to get notified. We don’t care who does it. We just want it to be done right now.”
Freshman state Sen. John Murante of Gretna will sponsor the legislation.
AUDIO: Attorney General Jon Bruning unveils 2013 legislative agenda during news conference. [13:45]