State Senator Roy Baker of Lincoln is apparently the first legislator to name his priority bill for this 90-day session.
Senator Baker, who represents southern Lancaster County and all of Gage County, has chosen LB 431, which would adjust the formal bid process threshold school districts face on construction or repair projects. The current level at which a formal bid process must be used is $40,000.
“That $40,000 figure was set in 1979,” Baker says. “(The bill) would bring it up to $100,000. The exact translation from 1979 is more like $130,000, so it doesn’t even bring it up to the level of the purchasing power of 1979.”
Baker says the legislation has a built-in measure that would call for a reset every five years to boost the figure alloting for the cost of living.
Each state senator is allowed to designate one bill they sponsor as their priority, or can name another senator’s measure as a priority bill.
Baker said naming LB 431 as his priority early, should increase chances of moving quickly toward passage. The bill has been advanced from committee to the first round of floor debate.
By Doug Kennedy, KWBE, Beatrice