Sen. Steve Erdman of Bayard holds up approval of Legislative Bill 496, which would authorize the use of tax increment financing to build workforce housing in rural Nebraska.
“When you start these TIF projects, especially when you use it for construction for housing, then you’re going to increase the amount of TIF projects you have and you’re going to increase the amount of revenue that is lost by your school district and your county and city,” Erdman tells colleagues.
Despite the objection, LB 496 passes as does LB 791, which tightens disciplinary procedures for the Nebraska State Patrol, requested by Gov. Pete Ricketts in wake of his administration’s investigation which led to the firing of Superintendent Brad Rice and the discipline of several top NSP officials.
Sen. Dan Quick of Grand Island says he agrees with the premise, not the process.
“Part of the process that I disagree with is the piece on collective bargaining, where it takes away some of the rights in collective bargaining for some parts of the discipline procedure,” Quick says.
The final objection of the day comes on LB 873, which combined a handful of bills.
Sen. Mike Groene of North Platte objects to a provision of the bill which directs cities to develop early childhood development plans. Groene says the bill extends the arm of government too far and interferes with the independence of families.
LB 873 passes nonetheless.
In all, the Unicameral has approved more than 20 bills on its final day, sending them to Gov. Ricketts.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]