This week in the Nebraska Legislature, senators discussed medical marijuana, lethal injection drug provider confidentiality and school funding.LB 622, a bill that would have legalized medical cannabis, stalled on April 19 after senators failed to take action on it. Sponsored by Sen. Anna Wishart of Lincoln, the bill would have approved certain forms of cannabis -- liquid, oil, pill or vapor -- for medical use.
Also on April 19, senators discussed lethal injection drug provider confidentiality. LB 661, sponsored by Sen. John Kuehn of Heartwell, would keep confidential any records that contain personally identifiable information of manufacturers, suppliers or other providers of drugs, supplies or equipment used in lethal injections. Senators took no action on the bill before the Legislature adjourned for the day.
Other bills discussed in the Legislature last week include the following:
LB 640, sponsored by Sen. Mike Groene of North Platte, would provide additional state aid to some schools. The bill aims to distribute state aid funding more fairly, and would apply to schools that rely on property taxes for more than 55 percent of their general fund revenue. Senators adopted a technical amendment on the bill, but took no further action before moving on to other agenda items on April 18.
LB 584, sponsored by Sen. Curt Friesen of Henderson, aims to encourage wildlife habitat growth, as well as fight soil erosion, by prohibiting counties and townships from mowing ditches prior to July 1. The bill advanced to select file on April 20 on a 36-0 vote.
LB 645, sponsored by Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks of Lincoln, would give a legal definition to dyslexia, which is included as a learning disability in state law. Senators voted 32-0 on April 20 to advance the bill to select file.