Published On: Wed, Jan 11th, 2017

First week is a busy one in the Nebraska Unicameral

LINCOLN — In a legislative session already dominated by concerns about declining state revenues and proposals for budget cutting, lawmakers lost no time introducing dozens of bills dealing with an array of other topics.
Here are some highlights of legislative bills introduced during the first week.
A number of proposals relate to schools and education:
LB 14, sponsored by Sen. Bob Krist of Omaha, would require high school students to pass a citizenship civics test before they could graduate.
LB 40, sponsored by Sen. Robert Hilkemann of Omaha, would prohibit school bus drivers from using wireless devices.
LB 62, sponsored by Sen. Jim Scheer of Norfolk, would repeal a state law that prohibits public school teachers from wearing religious garb.
A number of proposed bills relate to the criminal justice system:
LB 108, sponsored by Sen. Sue Crawford of Bellevue, would require law enforcement agencies to develop guidelines for assuring children are taken care of appropriately when a parent or guardian is arrested.

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