Governor Signs NFIB-Backed UI Bill Into Law

Date: April 01, 2017

Legislative session nearing two-thirds mark

NFIB/Nebraska State Director Bob Hallstrom reports from Lincoln on the small-business agenda for the legislative week ending March 31.

As lawmakers recessed for the weekend, nearly two-thirds of the 2017 legislative session is in the books. Approximately 50 percent of the 105 individual senator, committee, and Speaker priority bills have yet to receive first-round consideration. As a result, it anticipated that the Legislature will be engaging in late night sessions beginning in early-mid April.

NFIB Victory: Governor Signs Unemployment Insurance Bill

NFIB State Director Bob Hallstrom joined Gov. Pete Ricketts March 29 as Legislative Bill 203 (Unemployment Insurance Reform) was signed into law. Introduced by Sen. John Kuehn (Heartwell) and designated as a priority bill by the Business and Labor Committee, LB 203 revises the requirements for individuals receiving unemployment benefits who voluntarily leave a job without good cause by providing that such an individual is not eligible for unemployment benefits until they have earned four times their weekly benefit amount in insured work and has separated from the most recent subsequent employment under non-disqualifying conditions. The bill addresses habitual abusers of the unemployment insurance program and is estimated to save employers between $2.75 million and $7.5 million annually.


[From left to right: Nebraska Commissioner of Labor John Albin, NFIB State Director Bob Hallstrom, Sen. Steve Halloran, Sen. Joni Albrecht, Sen. John Kuehn behind governor, Gov. Pete Ricketts]

Small Business Day at the Capitol

NFIB/Nebraska will co-sponsor the Small Business Day in Lincoln at the State Capitol on April 12.

NFIB’s co-sponsors are the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, Lincoln Independent Business Association and Nebraskans for Workers’ Compensation Equity and Fairness.

Small Business Day gives NFIB members an opportunity to network with other small business owners. Governor Pete Ricketts will speak to the group, followed by legislative briefings by state senators.

For more information and to register, click here.

Previous Reports and Related News Releases

March 30 News Release—State Small Business Owners to Convene in Lincoln

March 24—NFIB-Backed UI Reform Bill Passes Nebraska Legislature

March 17—Bill Targeting Unemployment Insurance Abusers Advances

March 10 Report—NFIB Members Rally to Kill Bad Workers’ Comp. Bill

March 3 Report—Senators Given Grim Revenue Forecast

February 24 Report—Nebraska Legislature Designates its Priority Bills

February 17 Report—Legislators Propose Expanding Sales Tax to Sales

February 10 Report—NFIB-Backed Unemployment Bill Advances

February 3 Report—Governor’s Tax Relief Bill Coming Up For First Hearing

January 30 News Release—Comment on Governor’s Press Conference, Today

January 27 Report—NFIB Fighting Habitual Abusers of Unemployment Insurance

January 20 Report—Bill Introduction Period Expires in Nebraska Legislature

January 13 Report—Bill Introductions Less Than Normal in Nebraska Legislature

January 12 News Release—Comment on Today’s State-of-the-State Address

January 6 Report—Nebraska Legislature Opens for Business


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