Interim Legislative Hearings Important for Small Business

Date: June 21, 2017

NFIB/Nebraska to closely monitor 12 resolutions

In between the May 23, 2017 close of the first half of the legislative session and the January 3, 2018 opening of the second half, interim hearings on a variety of topics will be held by committees of the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature.

Testimony, findings, research, and ideas emanating from these interim hearings, held June through November, help shape the legislation that will be considered when the full Legislature returns for business next year.

NFIB/Nebraska will monitor 12 resolutions in particular under consideration by standing committees for their possible effects on small business. Showing early support or opposition for interim ideas goes a long way to stopping bad ideas before they gain any traction or to giving good measures the gas they need to accelerate into the next session.

The 12 measures are listed in numerical order, followed by the name of the primary sponsor, the committee studying it, and a brief description of the topic. More detailed information can be found here.

  • Legislative Resolution 141, Sen. Kate Bolz, Business and Labor Committee–Study to examine best practices for promoting career education and training that can lead to job readiness for middle-skill positions
  • Legislative Resolution 143, Sen. Rick Kolowski, Business and Labor–Study to examine pay equity issues
  • Legislative Resolution 144, Sen. Sara Howard, Business and Labor Committee–Study to examine the effects of nonstandard and volatile job schedules on Nebraska businesses, workers, and families
  • Legislative Resolution 161, Sen. Jim Smith, Revenue Committee–Study to examine the structure and administration of, and compliance with, state individual income and corporate income taxes
  • Legislative Resolution 162, Sen. Jim Smith, Revenue Committee–Study to examine the structure and administration of, and compliance with, state and local sales and use taxes and any other miscellaneous taxes
  • Legislative Resolution 163, Sen. Jim Smith, Revenue Committee–Study to examine the structure and administration of, and compliance with, real and personal property taxes
  • Legislative Resolution 168, Sen. John Lowe, Business and Labor Committee–Study to examine the feasibility of adopting a workers’ compensation drug formulary
  • Legislative Resolution 183, Sen. Joni Albrecht, Business and Labor Committee–Study to review reimbursement rates for ambulatory surgical centers and outpatient hospitals with respect to provision of workers’ compensation services
  • Legislative Resolution 201, Sen. Lou Ann Linehan, Business and Labor Committee–Study to review reimbursement rates for ambulatory surgical centers and outpatient hospitals with respect to workers’ compensation services in Nebraska
  • Legislative Resolution 223, Sen. Carol Blood, Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee–Study to examine Nebraska statutes governing the use of personally identifiable information
  • Legislative Resolution 242, Sen. John Kuehn, Appropriations Committee–Study to examine the feasibility of zero-based budgeting for state agencies
  • Legislative Resolution 243, Sen. Justin Wayne, Judiciary Committee–Study to examine issues related to eminent domain and property rights

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