29 bills designated priority proposals
LB 158 is one of 29 bills in the Nebraska Legislature designated as a priority proposal for 2013.
State Sen Al Davis says the penalty for a DUI increases once the bill goes into effect.
"The enactment of LB158 will require those convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol, or DUI, to install ignition interlock devices in their vehicle for a minimum of one year."
Offenders licenses will not be reinstated until after the court ordered ignition interlock device installation period.
Repeat offenders will have their licenses revoked for 18 months.
The bill becomes law on July 1st. Gov. Heineman signed it April 24th.
Davis says another priority is LB 68.
"The Agriculture Committee prioritized LB68 to amend the plant protection and plant pest act. Currently there are three categories of commercial nursery licenses under the act. They are for growers, dealers, and brokers."
Under the bill, all three would be consolidated into one nursery stock distributor license. Existing fee schedules for licensees would be changed to $115 for the first acre, and $5 for each acre after that.
The State Department of Agriculture would have the option to increase fees to as much as $140 for the first acre, and $6 for every additional acre.
LB68 has been passed, but is awaiting signature from Gov. Heineman.
Davis says financial and educational changes are possible under LB476.
"Minimum weekly and hourly requirements would be replaced by a new requirement that the internship be of sufficient duration to allow the student to gain significant valuable work experience and knowledge. Increased grant amounts for distressed areas would be replaced with a maximum reimbursement up to 75% of the cost of the internship, or $5,000. Maximum reimbursement would increase to $7,500 if an employer could show the intern was a federal pel grant recipient at the time of internship grant application."
A resident student must be enrolled full-time in an institution of higher learning to be eligible for the program.
Since its inception in 2011, over 200 businesses and nearly 400 interns have participated.
More than half the interns were offered full-time jobs at their places of internship.
The bill, which is on final reading, would also require the program to be marketed to high schools with a focus on attracting under served student populations.
Davis says LB93 is designated to make identification easier for military veterans.
"The Transportation and Telecommunications Committee prioritized LB93 to allow eligible veterans to request that their veteran status be indicated on their drivers license or state I.D. card. Veterans currently must provide discharge papers or other forms that contain their social security number, and other private information to verify their status, and receive certain benefits to which they are entitled."
The bill would require the State Department of Veteran Affairs to create and maintain a registry including veterans' active duty records, status, discharge, and retirement information.
The bill is waiting for second stage floor debate.
A constitutional amendment is also designated a priority proposal.
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