LINCOLN, Nebraska -- State senators began introducing bills on Jan. 10, at the start of the 103rd legislative session. So far the bills touch on everything from firearm and tanning salon regulation to tax exemptions on Social Security and military retirement benefits.
The following are some of the highlights:
LB5: Introduced by Sen. Bob Krist of Omaha, this bill would exempt Social Security benefits and military retirement income from state income taxation.
LB37: This bill would allow family members or personal representatives to take control of the social networking account or blog of a deceased person. Introduced by Sen. John Wightman of Lexington, the bill addresses the issue of what to do with a person's online presence after he or she dies.
LB50: Sen. Brad Ashford of Omaha introduced this bill prohibiting the unreasonable placement of a firearm where a minor or a mentally handicapped individual may unlawfully possess it. The bill would impose civil rather than criminal liability on violators.
LB58: Sen. Tyson Larson of O'Neill introduced this bill protecting prospective employees from having to give out their usernames and passwords on social networking sites to employers.
LB60: This bill, also introduced by Larson, would exclude Knox County from brand inspections.
LB69: Sen. Ken Schilz of Ogallala introduced this bill, that would remove language about "specialty pesticides" for household use.
LB77: The Nebraska Iran Divestment Act, introduced by Sen. Bill Avery of Lincoln, would prohibit the investment of state funds, including public employee retirement funds, in companies that provide power production-related services or military equipment to Iran. The federal government has imposed strict sanctions on Iran that prevent U.S. companies from doing business with that country.
LB81: Sen. Paul Schumacher of Columbus introduced this bill to provide an income tax deduction for corporate dividends.
LB79: Political campaign contributors' full names would be disclosed when they donate more than $100, reduced from $250, with this bill, introduced by Sen. Bill Avery of Lincoln.
LB89: This bill, introduced by Sen. Ken Haar of Malcolm, would give immunity from liability to those who provide shelter to the public during tornados or other extreme weather events.
LB100: Sen. Dan Watermeier of Syracuse introduced this bill -- one of his first three -- would remove a requirement that ATMs should show surcharges in a prominent place on the machine during a transfer of funds.
LB103: Witnesses would be given the option of being examined in civil cases by videoconferencing with this bill, introduced by Sen. Steve Lathrop of Omaha.
LB104: Lathrop also introduced this bill giving renewable energy projects tax incentives.
LB118: Sen. John Harms of Scottsbluff introduced this bill that would allow police to pull over and cite a driver for texting while driving.
The current law only allows police to issue citations for texting as a secondary offense, after the driver has been stopped for another traffic violation.
LB132: The Skin Cancer Prevention Act would make it illegal for the owner or lessee of a tanning facility to allow a person under the age of 18 to use the tanning equipment.
The bill, introduced by Sen. Jeremy Nordquist of Omaha, would also require owners to post warning signs in their salons explaining the dangers of overexposure to ultraviolet radiation.
LR1CA: Sen. Steve Lathrop of Omaha introduced a resolution to amend the Nebraska Constitution that would add gender-inclusive language -- she, her and person -- to the eligibility requirements for members of the legislature.
The amendment would also reduce the age of eligible lawmakers from 21 to 18.
LR2CA: Introduced by Sen. Pete Pirsch of Omaha, this bill would amend the Nebraska Constitution to require that any bill imposing or increasing taxes must be approved by a majority of members of the legislature plus four, or 29 votes instead of 25.