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Jan 11
Unicameral Update - January 11, 2021

We are underway in Nebraska. The legislature returned to the capitol on January 6 for the 90 legislative day session. However, lobbyists largely did not. As a result of protocols in place due to COVID, lobbyists continue to work differently via Zoom, text, email and some socially distanced meetings. Each office is different, and we are trying to be respectful of their comfort level of engagement.

There was discussion leading up to the start of session that senators may limit the number of bills they introduce in order to decrease the need or opportunity for the public to be in the capitol for hearings and debate.

However, there have already been 212 bill introductions and five proposed constitutional amendments. Bill introduction continues until January 20.

We are reading bills as they are introduced. See below for potential list of Bills of Interest to IIAN members.

Chair Matt Williams introduced bills on continuing education (LB 21) and NAIC Annuity model (LB 22) for the Department of Insurance. We are already in discussion with the Department about LB 22, regarding concerns that we have for member agents.

This week they will continue bill introduction before starting committee hearings.

New Senators, Leadership

The first day brought the swearing in of senators who were most recently elected in November. In what is a first in the Nebraska legislature, we have a brother and sister serving at the same time. Sen. John Cavanaugh was elected in November to represent LD 9 in Omaha. He joins his sister Sen.

Michaela Cavanaugh who represents LD 6 in Omaha.

Sen. John Cavanaugh is joined by four other first-time senators and three senators who are returning after having set out a term or more due to term limits.

The swearing in was followed by the election of a Speaker and committee chairs. Sen. Mike Hilgers of Lincoln ran unopposed for Speaker as did several committee chairs. The afternoon saw senators receiving their committee assignments for the next two years.

The other Chairmanships of note include Ben Hansen who defeated current Business & Labor Chair Matt Hansen for that position. Matt Williams remains Chair of Banking, Commerce & Insurance.

Please call, text or email anytime.

James P. Cavanaugh (Cavanaughlawfirm@aol.com)                                              Perre Neilan (Perre@NeilanStrategyGroup.com)

Office: (402) 341-2020 ​

BILL OF INTEREST

LB21WilliamsChange insurance provisions regarding administrative penalties, health maintenance organizations, and continuing education
LB22WilliamsChange provisions of the Nebraska Protection in Annuity Transactions Act
LB52LathropProvide for immunity for injury or death resulting from COVID- 19 exposure
LB77GragertProhibit insurance risk classifications and rate adjustments based on the fact that the insured is deployed in the military
LB106FriesenChange fees relating to access to drivers' records and provide for a new motor vehicle operator's license services system
LB139BrieseAdopt the COVID-19 Liability Protection Act
LB170Hansen, M.Change provisions relating to the date when compensation begins under the Nebraska Workers' Compensation Act
LB171Hansen, M.Change provisions of the Employment Security Law relating to weekly benefit amounts and maximum annual amounts
LB172Hansen, M.Change provisions relating to benefit payments under the Employment Security Law
LB207McDonnell

Change provisions relating to the date when compensation

begins under the Nebraska Workers' Compensation Act

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