Harms introduces bills on early childhood development, county manager form of gov't

State Senator John Harms of Scottsbluff has introduced a bill that would appropriate $10 million
each from the general funds for 2013-14 and 2014-15 for the Early Childhood Education Endowment Cash Fund. The fund provides grants to school districts for early childhood education programs for at-risk children from birth to age 3. Harms had indicated prior to the session there were too many children in the state, especially in Scotts Bluff County, who are at risk prior to entering kindergarten.

Senator Harms has also introduced legislation that would place a Constitutional Amendment on the statewide ballot in 2014 enabling counties to implement a County Manager form of government under a majority vote in a county election. Harms maintains the legislation will save taxpayer dollars, provide a higher quality of service to the public and provide an experienced person to coordinate county operations and budgets.

The legislation has been introduced before and has been opposed by the Nebraska Association of County Officials. It is LR12CA and a hearing on the bill has been set for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 23rd in front of the Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.

Other bills of note this week would reduce minors age from 19 to 18 and increase the salaries of Nebraska's constitutional officers in 2015 with the governor's salary moving to $126,000 from $105,000.
Another bill would provide that information regarding firearm sale, registration, use or purchase would not be a matter of public record. The information would be available upon request by any federal, state or local law enforcement agency.

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