Taxes & Education funding key priorities of Neb. Cattlemen

The 103rd legislative session is off to a sluggish start. The 60 day session began in early January, so the Senators are getting to the half way point. Senators are hearing bills in committee and bills are starting to make their way to the floor for debate.

In a interview with KNEB/Rural Radio Network, Nebraska Cattlemen Director of Legislative Affairs Laura Field says as bills come to the floor they are getting bogged down in debate.

Field says their members have spoken that their top priority is property tax relief. Nebraska Cattlemen identified two bills dealing with property tax relief that they support. LB 813, is a bill that changes the value of ag land from 75 to 65 percent by 2016. And LB1086, is property tax credit program that all property tax payers can apply for.

Another top priority is funding for education. Nebraska Cattlemen is supporting LB 1099, a bill introduced by Senator Haar. This would allow for a two study of the study aid formula. Field says Nebraska Cattlemen has policy that supports looking at all options for funding schools, judging the needs of schools and resources in that formula.

Another bill of interest is LB884, a bill introduced by Senator Hansen requires exotic animal auctions and swap meets to have animal heath standards similar to livestock markets. Field says there is a concern for a disease outbreak, as exotic animals might be commingled with cattle.

After a slow start to this year's session, Field is just hopeful the second half of the session is more productive.

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