A total of 50 bills and one proposed constitutional amendment were introduced Monday in the Nebraska Legislature. Among the highlights:
The Metropolitan Utilities District would be eliminated as of Jan. 1, 2015, under a bill introduced by Sen. Scott Lautenbaugh of Omaha. LB 823 does not call for selling the utility, but Lautenbaugh has said that is his aim.
Property taxpayers would no longer pay a common levy to support the school districts that are part of the Learning Community of Douglas and Sarpy Counties under LB 865, introduced by Sen. Jim Smith of Papillion. Taxpayers would instead pay to their own school district.
Minors would be prohibited from using electronic cigarettes and retailers would be banned from selling such products to minors under LB 861, introduced by Sen. Russ Karpisek of Wahoo.