It’s a wrap—and here’s why you care.

It’s that awkward time, the Legislature has been adjourned for months and it’s still more than four weeks before the first University of Nebraska-Lincoln Husker football game. Our friends at Unicameral Update have come to the rescue with a concise roundup -- committee by committee -- on the 2019 Legislature. So, why do you care?

The Agriculture Committee advanced and lawmakers passed bills authorizing the cultivation and processing of hemp, expanding legal protections for agricultural producers and allowing for cottage food sales from a private home. You can now buy more so-called cottage foods (we used to call them home made) directly from producers’ and at certain events.

The Appropriations Committee proposed and lawmakers passed a balanced budget, which escaped gubernatorial veto. The budget increased funds to the state Office of Violence Prevention, funded a study of long-term care availability to Medicaid recipients and increased behavioral health provider rates. It’s your money.


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