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Nebraska lawmaker's working on latest bills

Posted: 02/11/13 08:36

Lawmakers have scheduled hearings for proposed changes to Nebraska's school-aid formula. The Legislature's Education Committee will hear testimony on the bills tomorrow. Lawmakers are expected to adjust the formula this year. Under current law, state aid for schools is expected to grow by more than 10 percent during the next school year.

Nebraska lawmakers will consider a series of measures aimed at seat belt violations and texting while driving. A committee will hear three measures today that are intended to reduce highway fatalities. Nebraska reported 211 traffic deaths last year, an upswing after several years of decline. Omaha Sen. Bob Krist will offer a bill to require all vehicle passengers to wear a seat belt, and allow police to stop motorists solely for seat belt violations. Current law treats violations as a secondary offense, meaning officers can only cite drivers after stopping them for some other reason. Another bill by Scottsbluff Sen. John Harms would make seat belt violations a primary offense, and increase the fine from $25 to $100. A third bill would make texting while driving a primary offense.