Nebraska Cattlemen set legislative priorities
Tax exemptions, brand permits, and trichomoniasis headlined the recent meeting of the Nebraska Cattlemen Legislative Committee.
Members of the committee reviewed and discussed over 250 Nebraska legislative bills and resolutions paying close attention to how proposed language can affect Nebraska beef producers.
For each piece of legislation, the committee compared NC's member developed policy with the bill's language to determine a position of support, oppose or monitor for each bill.
An important part of this process is the selection of priority bills by the committee, which the association plans to devote their efforts. This year the committee designated five bills for priority work.
The first priority issue is changes to tax provisions and the elimination of certain sale tax exemptions, corporate and individual income taxes, and the franchise tax. The bills related to this issue include LB 405 and LB 406. "Opposition to 405 and 406 were prioritized because of our policies concerning sales tax exemption reductions and the resulting financial consequences these bills would have for our members", said Robin Coulter Lapaseotes of Bridgeport, chairman of the NC Taxation Committee.
Other priority bills include LB 544 would require notifications of trichomoniasis, LB 435 would provide out of state brand permits under livestock brand act, and LB 613 which would create the tax modernization commission. "LB 613 was prioritized because it has the potential to address Nebraska's current tax problems," said Lapaseotes.
"I would like to commend the efforts of Nebraska Cattlemen staff and volunteer leadership who came together last week to review proposed legislation bills and develop Nebraska Cattlemen's position. We look forward to working with our State Senators as these bills move through he unicameral," said Jeff Rudolph of Gothenberg, chairman of the NC Legislative Committee.
For more information about a specific priority for Nebraska Cattlemen, please call the Nebraska Cattlemen office at 402-475-2333.
The Nebraska Cattlemen association serves as the representative for the state's beef cattle industry and represents professional cattle breeders, ranchers and feeders, as well as county and local cattlemen's associations. Its headquarters are in Lincoln and second office in Lakeside serves cattlemen in western Nebraska. For more information, visit www.nebraskacattlemen.org.