Legislature: This week in review

The Legislature continued committee hearings and floor debate this week on a wide range of issues, including insurance regulation, special education funding and medical release of terminally ill prisoners.
    The Judiciary Committee heard LB 852, introduced by Sen. Kate Bolz of Lincoln, on Feb. 1. The bill would allow inmates that are terminally ill to be considered for medical release to address the overcrowding issues the correctional system is currently experiencing. No one testified against the bill. No immediate action was taken.
    LB 743, introduced by Sen. Brett Lindstorm of Omaha, was approved 36-0 on Feb. 1. The bill would update state laws regulating the insurance industry. Sen. Mark Kolterman of Seward, offered an amendment to the bill to remove a cap on the reasonable fee public adjusters can charge on insurance settlements. The amendment passed 36-0.
    Lawmakers also voted on LB 757, introduced by Sen. Adam Morfeld of Lincoln on Feb. 1. The bill proposes free credit monitoring for consumers after a data security breach. The bill passed unanimously and is advancing to select file.
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