ZW Legislative Weekly July 17, 2020
Friday, July 17, 2020
Session Restarts Monday
On a call earlier this week, Speaker of the Legislature Jim Scheer announced his plans for the week’s legislative schedule.
- Monday: Back to work – start working through the 45 bills on Select File, the second stage of debate that traditionally moves faster than first round. Those scheduled for debate on Monday are only those bills that do not have financial impact for the state. Adjourn by 6 pm.
- Tuesday: Final Reading (final vote to pass a bill) for the 11 prioritized Final Reading bills. On Tuesday through Thursday, he plans to stay in session until around 10 pm.
- Wednesday: Begin debate on the proposed Property Tax Relief bill, LB1106.
- Thursday: Return to bills remaining on Select File.
- Friday: Adjourn at noon, thankfully.
Nineteen priority bills remain on General File – 13 of which have not had any debate yet. Eighteen priority bills have not yet been voted out of Committee. While some may never be voted out of committee, others are expected to advance right away.
The official agenda has been posted for Monday – here’s what you should be watching for:
LB1183 (Arch) Adopt the Population Health Information Act, create the Health Information Technology Board, and change prescription drug monitoring program and statewide health information exchange provisions. The bill could be considered as early as Monday afternoon or Tuesday.
As a reminder, LB1183 establishes a Health Information Technology Board comprised of 14 members appointed by the Governor and approved by the Legislature. The Board shall consist of a program director, two physicians, one pharmacist, one alcohol and drug counselor, one health care provider certified in pain management, one hospital administrator, one dentist, one nurse practitioner, one veterinarian, one DHHS representative, one representative of the statewide health information exchange, and, as ex officio members, the chairs of the Health and Human Services Committee and the Appropriations Committee of the Legislature. Empowers the Board to establish criteria for data collection and disbursement and to evaluate, provide governance oversight, and recommendations regarding the statewide health information exchange and the prescription drug monitoring program. Requires that the Board develop and submit an annual report to the Governor and the Health and Human Services Committee of the Legislature detailing considerations undertaken, decisions made, accomplishments, and other relevant information concerning the Board.
We are looking forward to getting the ball rolling again and keeping you posted along the way,
Katie and Michelle