Nebraska governor signs brand surcharge bill
Nebraska Cattlemen (NC) is happy to report that Gov. Dave Heineman signed the brand surcharge bill May 11, 2011. NC had been keeping a close eye on LB 181, which was a bill that would allow a surcharge to be implemented by the Nebraska Brand Committee in order to make up for traveling expenses incurred by inspectors.
Since the governor signed the bill, the Nebraska Brand Committee will have to write the rules and regulations to implement it.
They will begin that discussion at their June 3 meeting. A public hearing will take place to allow public input regarding the rule before the law is implemented.
Sen. Tom Hansen intro duced LB 181 and made it his priority bill. This bill was voted on by NC membership to also be a priority bill. NC members are concerned about the Nebraska Brand Committee’s ability to financially meet travel expenses with rising fuel prices.
“Brand inspection has been in place since 1940 and has been administered very well by producers all these years,” stated Hansen. “They have been frugal with their policies and as lawmakers, we see the need to keep this agency fiscally viable. I would like to thank Nebraska Cattlemen, other ag groups, and former chairman Secretary of State John Gale for their support of LB 181.” — WLJ