Nebraska Lawmakers Advance Environmental Trust Bill
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A
bill that would impose new requirements on some land transfers to the
federal government for environmental preservation has won first-round
approval from Nebraska lawmakers.
Lawmakers voted 27-17 on Wednesday to advance the measure, following an eight-hour debate.
bill would require private conservation groups to get written approval
from the Nebraska Environmental Trust before transferring land to
federal entities, if the land was bought using trust grants.
measure would also require county reimbursement for lost property-tax
revenue, if the land was bought with grant money and turned over to the
Opponents argued that the measure was unwarranted.
The measure was introduced by Sen. Tyson Larson, of O'Neill, who designated it as his priority bill.