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President David Wright, 402-929-0339, ICON Director Chris Abbott, 308-0282-2826,
or Communications Director Linda Wuebben, 402-357-3778.
IMMEDIATE RELEASE - December 3,
ICON Holds 7th
Annual Convention in Broken Bow
Imminent Domain and Water Rights were just a few of the topics touched on by State
Senators and members of Independent Cattlemen of Nebraska (ICON) at the recent
annual convention held in Broken Bow.
A panel of senators including Annette
Dubas, Mark Christensen and LeRoy Louden spent three hours trading comments with
ICON members about issues all considered a priority for todays Unicameral.
and more senators are seeing the need to reconsider the revenue stream,
said Dubas. A transaction tax seems the best route but we have to consider
how counties will generate revenue if the state makes the change to that type
of system. She said the governor has put his ideas forth and now its
time for the Unicameral to get serious; put everything on the table. A study of
all tax laws is the next step to consider all the pros and cons.
at the end of the day, we might be happy; maybe not, said Dubas. But
the door needs to be opened for change. Remember though, a change here will affect
something over there. Something someone will not be happy about will pop up.
a transaction tax is considered, the process will eliminate all sales tax exemptions
statewide and that will be a huge hurdle to overcome Senator Louden added to the
discussion. Louden also indicated there is talk about the state house taking another
look at the school aid formula but he will not part of the process because he
is termed out,
Imminent domain is an issue which came to the forefront because
of the pipeline debate and perimeters will need to be set for future projects
Dubas said. More research of state statutes will be needed to determine purposes
for the use of the imminent domain clause in projects like roads and infrastructure.
Landowners need specific language about who can use it and where it is applicable.
rights boil down to politics and money said Senator Christensen. There is no subsoil
moisture left anywhere in the state and allocations will possibly be adjusted
this year. He has been researching a state statute which says a landowner has
the right to the beneficial use of the water under his land. Moratoriums and water
allocations may infringe on a landowners right to his water and that will
have to be studied more. He is surprised a lawsuit hasnt come forward with
just that principal in mind.
How each individual looks at these landowner
rights is the difficult issue? said Christensen.
ICON met on Saturday
in Broken Bow and also listened to a drought and grass management presentation
from Scott Cotton, UNL Extension Educator in Dawes County before concluding the
day with a business meeting and banquet.