LB 1174 PASSES AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE 7-1
“Senator Dierks and the entire Agriculture Committee should be commended for their work on this important bill,” continued Owens. “They clearly understand the importance of keeping mega-corporations whose only concern is the bottom line from owning Nebraska’s invaluable agriculture assets.”
In the fall of 2006, a federal judge ruled that I-300 discriminated against out-of-state individuals and business entities, thus violating the commerce clause of the United States Constitution. LB 1174, introduced by Senator Dierks and supported by the Center for Rural Affairs, Nebraska Farmers Union and many other organizations, would be a very close copy of the text of the original I-300 amendment. However, to meet the court’s objections, it would explicitly state that actively engaged farmers and ranchers in other states would be eligible to own agricultural assets in Nebraska.
“We can’t allow a federal court to overrule the clear majority of Nebraskans who supported Initiative 300 for decades,” said Owens. “We fully expect the entire Unicameral to respect the will of Nebraska voters by passing LB 1174 in the coming weeks. Additionally, LB 1174 addresses concerns raised by opponents by allowing five or fewer unrelated farmers and ranchers to work together in a farm operation. These good faith compromises should allow LB 1174 to gain the support of all who care about the future of family farming, ranching and Nebraska’s rural communities.”