Tax Deduction, Tuition Waiver for Advanced Law Enforcement Officers – Unicameral Update

A bill that would grant a state income tax deduction to retired law enforcement officers advanced to the second round of debate on March 3 after lawmakers amended it to include a tuition waiver for eligible agents.

Senator Eliot Bostar

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The senator. Eliot Bostar

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Senator Eliot Bostar

Under LB1273, introduced by Lincoln Sen. Eliot Bostar, a retired person who has been employed full-time as a certified law enforcement officer for at least 20 years and is at least 60 years old at the end of the tax year could reduce his federal adjusted gross income. by the amount of health insurance premiums they paid during the tax year.

The deduction would come into effect from tax year 2023.

Bostar said the proposal would help retired officers cover the costs of long-term mental and physical health issues that often result from a career in law enforcement.

A revenue committee amendment, passed 33-0, includes the provisions of LB1272, introduced by Sen. Steve Halloran of Hastings.

These provisions would increase the current tuition waiver for eligible law enforcement officers from 30% to 100%. The waiver applies to resident tuition fees charged by any state university, college, or community college.

Halloran said the waiver could help recruit and retain law enforcement officers and encourage them to continue their education.

The State Department of Revenue estimates that LB1273 as amended would reduce state general fund revenue by $176,000 in fiscal year 2023-24 and $187,000 in fiscal year 2024- 25.

Senators advanced the bill to select the case on a 41-0 vote.

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