Gov. Ricketts Signs Bill Merging Agencies to Create New Department of Environment & Energy

LINCOLN – Governor Pete Ricketts recently signed two bills to streamline and improve the operations of state agencies. LB302 introduced by Senator Dan Hughes of Venango merges the Department of Environmental Quality and the Nebraska Energy Office into a single agency as of July 1, 2019.  The new agency, named as the Department of Environment and Energy, will be under the direction of Jim Macy. Macy presently serves as the Director of Environmental Quality and interim director of the Nebraska Energy Office. The Governor also signed LB 301 to assign sole responsibility of the Boiler Inspection Act, the Nebraska Amusement Ride Act, and the Conveyance Safety Act to the Fire Marshal. The bill’s sponsor, Senator John Lowe of Kearney, says this will streamline inspections by putting them under one roof.

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