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Nebraska Legislature Bill LB49

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About LB 49: "Change provisions relating to solar energy and wind energy, declare certain instruments void and unenforceable, and provide for a civil cause of action" - This bill would allow your tenant to install solar panels on your roof even if the landlord did not approve. Public Hearing: Thursday, February 23rd, 2023 at 1:30pm Room 1113 What Can You Do? Please use the following link to SUBMIT COMMENTS ONLINE FOR LB49 and leave your comment for the Judiciary Committee to express your OPPOSITION for LB 49 (see below for link) *MUST SUBMIT BY WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22nd BY 12:00pm* SUBMIT COMMENT NOW Suggested Text: You can copy and edit the below text. "I oppose LB 49 which creates a new "right to direct sunlight" that doesn't exist in the Constitution, Bill of Rights or any Amendment of the Constitution. This new right cannot be abridged by any shade from outside the owner's or tenant's property. Presumably if a tenant wants to put a solar panel on a roof and the landlord has a tree that shades it the landlord can be forced to remove the tree. It has been estimated that a tree shading a roof cuts air conditioning costs by 5-15%. Trees also absorb greenhouse gasses and provide oxygen. The bill also doesn't have any provision for payment to a landlord for damages that could be caused to the roof by a solar panel installation. This bill also doesn't limit the right to direct sunlight to solar panels. Conceivably someone could extend this right to be able to have direct sunlight come in their windows so they can have passive solar heating or just enjoy the light however they wish. Someone with SAD syndrome could force the landlord or their neighbor to remove shade trees to maximize their exposure to direct sunlight. This bill is fraught with all sorts of unintended consequences. Senators please reject LB 49." SUBMIT COMMENT NOW




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