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Sen. Carol Blood

Sen. Carol Blood

District 3

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SINCE LAST WEEK…

One of the most important things we are tasked with as State Senators and really the only thing we are constitutionally required to do is to pass the state budget. Not only must we pass the budget, but our constitution requires it to be a balanced budget. Last week, we got through the first round of debate fairly unscathed.

This week, LBs 294, 295, 296, 297, 298, and 299 came to the floor for the second round of debate. After several hours of discussion, they all advanced to final reading. These bills are incredibly comprehensive as they deal with making sure that state employees are paid, that funding for various infrastructure projects are funded, and the first steps towards getting real, tangible property tax relief are taken.

On the idea of property tax relief, the legislature is still going to have to hammer out some of the details, but it does appear there will be some coming in the very near future. How much and in what form is still going to take some tweaks and just how we arrive at the final numbers was once again a hot topic in the second round of debate. I expect even more debate before the session is over, but I will fight to get as much tax relief as is feasible when working under the budget constraints the state finds itself in.

All of the budget bills are slated for final debate next Tuesday as the legislature is on recess Friday and Monday. I expect come Tuesday night, the legislature will have officially adopted a budget and sent it to the Governor for his signature.

Sarpy County Legislative Breakfast
This morning I joined fellow State Senators to speak with, and listen to the concerns of citizens on events shaping this 2019 Legislative Session. The breakfast was held and hosted by Hillcrest Grand Lodge and the Sarpy County Chamber of Commerce. A big thank you to Hillcrest and the Sarpy Chamber for the invitation.

L-R Senator Blood, Senator Crawford, Senator Clements, Senator La Grone and Senator Arch
Going Beyond That Which Divides Us – Day of Unity

Friends, please take a moment and review the information below. I’m hosting the ONLY showing of this movie in Nebraska. Go to this link and purchase your tickets TODAY to learn more about this movie and the “Listen First ” movement.

It’s a small theater and there are only 60 seats left. An individual ticket is only $13.38 each. The event will be held at Village Pointe Cinema located at 304 N. 174th St on June 12th @ 6:30 p.m ONLY! 
You MUST order your tickets in advance. After the movie, we will have a live discussion from Washington DC with other participants across the US on this ONE DAY ONLY nationwide screening of the film. We will have handout materials after the film. NOTE: Fun fact, a woman from Norfolk, Nebraska was one of the travelers.
About the film:
Seeking to build a bridge of mutual understanding and friendship, a Canadian-Egyptian entrepreneur living in Switzerland decides to reach out to the very people who fear him. He travels across the United States to find Americans concerned about an Islamic threat and makes them an intriguing offer: a Free Trip to Egypt. Seeking to build a bridge of mutual understanding and friendship, a Canadian-Egyptian entrepreneur living in Switzerland decides to reach out to the very people who fear him. He travels across the United States to find Americans concerned about an Islamic threat and makes them an intriguing offer: a Free Trip to Egypt.

Peace Officers Memorial Day 2019 at the Capitol
On Wednesday, May 15th, the Governor announced that all U.S. and Nebraska flags were to flown at half-staff to honor fallen peace officers during Peace Officers Memorial Day. Flags were flown at half-staff until sunset. During this past week, visitors to the first floor rotunda were able to view a beautiful memorial display to honor the fallen.

Breaking Flood Assistance News

The deadline for government entities to submit a request for public assistance (RPA) has been extended to June 20. Officials can submit an RPA via the Grants Portal. Call 402-429-3389 if you have not received an email for the Grants Portal. http://ow.ly/6XTc50ug5WN #nebraskaflood

FEMA just extended the deadline for affected Nebraska residents to for disaster assistance. Don”t wait to apply!
To Apply: go to DisasterAssistance.gov or Call FEMA at 800-621-3362; (call 800-462-7585 TTY)   
Hours: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. CDT seven days a week

Dodge and Sarpy Counties Disaster Centers Will Transition to Disaster Loan Outreach Centers

The Disaster Recovery Centers in Fremont and Bellevue, operated by the State of Nebraska and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), will close at 6 p.m. May 17, and reopen Monday, May 20, as Disaster Loan Outreach Centers operated by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

The Sarpy County location will remain at:
3802 Raynor Parkway, (Suite 201) – Bellevue, NE 68123
Open Monday-Friday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m

The Dodge County Center location will reopen at:
Fremont City Auditorium – Community Room
925 N Broad Street – Fremont, NE 68025
Open Monday-Friday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m

SBA customer service representatives will be available at the centers to meet individually with business, homeowners and renters to answer their questions, explain SBA’s disaster loan program, help complete applications and close approved loans.

Applicants may apply online using SBA’s secure website at:  disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

For questions or information, visit sba.gov/disaster. Help is also available by sending an email to: disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or contacting the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955.

Help following a Disaster Recovery Center Closure 
After a Disaster Recovery Center closes, survivors can still get help by contacting FEMA in these ways:
• By phone, call FEMA’s toll-free registration line at 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585 (TTY).
• Online, visit DisasterAssistance.gov.
• On a smart phone, download the FEMA app and click on “disaster resources,” then “apply for assistance online.”

For more information on Nebraska disaster recovery, visit: fema.gov/disaster/4420.

             The Nebraska Family HELPLINE

One phone call can connect Nebraska families to the help they need when dealing with a child’s behavioral health problem. 1-888-866-8660 is staffed with trained counselors who are able to handle any problem, any time.
Learn more here.
NOTE: Hearing & Speech-impaired callers may utilize telecommunications relay services by calling 7-1-1 or through your own personal relay service.
#TeamBlood #HelpisHere

Governor Announces New Round of 
Board and Commission Openings

Public participation in government is at the heart of democracy, I encourage those who have a desire to shape policy, to be involved and give something back to our communities, would like to donate ones professional skills or would like to fulfill their civic responsibility to consider serving.

The full list, including past unfilled positions, as well as new openings for July to December 2019 can be found on Governor Ricketts’ website Here.  Applying for one of these positions is easier than ever as it can be done online, printed and mailed or a PDF version of the application can be downloaded, filled out and emailed.

For additional information please contact Dee in my office at 402-471-2627 or via email at daustin@leg.ne.gov 

MEET OUR TEAM

Dee Austin-Administrative Aide
Senator Carol Blood, District 3
Oliver VanDervoort-Legislative Aide

We are here to serve the residents of District 3 and we are happy to respond to any questions or concerns you may have.
Did you know that there is a long list of items available for free to the public relating to the Nebraska Legislature? Here is a list of only a few that you might find interesting. If you are receiving this email digitally, you should be able to link to the information from your newsletter.
For hard copies of these documents, please call my office at 402-471-2627 and we will be happy to place one in the mail to your home address.

Nebraska State Senator Carol Blood who represents District 3 encourages Sarpy county residents to pursue appointment to any of the dozens of openings on the Governor’s Board and Commission Openings list.

 

“Public participation in government is at the heart of democracy, stated Senator Blood.” “I encourage those who have a desire to shape policy, to be involved and give something back to our communities, would like to donate ones professional skills or would like to fulfill their civic responsibility to consider serving.”

 

The full list, including past unfilled positions, as well as new openings for July to December 2019 can be found on Governor Ricketts’ website at https://governor.nebraska.gov/board-comm-req.
Applying for one of these positions is easier than ever as it can be done online, printed and mailed or a PDF version of the application can be downloaded, filled out and emailed.

 

For additional information, please contact Senator Carol Blood’s office at 402-471-2627 or via email at cblood@leg.ne.gov.

Don’t Forget, the Deadline to Register for the Youth Unicameral is Wednesday, May 15th! 
More information below… 

SINCE LAST WEEK…
Two more of my bills have officially become law. LB6 makes it so that dependents of active duty military members who are accepted into Nebraska colleges won’t have to worry about paying out-of-state tuition fees if their family is deployed to another state before they can officially enroll. LB138 creates new honor plates and a “Support Our Troops” license plate. The money from LB138 will go into a fund created by this bill that will be used to recruit/retain retiring military in hopes of keeping this highly skilled workforce here in Nebraska.

LB690 aims at safe births for all women
I was proud to be able to be one of the cosponsors for Senator Cavanaugh’s LB690 this week. The bill makes it so that pregnant women who are incarcerated in our prison system cannot be shackled while they are giving birth.

There is an exception allowed if officials believe she will be a danger to those around. There are few in the legislature that know the dangers people encounter on a daily basis when working in a prison but shackling women when they are giving birth can be quite dangerous for the inmate and the soon to be arriving child. This is common sense legislation that passed through general file this week with 43 “yay” votes and no opposition.

First round of the state budget advances

One of the most important things we are tasked with as State Senators is to come up with and pass the budget. As you may know, we are constitutionally required to have a balanced budget, and Nebraska is one of the only states where that is the case.

On Wednesday, LBs 294, 295, 296, 297, 298, and 299 came to the floor for the first time this year. After several hours of discussion, they all advanced to select file. These bills are incredibly comprehensive as they deal with making sure that state employees are paid, that funding for various infrastructure projects are funded, and the first steps towards getting real, tangible property tax relief are taken.

On the idea of property tax relief, the legislature is still going to have to hammer out some of the details, but it does appear there will be some coming in the very near future. How much and in what form is still going to take some tweaks and more debate but I will fight to get as much as is feasible when working under the budget constraints the state finds itself in.

A Budget to Love or Hate
The proposed Appropriations Committee Budget Report is available online for you to view, see underlined link. If you find areas of concern or have questions, feel free to send them to me at cblood@leg.ne.gov or call my office and speak with my Legislative Aide, Oliver. I’m available to speak over the lunch hour as well, or we can set up a phone appointment. Happy reading…

Filling in for Senator Howard
On Friday morning, I was honored to fill in for my good friend, Senator Sarah Howard in presenting her LB248 on the floor.

Speaking of common sense legislation, this bill changes all references in state statute from “hearing impaired” to “deaf or hard of hearing.” Being deaf is not an “impairment” and the way these people are referred to in law can have an impact on perception. I’m proud to be a cosponsor on this.

On a sad note, the reason I was asked to present the bill for Senator Howard is because her father-in-law passed away earlier this week and his funeral was on Friday. My prayers and good wishes go out to Senator Howard and her family during this difficult time for them.

Military Spouse Appreciation Day
Military Spouse Appreciation Day is May 10 this year and is set to be celebrated the Friday before Mother’s Day every year.


People forget that the spouses and family members of active duty military personnel also serve. This is a way to honor the fact that they also have to pick up and move on short notice when a soldier is deployed to another state or country. They also have the added stress of watching their loved ones go off to fight. The day celebrates important contributions, support, and sacrifices of military spouses in the middle of Military Appreciation Month which is every May.

A Week of Appreciation

This past week gave us the opportunity to honor two extraordinary groups of American workers as we celebrated National Nurses Week along with National Teachers Week. It is only fitting that these two go hand-in-hand as they truly change lives, and play vital roles in our communities. From patient and student care, to advocacy and innovation, they are there to help us learn and live healthier every day. Thank you ALL for all you do to make our lives better!

A special shout out to one of my favorite teachers, Mr. Gould. Mr. Gould taught me Drama, English and Debate at Adams Central High in Hastings. Mr. Gould, or Charlie as many know him now, is retired and lives in Omaha. Thank you Mr. Gould for the great start you helped give me, especially in the art of Debate.

Spring at the State Capitol

More great visits from District 3 Schools this week!

Bell Elementary 

A visit by fourth graders from Bell Elementary inclued a student whose poster was recognized by Governor Ricketts during a recent ceremony at the Capitol. The Governor presented awards to winners of the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency’s (Nema) Severe Weather Awareness Poster Contest. The poster by Jack Baarson of Papillion, (photo below) was chosen as top prize. Jack was unable to join his mother during the Capitol ceremony in March, so we took the opportunity of his class visit to finally meet.

NEMA Poster winner Jack Baarson of Papillion 

Golden Hills Elementary
Monday found the Legislature in Recess, me in Iowa to meet our newest Grandson, Samuel, and my Administrative Assistant speaking with fourth graders from Golden Hills Elementary in Bellevue. I have it on good authority these students knew the three branches of Government and all about the Unicameral.

     L-R: Dee Austin and Golden Hills fourth grade students 

I am always honored to speak with students as they visit our beautiful Capitol and busy Legislature. Thank you District 3 schools for always being great sports and so well informed!

                              The Nebraska Family HELPLINE

One phone call can connect Nebraska families to the help they need when dealing with a child’s behavioral health problem. 1-888-866-8660 is staffed with trained counselors who are able to handle any problem, any time. Learn more here.
NOTE: Hearing & Speech-impaired callers may utilize telecommunications relay services by calling 7-1-1 or through your own personal relay service.
#TeamBlood #HelpisHere

Nebraska Medicine and the Greater Bellevue Area Chamber of Commerce Presents The Bellevue Offutt Runway Run 2019
Nebraska Medicine, The Greater Bellevue Area Chamber of Commerce and Offutt Air Force Base are proud to present the annual Runway Run which includes a 5K (3.1 mile) run including the runway.
Please join in celebrating our Air Force while promoting a healthy lifestyle.
Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019
Check-in Time: Begins 6:00 am
5 K Race Begins: 7:00 am – Route Sweep 9:00 am
Starting Point: Run begins & ends at the Bellevue Public Schools Lied Activity Center – 2600 Arboretum Dr. (Intersection of Fort Crook Road and Hwy 370)
Registration Fees:
On/before April 18 – $25.00 (free shirt)
After April 18 – $30.00 (no shirt)
On-site Registrations: $40 – 5:45 am to 6:30 am (no shirt)
Register Here
Contact: Lisa Wilson 402-452-3901
Email: lisa@bellevuenebraska.com
More Information Here

Deadline to Apply is May 15th!

RESERVE YOUR SEAT SOON FOR YOUTH UNICAMERAL!  
The Unicameral Youth Legislature convenes June 9-12, 2019, and is open to all high school students. Registration includes lodging, meals (including lunch at the Governor’s Residence) and transportation from UNL’s East Campus to the State Capitol. The deadline to enter is May 15. The Greg Adams Civic Scholarship covers the full cost of admission. Applicants must submit a short essay. Other scholarships are also available – for more information, visit here.

APPLY FOR A BOARD OR COMMISSION

It’s that time of year again when there are all kinds of boards and commissions in the state that are looking for dedicated citizens to serve. These positions are appointed by the governor and range in topics from Juvenile Justice to Geology. 
If this sounds like something you might be interested in, please visit to the Governor’s website here. You will be able to find a listing of every board that has an opening, as well as a brief synopsis of what is involved. You can also find an application here. Our state is a better place to live and raise our families when our citizens step up and get involved.
We are here to serve the residents of District 3 and we are happy to respond to any questions or concerns you may have.
Did you know that there is a long list of items available for free to the public relating to the Nebraska Legislature? Here is a list of only a few that you might find interesting. If you are receiving this email digitally, you should be able to link to the information from your newsletter.
For hard copies of these documents, please call my office at 402-471-2627 and we will be happy to place one in the mail to your home address.
SINCE LAST WEEK…
On the legislature floor, two of my bills were sent to the governor’s desk. LB6 passed on final reading meaning that very soon, dependents of active duty military members who are accepted into Nebraska colleges won’t have to worry about paying out of state tuition fees if their family is deployed before they can officially enroll. Also LB138 which creates new honor plates and a “Support Our Troops” license plate. The funds from LB138 will go into a fund also created by this bill that will be used to recruit/retain retiring military in hopes of keeping this highly skilled workforce here in Nebraska.

The Capitol Falcon and her Chicks
You might have heard about the falcons that have long made their home on the state capitol. The building has a camera and (admittedly low definition) television in the center of the first floor that constantly monitors their condition and what’s going on up there. These days, she’s spending quite a bit of time in the nest and it’s rumored this new mama recently hatched four chicks!


Photo compliments of Nebraska Game and Parks
If you would like to follow the progress of Ms. Falcon and her Chicks from home or work, go to here to view Game and Park’s Peregrine FalconCam.

The PSYPACT goes live

The PSYPACT is finally fully operational. Nebraska became the fifth state to join the Psychologists Pact in 2018 with my LB686 that was eventually folded into the bigger Health and Human Services Committee Priority Bill. In order to actually take effect, the Pact needed seven states to join. Last Tuesday, Georgia became that seventh state and next January, Illinois will become number eight.

That means that licensed Psychologists from Arizona, Utah, Nevada, Colorado, and Georgia will be able to practice in Nebraska without having to go through the lengthy process of getting licensed and tested in this state. Likewise, psychologists from Nebraska will be able to travel to those other six states and lend a hand without needing to get an extra license in those locations.

The goal of legislation like this is to make sure that there is a standardized, high level of care across state lines. It’s also geared towards allowing remote areas that might be otherwise underserved by mental health experts to receive better care and attention. through telemedicine.

This is also something that can be a real help to active duty military families. Should they be in one of these other states and then deployed in Nebraska, a military spouse that is a licensed psychologist will be able to start practicing and working that much quicker. The PSYPACT being fully operational is very good news and I expect more states to start joining much quicker now that it’s active.

School Visit Season at the Capitol

Spring is in full bloom at the Capitol and most days you will find our halls filled with excited students from all across Nebraska.

A privilege that comes with being a State Senator in Nebraska, is the opportunity to talk with those students who visit from schools in our Districts. This past week gave me the honor of speaking with a large group of fourth graders from Chandler View Elementary in Bellevue.

Accompanying the fourth graders from Chandler View was their teacher, and my good friend, Debbie Cline. What a nice surprise!

A Kindness Agent
Following a hectic and at times emotion-filled week in the Legislature, this beautiful orchid was delivered to our office along with a very kind note. The note thanked me for standing up for the women of Nebraska. It is always my pleasure and my duty to represent my district, and all of Nebraska. We are in this together and I am so grateful for this gift.

The Nebraska Family HELPLINE

One phone call can connect Nebraska families to the help they need when dealing with a child’s behavioral health problem. 1-888-866-8660 is staffed with trained counselors who are able to handle any problem, any time. Learn more here.
NOTE: Hearing & Speech-impaired callers may utilize telecommunications relay services by calling 7-1-1 or through your own personal relay service.
 #TeamBlood #HelpisHere

Nebraska Medicine and the Greater Bellevue Area Chamber of Commerce Presents The Bellevue Offutt Runway Run 2019
Nebraska Medicine, The Greater Bellevue Area Chamber of Commerce and Offutt Air Force Base are proud to present the annual Runway Run which includes a 5K (3.1 mile) run including the runway.
Please join in celebrating our Air Force while promoting a healthy lifestyle.
Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019
Check-in Time: Begins 6:00 am
5 K Race Begins: 7:00 am – Route Sweep 9:00 am
Starting Point: Run begins & ends at the Bellevue Public Schools Lied Activity Center – 2600 Arboretum Dr. (Intersection of Fort Crook Road and Hwy 370)
Registration Fees:
On/before April 18 – $25.00 (free shirt)
After April 18 – $30.00 (no shirt)
On-site Registrations: $40 – 5:45 am to 6:30 am (no shirt)
Register Here
Contact: Lisa Wilson 402-452-3901
Email: lisa@bellevuenebraska.com
More Information Here

Deadline to Apply is May 15th!

RESERVE YOUR SEAT SOON FOR YOUTH UNICAMERAL!  
The Unicameral Youth Legislature convenes June 9-12, 2019, and is open to all high school students. Registration includes lodging, meals (including lunch at the Governor’s Residence) and transportation from UNL’s East Campus to the State Capitol. The deadline to enter is May 15. The Greg Adams Civic Scholarship covers the full cost of admission. Applicants must submit a short essay. Other scholarships are also available – for more information, visit here.

APPLY FOR A BOARD OR COMMISSION

It’s that time of year again when there are all kinds of boards and commissions in the state that are looking for dedicated citizens to serve. These positions are appointed by the governor and range in topics from Juvenile Justice to Geology. 
If this sounds like something you might be interested in, please visit to the Governor’s website here. You will be able to find a listing of every board that has an opening, as well as a brief synopsis of what is involved. You can also find an application here. Our state is a better place to live and raise our families when our citizens step up and get involved.
We are here to serve the residents of District 3 and we are happy to respond to any questions or concerns you may have.
Did you know that there is a long list of items available for free to the public relating to the Nebraska Legislature? Here is a list of only a few that you might find interesting. If you are receiving this email digitally, you should be able to link to the information from your newsletter.
For hard copies of these documents, please call my office at 402-471-2627 and we will be happy to place one in the mail to your home address.
SINCE LAST WEEK… 

When it comes to my bills this year, they just keep moving right along. LB6 went from select file to final reading earlier this week. The bill allows military dependents that were accepted to a Nebraska college but then had to subsequently move out of the state with their family can still enroll at the college using in-state tuition rates. This is yet another part of the effort to make sure that Nebraska is getting graded as “Military Friendly”.

On that note, I also supported a bill brought by Senator Lindstrom that will go a long way towards protecting Offutt and the surrounding area, including the Papillion Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant and another approximately 6,000 acres of land. LB177 advanced to Select file after a prolonged debate that required cloture and I believe it required cloture because there is a misunderstanding of what the NRD does and has been doing.

The bill extends the bonding authority of local NRDs from the end of this year, until December of 2024. By doing this we are continuing to allow the NRDs to do exactly what they are supposed to be doing, without having to overcome unnecessary hurdles.

The NRDs have been working tirelessly for almost eight years to make sure that the Missouri River Levee System R-613 & R-616 are repaired and rehabilitated. That’s the levee I referenced earlier, and it’s one that is vital to keeping the economy in Nebraska humming. It’s also a project that began so long ago, the initial $25 million estimate is out of date. Foot-dragging and some unforeseen problems have popped up during the nearly decade long project.

By extending the bonding authority, we are going to be saving taxpayers money. Effective flood control infrastructure saves taxpayer money in the future, not to mention protecting area homes and businesses.

The NRD works hard, they make the most of the funds they have and it only makes sense to expand their bonding authority to the point where they can safely complete the levee project and others that might arise.

Keeping Our Unicameral Non-Partisan
Many of you have reached out to me this week about my comments on the floor regarding the importance of keeping our body moving forward in a non-partisan fashion. I am not afraid to share my views when it comes to protecting this noble institution.

In order to serve the public to the best of our ability, we must stand up and speak when party politics enters our doors to try and influence Nebraska Senators, or when there are attempts to discredit those serving in opposing parties by spinning the truth or being outright cruel.

The bottom line is that Nebraska has a unique system that has worked well for decades. This isn’t Washington DC and our job is to get things done in a timely fashion, not play party politics with filibusters and bad behavior. We must rise above those shenanigans and stay focused on what is important…serving the residents of Nebraska.

Sarpy County EARTH DAY 
SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 12 – 4 PM

For more information go HERE


Prescription Drug Take Back Day is

Saturday, April 27
The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. 6 MILLION Americans misused controlled prescription drugs according to a 2017 National Survey. The study revealed that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from a home medicine cabinet. More Information
School Visit Season at the Capitol
Spring is in full bloom at the Capitol, as most days we find our halls filled with excited students from all over the state. This past Wednesday, I was excited to speak with a group of happy Papillion/LaVIsta 4th graders and their teachers, from Anderson Grove Elementary. These students were well prepared they answered each question asked them, correctly. I am quite positive I saw more than one future Senator in this group.

Today is Arbor Day in Nebraska
National Arbor Day is celebrated every year on the last Friday in April; it is a civic holiday in Nebraska. Other states have selected their own dates to celebrate. The customary observance is to plant a tree.  On the first Arbor Day, April 10, 1872, an estimated one million trees were planted. We should do that again!

Nebraska Association of School Boards Luncheon
Last Thursday, staff from my office met with school board members and administrators from districts across Nebraska at the NASB luncheon and discussion on the current Legislative session, advocacy efforts led by local school board members, and the chance to meet with their Senator(s). It’s always great to meet administration from the Bellevue Public School System.
April is National Safe Digging Month! 
NEBRASKA 811 Safe Digging 
“Know what’s below, Call before you dig”
To find more information about services provided by Nebraska 811 go here
Before you dig, please call 800-331-5666 or 811.
The Nebraska Family HELPLINE
One phone call can connect Nebraska families to the help they need when dealing with a child’s behavioral health problem. 1-888-866-8660 is staffed with trained counselors who are able to handle any problem, any time. Learn more here.
NOTE: Hearing & Speech-impaired callers may utilize telecommunications relay services by calling 7-1-1 or through your own personal relay service.
 #TeamBlood #HelpisHere

Nebraska Medicine and the Greater Bellevue Area Chamber of Commerce Presents
 The Bellevue Offutt Runway Run 2019
Nebraska Medicine, The Greater Bellevue Area Chamber of Commerce and Offutt Air Force Base are proud to present the annual Runway Run which includes a 5K (3.1 mile) run including the runway.
Please join in celebrating our Air Force while promoting a healthy lifestyle.
Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019
Check-in Time: Begins 6:00 am
5 K Race Begins: 7:00 am – Route Sweep 9:00 am
Starting Point: Run begins & ends at the Bellevue Public Schools Lied Activity Center – 2600 Arboretum Dr. (Intersection of Fort Crook Road and Hwy 370)
Registration Fees:
On/before April 18 – $25.00 (free shirt)
After April 18 – $30.00 (no shirt)
On-site Registrations: $40 – 5:45 am to 6:30 am (no shirt)
Register Here
Contact: Lisa Wilson 402-452-3901
Email: lisa@bellevuenebraska.com
More Information Here

Deadline to Apply is May 15th!
RESERVE YOUR SEAT SOON FOR YOUTH UNICAMERAL!  
The Unicameral Youth Legislature convenes June 9-12, 2019, and is open to all high school students. Registration includes lodging, meals (including lunch at the Governor’s Residence) and transportation from UNL’s East Campus to the State Capitol. The deadline to enter is May 15. The Greg Adams Civic Scholarship covers the full cost of admission. Applicants must submit a short essay. Other scholarships are also available – for more information, visit here.

APPLY FOR A BOARD OR COMMISSION

It’s that time of year again when there are all kinds of boards and commissions in the state that are looking for dedicated citizens to serve. These positions are appointed by the governor and range in topics from Juvenile Justice to Geology. 
If this sounds like something you might be interested in, please visit to the Governor’s website here. You will be able to find a listing of every board that has an opening, as well as a brief synopsis of what is involved. You can also find an application here. Our state is a better place to live and raise our families when our citizens step up and get involved.
We are here to serve the residents of District 3 and we are happy to respond to any questions or concerns you may have.
SINCE LAST WEEK… 

Photo Credit: Lance Corporal Vincent White, U.S. Marine Corps
LB 138 passed through General File this past Monday morning. This bill adds 5 new honor plates for those who served and earned the Iraq, Afghanistan, Southwest Asia, or Vietnam War Campaign Medals, or earned the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.  Also included in the bill, is a new plate for those who have not served, but wish to show support for our military – this plate will sport the phrase “Support Our Troops.” Funds from the support plates go to the Veterans Employment Fund and will be used to recruit and retain the highly qualified workforce we hope will stay or come to Nebraska and participate in our economy. Many thanks to the 37 Senators who voted “Aye” to move the bill forward!
UNL Undergraduates Bring Research
and Creative Projects to the Legislature


R-L: Douglas DeBose, Jacob Scheele, Nichole Brady and Brook Mott

University of Nebraska
Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol 

UNL Undergraduate Research Day was held at the Capitol this past week. Staff from my office were honored to attend a breakfast at which 25 student research teams from across Nebraska presented research or creative projects they conducted under the guidance of faculty mentors. It was an excellent opportunity to learn more about some of the critical research activities taking place at University of Nebraska campuses, and how UNL UCARE helps shape the next generation of researchers, scientists, engineers and artists. Following presentations, the students enjoyed a visit to the Legislature and a tour of the Capitol. All 25 posters were put on display in the 1st Floor Rotunda.
Mayor Kindig and his Youth Leadership Council
On Monday, Mayor Kindig brought the Youth Council to Lincoln where I had the distinct honor of speaking with them about their Nebraska Legislature, why I decided to run for and serve in public office, and why it’s important for all of them, especially the young women, to consider a career in public service… maybe even in the Nebraska State Legislature.
Started by LaVista Mayor Douglas Kindig, the Youth Leadership Council is a program designed to encourage middle and high school students to become active in their community by participating in in local government. Students selected to the Council attend City Council, Board and Commission meetings where they see first-hand the process in action, and offer a young persons perspective on issues of local concern. If you know a LaVista teen who might be interested in being a part of Mayor Kindig’s Youth Leadership Council, please go here for more information.
Former Senators Visit the Legislature
Just before recess on Wednesday, we were visited by those who came before us. Former Senators from across the years and miles of our great state shook hands and chatted with friends and former colleagues. It was an honor to see them all!
April is National Safe Digging Month! 
NEBRASKA 811 Safe Digging 
“Know what’s below, Call before you dig”
To find more information about services provided by Nebraska 811 go here
Before you dig, please call 800-331-5666 or 811.
The Nebraska Family HELPLINE
One phone call can connect Nebraska families to the help they need when dealing with a child’s behavioral health problem. 1-888-866-8660 is staffed with trained counselors who are able to handle any problem, any time. Learn more here.
NOTE: Hearing & Speech-impaired callers may utilize telecommunications relay services by calling 7-1-1 or through your own personal relay service.
#TeamBlood #HelpisHere

Nebraska Medicine and the Greater Bellevue Area Chamber of Commerce Presents The Bellevue Offutt Runway Run 2019
Nebraska Medicine, The Greater Bellevue Area Chamber of Commerce and Offutt Air Force Base are proud to present the annual Runway Run which includes a 5K (3.1 mile) run including the runway.


Please join in celebrating our Air Force while promoting a healthy lifestyle.
Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019
Check-in Time: Begins 6:00 am
5 K Race Begins: 7:00 am – Route Sweep 9:00 am
Starting Point: Run begins & ends at the Bellevue Public Schools Lied Activity Center – 2600 Arboretum Dr. (Intersection of Fort Crook Road and Hwy 370)
Registration Fees:
On/before April 18 – $25.00 (free shirt)
After April 18 – $30.00 (no shirt)
On-site Registrations: $40 – 5:45 am to 6:30 am (no shirt)
Register Here
Contact: Lisa Wilson 402-452-3901
Email: lisa@bellevuenebraska.com
More Information Here

RESERVE YOUR SEAT SOON FOR YOUTH UNICAMERAL!  

The Unicameral Youth Legislature convenes June 9-12, 2019, and is open to all high school students. Registration includes lodging, meals (including lunch at the Governor’s Residence) and transportation from UNL’s East Campus to the State Capitol. The deadline to enter is May 15. The Greg Adams Civic Scholarship covers the full cost of admission. Applicants must submit a short essay. Other scholarships are also available – for more information, visit here.
APPLY FOR A BOARD OR COMMISSION
It’s that time of year again when there are all kinds of boards and commissions in the state that are looking for dedicated citizens to serve. These positions are appointed by the governor and range in topics from Juvenile Justice to Geology. 
If this sounds like something you might be interested in, please visit to the Governor’s website here. You will be able to find a listing of every board that has an opening, as well as a brief synopsis of what is involved. You can also find an application here. Our state is a better place to live and raise our families when our citizens step up and get involved.
MEET OUR INTERNS!
  Moriah Locklear
Our office has had the good fortune of having two very talented interns working with us this session. Moriah Locklear is a Ph.D. candidate at UNL and will be graduating in May of 2020, having already gotten her undergraduate degree from Ohio State. Moriah would like to pursue a career working in policy at the federal level after graduating from Nebraska. Since coming to my office, she’s been an invaluable asset when it comes to researching topics we brought this year and will be bringing next session.

  Ryan O’Grady
Ryan is a lifelong resident of Bellevue and a 2015 graduate of Bellevue East High School. He attended the University of Nebraska – Lincoln from 2015-2018, where he studied Secondary Education in the College of Education and Human Sciences. During the summers from 2014 to 2016, Ryan worked with ISEC Summer School students for the Bellevue Public School System. Family and pets aside, Ryan is most passionate about education and politics.

We are grateful to have both Moriah and Ryan as part of Team Blood!
We are here to serve the residents of District 3 and we are happy to respond to any questions or concerns you may have.
Did you know that there is a long list of items available for free to the public relating to the Nebraska Legislature? Here is a list of only a few that you might find interesting. If you are receiving this email digitally, you should be able to link to the information from your newsletter.
1. Unicameral Update
2. About the Legislature
3. Unicam Kids
4. Inside Our Nation’s Only Unicameral
5. Poster of Nebraska Senators
6. Membership & Committees Card
7. Lines of Government

For hard copies of these documents, please call my office at 402-471-2627 and we will be happy to place one in the mail to your home address.

Legislative Update, April 12
April 12th, 2019
SINCE LAST WEEK… 

It was a good week for two of my bills that will help Nebraska’s Military Families. LB6 allows for dependents of active duty military members who are accepted into a Nebraska college but then assigned to another state, to continue to receive in-state tuition and has made it through the first round of voting. This bill is one of ten priorities shared by the Department of Defense Military Community & Family Policy Office. Meeting these particular priorities will go a long way to helping Nebraska gain a “Military Friendly” designation. Our office will continue to work on this cause as Offutt Air Force Base is Nebraska’s #1 employer, not to mention that we want all Military Families to feel welcome in our great state.. We do not expect the bill to have any issues as we get closer to a final reading.

LB15, my hearing aid bill has moved onto the next phase, as it was advanced through select file this week. We also started the debate on LB138 on Thursday and will pick it up again on Monday. While the bill will create a couple of new license plates, including one that will honor Vietnam veterans, and a Support Our Troops plate, the real benefit is the fund that will be started from the proceeds of these plates that will be used to recruit veterans to stay in Nebraska and come to Nebraska when their tours are over. We have to stop the brain drain going on right now and this bill will help do that.

MEET OUR INTERNS!


Moriah Locklear
Our office has had the good fortune of having two very talented interns working with us this session. Moriah Locklear is a Ph.D. candidate at UNL and will be graduating in May of 2020, having already gotten her undergraduate degree from Ohio State. Moriah would like to pursue a career working in policy at the federal level after graduating from Nebraska. Since coming to my office, she’s been an invaluable asset when it comes to researching topics we brought this year and will be bringing next session.


    Ryan O’Grady
Another recent addition to our office is intern, Ryan O’Grady. Ryan is a lifelong resident of Bellevue and a 2015 graduate of Bellevue East High School. He attended the University of Nebraska – Lincoln from 2015-2018, where he studied Secondary Education in the College of Education and Human Sciences. During the summers from 2014 to 2016, Ryan worked with ISEC Summer School students for the Bellevue Public School System. Family and pets aside, Ryan is most passionate about education and politics. We are grateful to have both Moriah and Ryan as part of Team Blood!

The Volunteers of Lady’s Day Out
Lady’s Day Out at Silver Ridge Assisted Living 
Silver Ridge Assisted Living in Gretna was the setting for friends from Bellevue, Gretna, Millard, Omaha, and Papillion, to gather and give the women of Silver Ridge the gift of a manicure and conversation. There were smiles all around as these volunteers took time out of their busy Sundays to share with new friends. This is an ongoing project I began last year, and if you would like to join us in volunteering, please call our office at 402-471-2627. Volunteers only need bring their smiles and a willing heart to serve others.

April is National Save Digging Month! 
NEBRASKA 811 Safe Digging Poster Contest
On Monday April 8th I was excited to help welcome Safe Digging Poster Contest winners to the Capitol. One of the 12 winners from schools across Nebraska was Myla Aiello-Valenzuela, a fourth-grade student from Peter Sarpy Elementary in Bellevue. Myla and her father didn’t come to the Capitol alone, they brought along Myla’s teacher, Ms. Jennifer Huff, and her entire class. Following a short ceremony, the happy fourth graders received a world-class tour of the state capitol.  The winning posters from all 12 schools were on display in the main floor rotunda. Each school with a winning poster will receive an educational presentation by staff of Nebraska 811, a plaque, a bench for the school yard, and a new tree planted on school grounds. The day scheduled for the Peter Sarpy Elementary presentation and planting, is April 24th.

Congratulations to Myla, Ms. Huff, and the students of Peter Sarpy Elementary!

The Winning Poster by Myla Aiello-Valenzuela

“Know what’s below, Call before you dig”
To find more information about service provided by Nebraska 811 go here.  Before you dig, please call 800-331-5666 or 811.
Ms. Jennifer Huff’s fourth grade Peter Sarpy Elementary class. (Front row center is artist Myla Aiello-Valenzuela) 


LINEWORKER APPRECIATION DAY! 

Did you know that April 8th was also Lineworker Appreciation Day at the State Capitol? A Lineworker is a tradesperson who constructs and maintains electric power transmission lines, telecommunications lines and distribution lines. Their work is generally done outside and up high. On-the-job training to become a lineworker is available through IBEW-NECA Electrical Training Alliance or from employers. Besides working in a variety of weather conditions, electrical line workers have a physically demanding job that requires lifting, climbing poles and the trenching of underground cables. Lineworkers from across the state of Nebraska traveled to the Capitol to be honored by Governor Ricketts and with a display in the main floor rotunda by the welcome kiosk.
We have proudly checked #10 of the 10 Key Personnel and Readiness Issues Supporting Service Members and Families List as we moved LB6 (In-State Tuition Continuity) through General File on Wednesday. I am grateful to my peers in the Legislature for supporting this cause and to the the Military Community and  Family Policy Office at the Department of Defense (DOD) for their guidance. Onward and Upward!!! #TeamBlood
One phone call can connect Nebraska families to the help they need when dealing with a child’s behavioral health problem. 1-888-866-8660 is staffed with trained counselors who are able to handle any problem, any time. Learn more here.
NOTE: Hearing & Speech-impaired callers may utilize telecommunications relay services by calling 7-1-1 or through your own personal relay service.
#TeamBlood #HelpisHere

Nebraska Medicine and the Greater Bellevue Area Chamber of Commerce Presents The Bellevue Offutt Runway Run 2019
Nebraska Medicine, The Greater Bellevue Area Chamber of Commerce and Offutt Air Force Base are proud to present the annual Runway Run which includes a 5K (3.1 mile) run including the runway.


Please join in celebrating our Air Force while promoting a healthy lifestyle.
Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019
Check-in Time: Begins 6:00 am
5 K Race Begins: 7:00 am – Route Sweep 9:00 am
Starting Point: Run begins & ends at the Bellevue Public Schools Lied Activity Center – 2600 Arboretum Dr. (Intersection of Fort Crook Road and Hwy 370)
Registration Fees:
On/before April 18 – $25.00 (free shirt)
After April 18 – $30.00 (no shirt)
On-site Registrations: $40 – 5:45 am to 6:30 am (no shirt)
Register Here
Contact: Lisa Wilson 402-452-3901
Email: lisa@bellevuenebraska.com
More Information Here

RESERVE YOUR SEAT SOON FOR YOUTH UNICAMERAL!  
The Unicameral Youth Legislature convenes June 9-12, 2019, and is open to all high school students. Registration includes lodging, meals (including lunch at the Governor’s Residence) and transportation from UNL’s East Campus to the State Capitol. The deadline to enter is May 15. The Greg Adams Civic Scholarship covers the full cost of admission. Applicants must submit a short essay. Other scholarships are also available – for more information, visit here.

APPLY FOR A BOARD OR COMMISSION
It’s that time of year again when there are all kinds of boards and commissions in the state that are looking for dedicated citizens to serve. These positions are appointed by the governor and range in topics from Juvenile Justice to Geology. 

If this sounds like something you might be interested in, please visit to the Governor’s website here. You will be able to find a listing of every board that has an opening, as well as a brief synopsis of what is involved. You can also find an application here. Our state is a better place to live and raise our families when our citizens step up and get involved.
We are here to serve the residents of District 3 and we are happy to respond to any questions or concerns you may have.
Did you know that there is a long list of items available for free to the public relating to the Nebraska Legislature? Here is a list of only a few that you might find interesting. If you are receiving this email digitally, you should be able to link to the information from your newsletter.
1. Unicameral Update
2. About the Legislature
3. Unicam Kids
4. Inside Our Nation’s Only Unicameral
5. Poster of Nebraska Senators
6. Membership & Committees Card
7. Lines of Government

For hard copies of these documents, please call my office at 402-471-2627 and we will be happy to place one in the mail to your home address.

 

Legislative Update, April 5
April 5th, 2019
Since Last Week… 

Full day debate started this past week, though the legislature felt like it was stuck in neutral for the first few days. Finally, on Wednesday afternoon we started moving through the agenda again. That included my bill, LB15, which moved through General File with a 39-0 vote from the body.

This is an important bill that will help the children of Nebraska in need of hearing aids, better able to afford them. Insurance coverage is vital to the health of a child, including the ability to hear. I’m thrilled that the bill has gotten through the first round of debate and seems headed for passage.

Nebraska Celebrates Public Health Week

Public Health Care was the topic of a two-day event sponsored by The Nebraska Association of Local Health Directors (NALHD), the Public Health Association of Nebraska (PHAN) along with Nebraska Appleseed. Speaking at a press conference to announce Public Health Week at the Capitol and National Public Health Week was David Humm, BS, MST, Health Promotion & Outreach Division Manger at Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (in photo above)  Among speakers at the Public Health Conference were health directors from across the state including Wisner and Fremont, who discussed their agencies’ responses to recent flooding and other health-related issues.

Nebraska Medicine and the Greater Bellevue Area Chamber of Commerce Presents The Bellevue Offutt Runway Run 2019

Nebraska Medicine, The Greater Bellevue Area Chamber of Commerce and Offutt Air Force Base are proud to present the annual Runway Run which includes a 5K (3.1 mile) run including the runway.


Please join in celebrating our Air Force while promoting a healthy lifestyle.
Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019
Check-in Time: Begins 6:00 am
5 K Race Begins: 7:00 am – Route Sweep 9:00 am
Starting Point: Run begins & ends at the Bellevue Public Schools Lied Activity Center – 2600 Arboretum Dr. (Intersection of Fort Crook Road and Hwy 370)
Registration Fees:
On/before April 18 – $25.00 (free shirt)
After April 18 – $30.00 (no shirt)
On-site Registrations: $40 – 5:45 am to 6:30 am (no shirt)
Register Here
Contact: Lisa Wilson 402-452-3901
Email: lisa@bellevuenebraska.com
More Information Here

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

On Thursday, April 4th, I stood shoulder-to-shoulder with fellow senators, survivors, activists and advocates to support Senator Machaela Cavanaugh as she announced April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Nebraska. The theme for this month is “I Ask” to emphasize the importance of positive consent and to help change the conversation around sexual assault and rape. Senator Cavanaugh introduced her proclamation to bring attention to the issue of sexual assault and to help assure the state will continue steps in the direction of prevention.
Hanging with some of my favorite Real Estate people at breakfast on Friday. The Nebraska Realtors have done a lot of good things for Nebraska. Keep up the great work!

RESERVE YOUR SEAT NOW! 
The Unicameral Youth Legislature convenes June 9-12, 2019, and is open to all high school students. Registration includes lodging, meals (including lunch at the Governor’s Residence) and transportation from UNL’s East Campus to the State Capitol. The deadline to enter is May 15. The Greg Adams Civic Scholarship covers the full cost of admission. Applicants must submit a short essay. Other scholarships are also available. For more information, visit here.

APPLY FOR A BOARD OR COMMISSION
It’s that time of year again when there are all kinds of boards and commissions in the state that are looking for dedicated citizens to serve. These positions are appointed by the governor and range in topics from Juvenile Justice to Geology. 

If this sounds like something you might be interested in, please visit to the Governor’s website here. You will be able to find a listing of every board that has an opening, as well as a brief synopsis of what is involved. You can also find an application here. Our state is a better place to live and raise our families when our citizens step up and get involved.
We are here to serve the residents of District 3 and we are happy to respond to any questions or concerns you may have.
Did you know that there is a long list of items available for free to the public relating to the Nebraska Legislature? Here is a list of only a few that you might find interesting. If you are receiving this email digitally, you should be able to link to the information from your newsletter.
1. Unicameral Update
2. About the Legislature
3. Unicam Kids
4. Inside Our Nation’s Only Unicameral
5. Poster of Nebraska Senators
6. Membership & Committees Card
7. Lines of Government

For hard copies of these documents, please call my office at 402-471-2627 and we will be happy to place one in the mail to your home address.

Legislative Update, March 29
March 29th, 2019
Since Last Week…
When we come back next week from our weekend, we will start having full day sessions. We still have many bills that need to be debated on the floor and it is my hope that our body continues to work together for the greater good of all Nebraskans. If you observe the legislature, you know that I’m not a big fan of shenanigans when we have a long list of work that needs to be accomplished. 

Bellevue’s St. Bernadette Catholic School Visits the Capitol 

I had a great visit this week with 4th graders from St. Bernadette School in Bellevue. We talked about what Senators do every day, the process we use to make laws and how it is important to remember that one person can and does make a difference should they choose to do so.
A Meeting of Great Minds

This week I invited other Nebraska Senators to meet with Brigadier General (Ret) Paul Cohen, Colonel (Ret.) Jeff Mikesell from the Omaha Chamber of Commerce (pictured above) and Colonel (Ret.) Dan Donovan from the Heartland Chapter of the Military Officer’s Association of America (MOAA) to discuss how we can continue to pool resources and work together as a body to make Nebraska the most welcoming state in the US to our Military Families and Veterans. There is always more to be done and we need to continue to move forward in this area.
More Bill News   
LB15 was on the agenda this week for debate in front of the full legislature, but time constraints didn’t allow us to get to it yet. I’m thankful that the speaker decided to make it one of his limited priority bills and am confident that we can get it passed next week. The children of Nebraska need to be able to get hearing aids if they need them and this bill will go a long way towards helping them do that.

Protect YOUR Good Life

From the Nebraska Attorney General – While compassion and support are customary in the aftermath of a natural disaster, some individuals and businesses may use this opportunity to prey on those in need. Before having repairs made to your damaged home, gather the best information you need to protect yourself.

  • Before allowing anyone to repair your home, verify his or her credentials.
  • Check with the Nebraska Department of Labor to find whether your contractor is properly registered and insured. You can check their website above, or call 402-471-2239. Never sign any document or pay any contractor before verifying license and registration.
  • Get three written estimates, make sure each contractor bids on exactly the same work. Talk with neighbors about who they are using and what they are being charged.
  • Negotiate a reasonable down payment, and only pay in full when the work is done to your satisfaction.
  • Pay by check or credit card and keep all receipts.
  • Write down the contractor’s vehicle information (make, model and license plate) even drivers license number, if possible.
  • Know your cancellation rights. You have the right to cancel within three days if you signed it at your home or at a contractor’s temporary location, like a convention center or restaurant.

Those who suspect a home improvement scam should contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Divisionat https://protectthegoodlife.nebraska.gov or 800-727-6432.

Have Your Voice Heard
As we get closer to the final third of the legislative session, I’m already beginning to work on what topics and what bills I want to bring next session. If there is something you feel we can, and should work on, please don’t hesitate to contact my office and talk to us about it. I always like to get an early start so we have plenty of time to research and perfect, the bills we bring forward. Now is the time to get started on the next session, please don’t wait until October or November to give your input. Seize the moment!

Unicameral Youth Legislature

If you know a high school student you think would be interested in taking on the role of a state senator at the Unicameral Youth Legislature this June 10-13, please have them call 402-471-2788, or visit here. Scholarships are available!  The deadline to register is May 15, 2019

APPLY FOR A BOARD OR COMMISSION
It’s that time of year again when there are all kinds of boards and commissions in the state that are looking for dedicated citizens to serve. These positions are appointed by the governor and range in topics from Juvenile Justice to Geology. 

If this sounds like something you might be interested in, please visit the Governor’s website here. You will be able to find a listing of every board that has an opening, as well as a brief synopsis of what is involved. You can also find an application here.  Our state is a better place to live and raise our families when our citizens step up and get involved.

MEET OUR TEAM
Dee Austin-Administrative Aide

Senator Carol Blood, District 3
Oliver VanDervoort-Legislative Aide

We are here to serve the residents of District 3 and we are happy to respond to any questions or concerns you may have.

Did you know that there is a long list of items available for free to the public relating to the Nebraska Legislature? Here is a list of only a few that you might find interesting. If you are receiving this email digitally, you should be able to link to the information from your newsletter.

1. Unicameral Update
2. About the Legislature
3. Unicam Kids
4. Inside Our Nation’s Only Unicameral
5. Poster of Nebraska Senators
6. Membership & Committees Card
7. Lines of Government

For hard copies of these documents, please call my office at 402-471-2627 and we will be happy to place one in the mail to your home address.

Since Last Week …
What a week in the Legislature, what a week in Nebraska.
As we wind our way to the end of public comment committee hearings, we see more clearly the path that lies ahead for the remainder of Session 2019 with the announcement of Senator, Committee and Speaker Priority Bills. Priority Bills are given priority status and generally considered ahead of other bills for debate. Each senator selects one priority bill, a committee gets two, and the Speaker may select up to 25 priority bills. For my Priority Bill, I have selected LB138 Provide for additional Military Honor Plates and Support our Troops Plates, as well as creating a specific fund that is designed to increase our efforts to recruit a highly skilled workforce to stay in Nebraska upon their retirement from the Military. Two of my bills have been designated Speaker Priorities, those are: LB6 and LB15LB6 – Changes residency provisions relating to persons on active duty and their dependents for college tuition purposes and will allow dependents of an active duty member of the military, who is assigned to duty out-of-state, but has been accepted to a college or university in Nebraska, to receive in-state tuition. This is important to our state and to the students who need an uninterrupted education process. The second, LB15 will provide health insurance coverage to children in need of hearing aids. I am thrilled that Speaker Scheer has chosen this as one of his Priorities, and grateful to have the support of so many of my fellow Senators in the way of co-sponsorship. Nebraska children are our future and we need to give them every chance at success. 
Flooding and Declarations of Disaster

Not news to Nebraskans is the record flooding our state has seen this past week, including Offutt Air Force Base.
A few reminders to keep you and yours safe:

  • Stay away from areas that are under evacuation orders
  • Do not drive or walk through moving flood waters
  • Avoid flood waters, toxins are most likely present
  • Heed road closure or other cautionary signage
  • If flood waters rise around your vehicle, abandon and move to higher ground.

NEMA Help
As recovery begins, knowing where to turn for information can be overwhelming. The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) website is continually updating information. You can access that information here.

NEMA has established a hotline for questions from those affected by flooding. That number is: (402) 556-2476

For information on debris clean-up, contact the Crisis Cleanup Hotline at (402) 556-2476.

Farmers who have lost machinery or livestock should report to the Farm Services Agency office. County office contact information can be found on the the agency’s website here.

Nebraska Strong
It’s not just a hashtag, it’s a way of life. Nebraskans and people though out the country are offering assistance. All donations  – monetary, goods and services, volunteers – are being coordinated through Nebraska 211. 
To access Nebraska 211 within Nebraska, Dial 211.
Outside of Nebraska, call (866) 813-1731.

Free Legal Help for Flood Victims

As individuals and communities respond to this emergency and begin the possible long road to recovery, it is very important to be aware of many common legal issues that may arise during or after a disaster.

Legal Aid of Nebraska’s Disaster Relief Project offers free legal assistance to victims of state-declared disasters, through a network of volunteer lawyers across Nebraska.

Victims may get free legal information on these issues at our website here.

The Nebraska Art Teacher’s Association presents Student Art on Display at the Capitol

Artists:
Top L-R:
Artist:  Julia Wight                        Artist: Daisy De Santiago
Grade: 10                                    Grade: 12
Title: East’s Garden                     Title: Watercolor World
School: Bellevue East High         School: Bellevue East

Bottom L-R
Artist: Alexandria Thompson        Artist: Peter Lauterbach
Grade: 12                                     Grade: 12
Title: Singing the Blues                 Title: The Girl in Line
School: Bellevue West                  School: Bellevue West

Legislative Resolutions
This past week I introduced a Legislative Resolution 39 to recognize Madison DeMeo for her generosity to our community. The Nebraska Legislature and I are very proud of Bellevue’s very own, Madi.

Thank you to the 48 other Nebraska State Senators who enthusiastically supported LR46 to celebrate Women in Public Office Day which took place on March 19th. 

Supporting Public Education
I had the pleasure of meeting with constituent supporters of public education as they visited the Capitol on Omaha Education Association (OEA) Action Day. We support all students and teachers!

R-L: Kathy Poehling, Sheri Poehling and Senator Blood

                                  Unicameral Youth Legislature

If you know a high school student you think would be interested in taking on the role of a state senator at the Unicameral Youth Legislature this June 10-13, please have them call 402-471-2788, or visit here. Scholarships are available!  The deadline to register is May 15, 2019

More Bill News   
The Governor has signed LB12LB115,LB7LB11 and LB8 into law. That means the only bills we have left that are waiting in the General File queue are LB6LB9LB13LB15LB138LB137 and LB594. We are having a productive session and I am hopeful that we will continue to move items through in a timely manner.

APPLY FOR A BOARD OR COMMISSION
It’s that time of year again when there are all kinds of boards and commissions in the state that are looking for dedicated citizens to serve. These positions are appointed by the governor and range in topics from Juvenile Justice to Geology. 

If this sounds like something you might be interested in, please visit to the Governor’s website here. You will be able to find a listing of every board that has an opening, as well as a brief synopsis of what is involved. You can also find an application here. Our state is a better place to live and raise our families when our citizens step up and get involved.

MEET OUR TEAM
Dee Austin-Administrative Aide

Senator Carol Blood, District 3
Oliver VanDervoort-Legislative AideWe are here to serve the residents of District 3 and we are happy to respond to any questions or concerns you may have.

Did you know that there is a long list of items available for free to the public relating to the Nebraska Legislature? Here is a list of only a few that you might find interesting. If you are receiving this email digitally, you should be able to link to the information from your newsletter.

1. Unicameral Update
2. About the Legislature
3. Unicam Kids
4. Inside Our Nation’s Only Unicameral
5. Poster of Nebraska Senators
6. Membership & Committees Card
7. Lines of Government

For hard copies of these documents, please call my office at 402-471-2627 and we will be happy to place one in the mail to your home address.

Sen. Carol Blood

District 3
Room #1021
P.O. Box 94604
Lincoln, NE 68509
Phone: (402) 471-2627
Email: cblood@leg.ne.gov
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