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 It’s also a project that began so long ago, the initial $25 million estimate is out of date.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
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.
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)
On/before April 18 – $25.00 (free shirt)
After April 18 – $30.00 (no shirt)
– 5:45 am to 6:30 am (no shirt)
Lisa Wilson 402-452-3901
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.