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Carol Blood

Sen. Carol Blood

District 3

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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.
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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)
Contact: Lisa Wilson 402-452-3901
Email: lisa@bellevuenebraska.com
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.
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Sen. Carol Blood

District 3
Room 10th Floor
P.O. Box 94604
Lincoln, NE 68509
(402) 471-2627
Email: cblood@leg.ne.gov
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