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This past week was the beginning of all day debate, and it has been productive for the state. Senator Linehan’s omnibus bill, LB754 has seen the largest share of attention because an omnibus bill is a combination of multiple bills put together. Luckily, my bill LB38 is a part of this omnibus bill. LB38 will provide a tax exemption for federal annuities for Nebraska’s federal retirees. Previously LB873 provided vital tax relief on Social Security, and this year’s LB641 (included in this package) will further expand Social Security Tax Relief. However the tax relief is not equitable for Federal retirees. The debate about the overall omnibus has been good for the body. Being wrapped up in culture war debates can be exhausting for all involved and I am happy to see things start to move forward.
Inflation Reduction Act
With today being the deadline for early applications for IRA funding, it was nice to see Governor Pillen and NDEE respond to my letter that requested they take advantage of the available funding! Since it’s the early stages of obtaining funding, there are going to be more opportunities. I will continue to push that we take advantage of all available funding. Our state desperately needs to improve energy efficiency within homes. Insulation of homes would see a net decrease in the cost and usage of heating and air conditioning. We also would see a significant increase in job opportunities if we were to request as much of the IRA funding as possible with 10,000 possible new and good paying jobs. I’ll be looking at the actions of NDEE with great interest moving forward and will continue to challenge them to apply for as much available funding as possible.
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Senator Carol Blood, District 3
This past week was made up of highs and lows. I wish to start this by discussing the lows of the week and what happened on the floor this past week. LB 574 had debate from Tuesday morning until 11:30 am yesterday. The cloture motion never would’ve happened if a senator wasn’t forced back to the capitol who’s recovering from sickness. Senator’s on the floor pleaded to have this bill reconsidered. I pointed out the inadequacies within the bill and how it fails to consider the ramifications such as cosmetic procedures and other medicinal practices. It also opens the state of Nebraska open to a long list of potential lawsuits. I’ll continue to fight tooth and nail for the trans youth and population of this state. This bill is about big government control and is unrelenting in its pursuit of controlling parental rights.
Yesterday, LB 9 and LB 559 were presented back-to-back in the Government, Veteran and Military Affairs committee. Dark money is a bipartisan issue. Politicians from both sides of the aisle despise dark money because the entities that create advertisements that are false can’t be corrected nor tracked. It undermines the will of the voters by giving voters factually incorrect information on candidates. LB 559 was received positively by the committee members as well. Having C-1 financial disclosure documents required for elected members of First Class cities to fill out is of great importance for the democratic values that this nation espouses. It’s an important thing for the electorate to know where people’s interests are. The bill also implements digital submissions for all C-1 one forms reducing costs and staff time and creating immediate transparency online for Nebraskans.
A Thank You
Some of you may have seen my post on Facebook about the wonderful piece of art sent to me by Andrea Tellechea, a 4th grader from my district. I wish to thank her once again. It’s now hanging up in my office.
Unicameral Youth Legislature
Another thing you may have seen on my Facebook was about the Unicameral Youth Legislature. This is a great opportunity for the youth of this state to be educated on the legislative process of the unicameral. Please notify the young people in your lives about this opportunity. You can find the information about the Unicameral Youth Legislature below.
Thank you all, it’s a honor to represent legislative district 3.
Happy Monday! This past week the legislature has seen a huge amount of time dedicated to debate on LB 753. I wish to broach upon a few other topics that need to be addressed at the legislature but also in our own communities.
As some may know, on the 3rd of March I introduced LR5. It’s a legislative resolution to ratify an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to regulation of child labor.
The resolution wasn’t brought up out of thin air. Since 2018, the United States Department of Labor has seen a 70% increase in child labor violations, including in hazardous occupations. Just recently a meatpacking facility in Grand Island, Nebraska was found to be employing 50 child laborers, some as young as 13 years of age. Many of these children worked late hours and in dangerous environments that were inappropriate and unsafe.Their childhood and their education were placed on the backburner. This bill wouldn’t eliminate the infractions by these corporations, but it would send a strong message to the rest of this nation. The first state to ratify this amendment for the first time in the past 86 years is Nebraska! We value our children and we value our own workers, that’s what this is about.
An urgent priority for my office is LB560. Time is short for Nebraska to take advantage of the $91,000,000 available to the state to ensure long-term sustainable job growth that can create prosperity for our working families; to help our families benefit from rebates on weatherization and energy-friendly appliances that result in energy savings; to support tourism by providing more car charging stations across Nebraska, and so much more. From our agricultural community to our manufacturers, this is a win for all involved and this complicated act offers funds to help both our rural and urban areas, their residents and businesses. The state of Nebraska has a deadline of March 31st to apply for the funds from the IRA with a ‘notice of intent.’
Please feel free to contact the office by calling 402-471-2627 if you have any questions about legislation or need any help with a governmental issue. Thank you all. It’s an honor to represent legislative district 3!
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