Thank you for visiting my website. It is an honor to represent the people of the 7th legislative district in the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature.
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Senator Nicole Fox
Since the Legislature last met on Wednesday, April 13th, there has been a lot of discussion about LB947. I opposed LB947 as presented in Final Reading.
The debate over LB947 was very emotional. As a State Senator responsible for passing sound legislation, I cannot support bills based solely on emotion. I must carefully weigh the facts.
Over the past decade, the Legislature has passed into law statutes that have had unintended consequences which have negatively impacted our state. As a State Senator, it is my responsibility to consider if the bills I am being asked to support might carry with them unintended consequences.
LB947 is a far reaching bill which is much more expansive than similar bills passed by any other state legislature in the country. Over the final days of debate, many concerns were brought to the attention of our Legislature. These included public safety issues and the likelihood we would be forced to spend millions of dollars providing full public benefits to tens of thousands of individuals not covered by DACA. This is money we do not have, and could either force dramatic tax increases or substantial cuts to vital programs like education funding – or both.
Because of the emotional nature of floor debate, concerns about the bill were not answered. Therefore, I could not under good conscience vote in favor of LB947 as presented on Final Reading.
Yesterday I joined Attorney General Doug Peterson and members of law enforcement as Governor Ricketts formally signed my priority bill, LB1009. LB1009 was introduced by Senator Matt Williams of Gothenburg, and will help protect our children and families from the dangerous epidemic of recreational synthetic drug use. Protecting our children and families is a top priority for me. Newsweek reported that deaths from synthetic marijuana tripled in 2015. Over a few weeks period last year more than 100 people were hospitalized in Lincoln due to synthetic marijuana overdoses. I thank Senator Williams for introducing this important legislation and all of my colleagues for the overwhelming support of this bill.
Do you feel called to serve our magnificent state? The State of Nebraska has several seats on a variety of boards and commissions which need to be filled. If you feel led to serve the people of Nebraska, then please peruse our lists of current and future open positions. I have attached three separate lists of open positions. I have also attached an application for your convenience. If you have questions about any of these executive appointment positions please call Kathleen Dolezal at (402) 471-1971 or e-mail her at: firstname.lastname@example.org. As always you may contact my office for more information or for help applying for any of these positions. The people of Nebraska thank you in advance for your service to our great state.
Heartland Family Service Good Works offers a variety of services to help the people of Omaha. The agency services children, youth, adults, and families. They offer programs which help people and families struggling with addiction, child abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault, early childhood development, juvenile delinquency, mental health issues, poverty, and homelessness.
There are four ways to find out more about all that Heartland Family Service Good Works has to offer. First, I encourage you to visit their website at: www.HeartlandFamilyService.org. Second, you may call their main office in Omaha at: (402) 553-3000. Third, you may visit their main office located at 2101 S. 42nd Street in Omaha. Finally, you may always contact my office for more information.
Law enforcement has always been an interest to the general public. The Omaha Police Department’s Citizen Police Academy was created out of this interest. The intention of the academy is to increase communication, increase understanding, and to improve the relationship between the community and the Omaha Police Department in order to create a better, safer city.
By attending the Citizen Police Academy, citizens get first hand knowledge of the procedures, regulations, and policies which police officers must follow. The academy addresses citizens’ concerns by creating mutual understanding and awareness. This is the place to voice your concerns and to put yourself at ease about police procedures, regulations, and policies.
Enrollment in the academy means that you will get to experience hands-on police scenarios. Citizens enrolled in the Citizen Police Academy will participate in simulated police activities, and see live demonstrations and presentations by OPD’s Mounted Patrol, K-9 Unit, Crime Lab, Uniform Patrol, Gang Unit, Narcotics, Domestic Violence, Helicopter Unit, and more. Participants will get the opportunity to sign-up for a police ride-along, and they will even get the opportunity to meet the Chief of Police.
There are a few things to consider before signing up. First, some of the course material may be graphic in nature, so citizens should consider whether or not they can handle the kinds of graphic scenes which police routinely must encounter. Second, the Omaha Police Department will conduct a background investigation on all applicants. OPD may restrict attendance based upon what they find through these background investigations. Finally, each precinct conducts their own Citizen Police Academy. If a particular program of interest is not available through the Southeast precinct, you may want to consider enrolling in another precinct’s academy.
If you are interested in enrolling in the Citizen Police Academy, please contact Ofelia Robles at the Southeast Precinct of the Omaha Police Department. Ofelia Robles can be reached at (402) 444-7743 or you may send her an e-mail at: Ofelia.email@example.com. For more information about the Citizen’s Police Academy, please click on the following link: http://opd.ci.omaha.ne.us/community-involvement/community-and-crime-prevention-programs/citizen-academy. As always, you may contact my office for more information or help with enrolling into the academy.
Today the Unicameral passed LB698. This billl was introduced by Senator Heath Mello, but it included my bill LB963, which will will bring Nebraska’s Area Agencies on Aging into compliance with federal regulations and repeal outdated language regarding program funding, helping agencies tasked with serving older Nebraskans.
We also passed LB817. This is a bill I cosponsored, which will allow patients to enter into a monthly agreement with primary care providers. This bill will allow Nebraskans more choices when it comes to paying for health care.
The Legislature also passed my priority bill, LB1009. This bill was authored by Senator Matt Williams, and will help law enforcement deal with synthetic marijuana and those who would sell these dangerous substances.
Today I had the privilege of talking to students from Castelar Elementary School. These District 7 students took a tour of the Capitol Building today and watched part of the legislative session from the Chamber’s north balcony. I am pictured below addressing student’s questions while they were seated on the floor of the Rotunda. The students were very attentive and asked lots of questions. We talked about everything from my job as a nutrition therapist to bills about mountains lions. They were the highlight of my day!
This week is National Poison Prevention Week. According to the chart below produced by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), death by poisoning remains the No. 1 cause of unintentional injury deaths in the United States. The CDC also reports that 3 million calls came into poison control centers across the country in 2014, while the Nebraska Regional Poison Center received 40,000 of those calls. So, poisoning remains a problem which can potentially affect us all.
Poison control centers are ready to help. Poison control centers are always open; they never close. Furthermore, each center is staffed with healthcare professionals who have been specifically trained in poison management. These poison management professionals are ready to help whenever a problem or an emergency should happen to arise. All you have to do is call.
Prevention means preparing yourself ahead of time for an emergency. Whenever a problem with poisoning arises, time becomes of the essence. Therefore, the time to act is now, long before poisoning ever becomes a problem. Therefore, I want everyone reading my blog today to program the Poison Control Hotline into their cell-phones. That phone number is: 1-800-222-1222. No matter where you are in the United States this number will automatically connect you to the nearest poison control center. After you program this number into your cell-phone, post it near your landline home phone and post it again near your work-place phone.
Safety comes first. So, remember to store all poisons out of the reach of children, and teach them to ask an adult first. Read the labels on the products you buy, and follow all safety precautions.
Finally, take some time this week to visit the website for the Nebraska Regional Poison Center. Their website has much to offer. From this website you may download a special poison center app to your cell-phone, download educational materials, printout posters and flyers, and even access an entire online poison library. You may also discover some other ways you can protect your family, your neighbors, and your community. You can reach the Nebraska Poison Center website simply by clicking on the following link: www.nebraskapoison.com.
Food pantries desperately need milk. So, Hy-Vee stores are partnering with Dean Foods/Land O Lakes during the month of March to host the Great American Milk Drive. Customers who buy Land O Lakes Pure 1% gallon and 1% half-gallon white milk are encouraged to donate their purchases to our local food pantries. Milk donations will go to the Heartland Hope Mission and the St. Vincent de Paul Pantry, both of which are located on Omaha’s South Side. Their goal is to raise 100,000 gallons of milk to support our local food pantries. How many gallons of milk can you donate this month?
Is your child having behavior problems at school? Missing class? Being sent to the office? Struggling academically? You are not alone!
Searching for the right person to help you parent your son or daughter when he or she is misbehaving can be a long, confusing and scary journey. Through Boys Town’s Parent Connector program you can talk with a local peer-parent who has been in a similar situation and who can help you navigate through the maze of parenting a child or teenager.
The Parent Connector program has been tailor-made for parents with busy schedules. Your Parent Connector can help by providing you with a weekly phone call which fits your schedule and your family’s specific needs. There are no meetings to attend, and the program does not require a lot of time. The program is also offered free of charge.
If you are looking for some personal guidance from an experienced parent, then please consider using a Parent Connector. For more information, please call the South Omaha Boys Town office at (402) 734-0155 or visit their website by clicking on the following link: http://www.boystown.org/south-omaha/parent-connector. As always, you may contact my office for more information about the Parent Connector program offered at Boys Town’s South Omaha campus.