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Thank you for visiting my website. It is an honor to represent the people of the 7th legislative district in the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature.
You’ll find my contact information on the right side of this page, as well as a list of the bills I’ve introduced this session and the committees on which I serve. Please feel free to contact me and my staff about proposed legislation or any other issues you would like to address.
Sen. Tony Vargas
The 2018 legislative session is officially in full swing! This year I’ve introduced 19 bills, which is keeping my office very busy. My legislation this year spans topics from ensuring equal access to education for deaf and hard of hearing students to opening our state’s market to new and emerging businesses, and from reinforcing worker protections to restricting the use of juvenile detention. Below you can learn a little bit more about the bills I’ve introduced this year:
Reinforces and clarifies existing law that guarantees qualified education interpreters for deaf and hard of hearing students
Prohibits contractors and business with unpaid fines for violating the Employee Misclassification Act to the Department of Labor from entering into contracts with political subdivisions
Updates terminology in statutes relating to marriage to align with federal law
Modernizes language relating to elected and government officials
LB 826 –
Reaffirms and clarifies existing law that permits judges to make findings concerning the wellbeing of juveniles
LB 904 –
Closes a loophole that would allow payday lenders to obtain a new license as a credit service organization, which are intended to help improve a consumer’s credit
LB 922 –
Creates a new program that would extend health care benefits to all Nebraska children, regardless of immigration status
LB 974 –
Prohibits political affiliation, demographic information other than population figures, and results of previous elections from being considered in the drawing of legislative district boundaries
LB 999 –
Provides timelines and clarifications around student disciplinary actions and allows students to complete coursework during suspension or expulsion
LB 1074 –
Adjusts income tax bracket by lowering taxes on middle income earners and creating additional brackets for higher earners with increased rates of 1-3%. Increases the Earned Income Tax Credit from 10% to 12.5%, providing additional tax relief for low-income earners
LB 1082 –
Requires law enforcement agencies who enter into agreements to enforce federal immigration law to provide notice to the political subdivision and the public
LB 1101 –
Increases the reimbursement rate for short-term residential treatment, intensive outpatient treatment, and substance use assessment for behavioral health patients exiting correctional facilities
LB 1105 –
Changes the duration of a payday loan from a maximum of 34 days to a minimum of 34 days
LB 1110 –
Clarifies the intent of the Legislature to have public school and district scores reported annually
LB 1112 –
Restricts the use of juvenile detention and creates opportunity for alternative, community based resources
LB 1134 –
Expands upon federal law by requiring businesses who are closing or laying off more than 25 employees to notify the employees and the Nebraska Department of Labor at least 60 days in advance
LB 1135 –
Creates additional pathways to obtaining a Nebraska Teaching Certificate to address the shortage of full time and substitute teachers that exist across the state
Increases Legislator salaries from $12,000 per year to 50% of the Census-reported median income, to be recalculated every two years
Want to join my team here in the Legislature?
Applications for internships for the 2018 Legislative Session are now open in the following areas: social media, advocacy, and policy.
My office is willing to work with students to obtain class credit, if desired. Internships will begin on or before Wednesday, January 3, 2018, depending on the availability of selected interns.
On Saturday, January 28th, I held my first town hall at the South Omaha Public Library. I was so glad to be able to talk with many of you about the work my colleagues and I are doing in Lincoln and hear your questions and concerns.
At the town hall, I handed out a survey to gauge support on both the bills that I have personally introduced as well as a handful of other key issues facing the legislature. That survey is now available online in English and Spanish. If you were not able to attend the town hall, I hope you will take a few minutes to let me know your thoughts.