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Sen. Nicole Fox

Sen. Nicole Fox

District 7

Welcome!

January 6th, 2016

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. Please feel free to contact me and my staff about proposed legislation or any other issues you would like to address.

Sincerely,
Senator Nicole Fox

Omaha Gives 2016!

May 24th, 2016

Omaha’s 4th Annual 24-hour charitable giving challenge starts at midnight tonight.
Team Fox is dedicated to doing good things for Omaha, and we ask you to join us and consider making a contribution to one of the many non-profits in our city. Some of our favorites include Rejuvenating Women, Victory Boxing Club, Heartland Hope Mission and Together Omaha.

Citizen Police Academy

May 24th, 2016

Do you know what the police do? Would you like to observe the different police units and participate in some unique police scenarios? Come to the Citizen Police Academy and meet the local police officers who help keep your neighborhood safe.

The Southeast precinct of the Omaha Police Department will be offering the Citizen Police Academy several times this summer. The Citizen Police Academy will be offered on July 21 & 28, and August 4, 11, 18, & 25. Each academy begins at 6:00 p.m. and ends at 8:30 p.m. Classes will be held at the Southeast Precinct of the Omaha Police Department, located at 25th and Vinton Streets in Omaha.

In order to attend the Citizen Police Academy participants must register ahead of time. Space is limited to please register early. Registrations must be received by July 1st. To register and complete and application, please contact Ofelia Robles by e-mail at ofelia.robles@cityofomaha.org or by telephone at (402) 444-7743. As always, you may contact my office for more information or for help registering for the academy.

 

Congratulations to coach, Joe Maass, and the Omaha South High Packers for winning the 2016 State Soccer Championship! The #3 ranked Packers of Omaha South beat the #2 ranked Blue Jays of Creighton Prep on Tuesday by a score of 1-0. The winning goal was self-inflicted by the Blue Jays due to pressure provided by Alvaro Elizarraga.  The winning goal was scored when Noah Floersch of the Blue Jays headed the ball back to and out of the reach of his goalie, Matthew Smith.  The goal was officially recorded as an “own goal.”  Nevertheless, the Packers brought home the trophy for the second consecutive year.   Yesterday’s win caused Leo Adam Biga to write, “The Omaha South High boys soccer program is a dynasty in the making.”

http://www.neprepzone.com/omaha/own-goal-helps-omaha-south-win-class-a-state-title/article_a44b1dd0-1ca0-11e6-9f58-2fe93894427d.html

 

Health & Wellness Fair

May 6th, 2016

We tune-up our cars and our pianos, but what about our bodies? On May 13th you can get this done for free. St. Joseph Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center  invites you to their annual Health & Wellness Fair.  The fair will open at 9:00 a.m. and end at 3:00 p.m.  The center is located at 2305 S. 10th Street in Omaha.

What will this body tune-up look like?  The medical staff at St. Joseph’s will check your blood pressure, check your blood sugar, and check your body mass index (BMI).  They will provide mammograms, and give you the opportunity to donate blood.  In addition, you may enjoy chair yoga, arthritis therapy, massages, healthy snacks, smoothies, and attendance prizes.

Participants are asked to RSVP to Rhonda before May 13th.  Please call Rhonda at (402) 345-5683 or e-mail her at:  rleguillow@stjoevilla.com to RSVP. Please  feel free to call my office with your questions.  Your body will thank you!

Yolanda Diaz Day

May 4th, 2016

Yesterday I attended the ceremony for the 2016 SBA Nebraska Small Business Person of the Year Award which was presented to Yolanda Diaz, owner of Little Miss Fashion, LLC. Joel Cota from the mayor’s office also proclaimed the day as “Yolanda Diaz Day.”

Yolanda earned her degree in fashion design in Mexico before coming to the United States. She worked full time at a local factory at night while building her business. She spent 2 years saving money to invest in her company which designs and makes apparel for girls. She stated, “I started small, but I had a big dream.”

Yolanda sells her products as via the online retailer Zulily.

Yolanda volunteered at Catholic Charities and the Latino Resource Center where she taught the women she met to sew in order for them to make clothes for their children in addition to generate an income.

Thank you, Yolanda, for taking a risk and following your dreams. I wish you continued success!

 

I renewed my vehicle registration today. Like many of my District 7 constituents, I find it appalling that a majority of the cost is actually taxes, not registration fees. As a fiscal conservative, I will not support any policy that might result in increased taxes. Hard working Nebraskans deserve better.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Governor Signs K2 Bill

April 14th, 2016

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.

Boards & Commissions

April 12th, 2016

 

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:  kathleen.dolezal@nebraska.gov.  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.

Unfilled Vacancies and Vacancies from Previous Year

2016 – January – June Boards and Commissions with Positions

2016 – July – December Boards and Commission with Positions

Executive Appointment Application

 

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.

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Sen. Nicole Fox

District 7
Room #1115
P.O. Box 94604
Lincoln, NE 68509
Phone: (402) 471-2721
Email: nfox@leg.ne.gov
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