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In this session, 481 new bills were introduced as well as 15 substantive resolutions/constitutional amendments. Besides this new legislation, bills from the last session that were not acted upon do carry over to this session. In January, as people worked to select their priorities for 2020, floor debate mainly centered on bills from last year. In February, we began debating priority bills and other legislation introduced this session. On March 3rd, the legislature will begin full-day floor debate and no more committee hearings will be held.
Each senator is allowed to designate one bill as a personal priority bill and each committee can designate two committee priority bills. The Speaker designates another 25 priority bills. This session, I have prioritized LB 962, a bill that will allow student-athletes in college to receive compensation for their name, image, and likeness rights. This will allow students to participate in the free market and earn money for their talents, just like every other student is currently allowed to do.
We only have 30 days left in the session with many difficult issues to debate. I hope that you will continue to stay in touch with me on any issue that is of importance to you.
On February 4th, Senator Megan Hunt introduced LB 962. This bill would allow athletes at Nebraska’s colleges to earn money from their name, image, and likeness rights, or athletic reputation, over objections from the NCAA.
The bill advanced from committee to general file on February 13th, and has shown enough potential to be Senator Hunt’s priority bill for this session.
On February 18th, Senator Megan Hunt attended the opening of the Black and Pink organization’s, “Lydon House”. The Lydon House will operate as a transitional living home for members of the LGBTQA+ community that are coming out of the correctional system.
“To be an urban city, to be a city that welcomes everyone, we need these kinds of services and these are the kind of organizations that we need.”
Senator Megan Hunt has continued to make her rounds throughout the schools in Nebraska. This month, she has visited 5 different classrooms within Rosehill and Dundee Elementary to teach about the three branches of government and democracy.
February 27-19th – Omaha Jazz Festival
Held at the Holland Performing Arts Center Scott Recital Hall
February 29th – February Food Pantry Day
Held at Benson Baptist Church
March 6th – Benson First Friday
Two indoor artist markets will be held at Masonic Lodge and Citylight Arts Project. Petshop, Envy Tequila Bar, Lion’s Mane Vintage, Mercer Masonic Lodge, B-Side Theatre, and Infusion Brewing Company will all be participating from 7:00 – 10:00 pm.
March 7th – Soup Walk – 5k and 10k
Held at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
March 10th – Precinct Advisory Meeting
Held at the NW Precinct (10245 Wiesman Drive) from 6:00 – 7:00 pm. The meeting provides you with information on crime, apprehensions, statistics, and an opportunity to report your concerns to the police or an official who works at the Mayor’s office.
March 13th – Better Benson 2020
Held at Citylight Benson Church at 7:00 am
March 26th – Healing Arts Concert
Held at the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center at 12:00 pm
March 30th – Benson Neighborhood Association Meeting
Held at Benson Baptist Church
Senator Hunt will be speaking at this meeting
May 14-17th – Annual Garage Sale Weekend
Hosted by the Dundee Memorial Park Association
May 16th – Spring Honors Walk
A walk where we honor the memory of those who lost the battle against breast cancer and celebrate those who are still thriving. Held at Benson Park.
July 27-28th – Benson Days
Family-friendly summer festival that celebrates the neighborhood’s creative culture.
Lincoln Journal Star – Editorial, 1/26: Schools are making cash; their athletes should be, too
The Gateway – OPINION: Fight against food insecurity
Omaha World-Herald – Editorial: Nebraska expands opportunity through occupational licensing reform
Lincoln Journal Star – Former Huskers support bill allowing college athletes to profit from name, likeness
The Reader – The Legislative Balancing Act
Lincoln Journal Star – College athletes pay bill advances from committee for debate
Norfolk Daily News – Norfolk chamber supports arts bill
KMTV News Omaha – Nebraska lawmakers pass ‘Party Bus Bill’
KMTV News – Controversy over testimony at Unicameral