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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.
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The Reader – The Legislative Balancing Act
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Norfolk Daily News – Norfolk chamber supports arts bill
KMTV News Omaha – Nebraska lawmakers pass ‘Party Bus Bill’
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Chief of Staff & Legislative Aide
Dave graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2010. After graduation, he spent time working for labor unions in Washington D.C. before moving back to Nebraska to work as an organizer for Planned Parenthood. He is currently a third-year law student at the University of Nebraska Law School.
In his limited spare time (law student), he enjoys baseball (Go Cubs) and reading, mostly history books. When not at work or school Dave is usually taking his dog to the dog park or on a bike ride. He is also a self-declared cinephile — a lover of movies.
Communications Director & Administrative Aide
Cassy studied at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, majoring in Political Science and Global Studies. She has been heavily involved with Amnesty International and is currently a Sexual and Reproductive Rights trainer for the organization. She has previously interned for the ACLU, the Nebraska Unicameral, the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center, and Sisterhood is Global Institute in Amman, Jordan.
Cassy is currently studying to become fluent in Arabic and wants to begin to learn Russian next. She loves learning about other cultures through language. In her free time, she fosters animals for the humane society, works as a part-time bartender, and is a plant connoisseur.
Temi is a senior Psychology and Political Science double major at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is from the south suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, but has found a home in Nebraska. At UNL, Temi is the current president of the Afrikan Peoples Union, a member of the NU Student Alliance that helps advocate at the legislature on behalf of the university, and a couple of other fun clubs.
Reading, writing, soccer, and chess are all hobbies that Temi loves. Post-grad, he is deciding between a few interests that he might pursue, but he hopes that his road will lead back to Nebraska.
Anna is currently a senior at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a major in Global Studies and a minor in French. Her interests include foreign policy and working on basic human rights. Anna says that her position with Senator Hunt will allow her to dive deeper into the political field, which will help with incorporating her interests into her future career.
Anna enjoys traveling and learning about different cultures. After graduation, she hopes to travel to another country to teach English and learn about their government system for a year, then returning to attend graduate school.
Fun Fact: Anna has eaten at the same Mexican restaurant as Barack Obama (S/O La Juanitas in Sioux City, IA).
Matt is a senior Political Science and Accounting double major student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. At school, he has been involved in various independent research projects regarding state legislatures, specifically term limits and ideas on representation. Matt says that coming to the Unicameral is like stepping out of the academic journal and into the wild!
As a lifelong Lincolnite and Nebraskan, he says that the Unicameral has always had a place in his psyche and he is thrilled to help on a team doing work to make this state a more welcoming place. In Matt’s spare time, he loves to read books of all kinds: mythology, psychology, justice, history. He is also a huge fan of the Denver sports teams—Broncos, Nuggets, Avalanche, and Rockies.
Senator Hunt has worked tirelessly over the interim to create her 2020 agenda, focused on protecting Nebraskans. Below is a list of the major bills she plans to introduce this session.
New Office: 1523 (first floor)
At the end of this month, our office will be moving from the 11th floor down to a much more accessible spot on the first floor. Our new location will be in office 1523. We are excited to be able to more easily meet with constituents and visitors this coming session!
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Senator Hunt would like to invite you to her upcoming town hall on November 23rd from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. It will be held at the Rathskeller Bier Haus and appetizers will be provided. Drinks are available for purchase from Rathskeller.
The event is free and open to the public.
Senator Hunt would like to invite you to take a few minutes to complete her Constituent Survey. Click here to complete it.
“As your Senator, it is an honor and a privilege to be able to represent and serve you. To ensure my staff and I are doing the best we can to fulfill this responsibility, I am always interested in hearing your thoughts, concerns, and suggestions about how I can best represent you and the rest of District 8.”
The information you provide is confidential and will be used to help Senator Hunt and her staff to better serve the people of District 8. If you have any questions or if our office can be of additional assistance, please contact our office at (402) 471-2722.
In late September Senator Hunt introduced LR 135, a legislative resolution exploring food insecurity in Nebraska.
“Food insecurity” is the term used to describe the problem families face when they don’t have enough access to affordable and nutritious food, whether that’s financial or geographic. 11.6% of Nebraska’s population is food insecure, according to the Map the Meal Gap report from Feeding America. Over 200,000 Nebraskans struggle with food insecurity. That’s hard to reconcile with the fact that this is America’s breadbasket. We’re working so hard to bring food to everyone else. But even in a state with expanses of farmland and ranches, many families are worried about how to feed their kids. According to a report from the Center for Rural Affairs, enrollment for food assistance programs like SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, is consistently lower in rural Nebraska. So these are people who are eligible for benefits and aren’t receiving them.
We can all agree that Nebraskans are in need, and as state lawmakers, we share the responsibility of identifying solutions. That’s why Senator Hunt has worked with stakeholders to identify a package of policy recommendations that vary in fiscal impact, which Senator Hunt will introduce next session.
We are happy, excited, and ready to do what’s next. At the same time, today is tough and it’s starting to hit me. Although I’m confident about our decision and excited about growing a new project, being a Small Business Owner™—THIS kind of Small Business Owner—has been foundational to my self-image and identity for the past 15 years, and change this big is always emotionally challenging.
By following our instinct to use our business as a platform for social good and political engagement, Sarah and I built something that meant a lot to people. We had not seen a company like ours before, and working without a map or an example, we successfully grew a business that went beyond traditional retail. I know this because so many people have told us that the work we did at Hello Holiday motivated them to start a business of their own, to have confidence in their bodies, to quit a job they hated, to run for office, to go back to school, to move to a new city, to do any number of things that represent bravery, courage, and authenticity that comes when you choose to apply your most deeply held values to all aspects of your life.
I got to do something very rare and special with Hello Holiday. Time for the next chapter.”
Senator Hunt spoke at the kickoff party for the New Americans Civil Leadership Academy, coordinated by Lutheran Family Services and Civic Nebraska in September! Nebraska leads the nation in resettling refugees, and Senator Hunt’s purpose is to protect and support our newest neighbors who want to live the good life here in our state. We are glad you’re here!
In early October, Senator Hunt spoke to this year’s participants in the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Civic Engagement Institute. Each of these individuals are civic leaders in their own countries (including Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Laos, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam).
Senator Hunt had a great opportunity to speak to student residents and physicians at the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Health Policy Conference.
In October, Senator Hunt attended the Omaha Leadership Summit held by the LGBTQ Victory Institute. She had this to say about the event: “Seeing so many LGBTQ+ candidates and electeds in one room completely changed my perspective about the deep bench of talent and experience we have in our state leadership pool. I am so excited to work with MSHRC, Victory Institute, Huespring, and other local organizations to help mentor, train, and develop a pipeline of new leaders.”
Also in October, Senator Hunt received an award from the Holland Children’s Movement, as a part of their Honor Roll Awards. She was recognized for her work to increase the minimum wage and expand access to SNAP.
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