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August 9, 2012
The Nebraska Clerk of the Legislature is accepting applications for legislative pages for the 2013 legislative session. The deadline for submitting an application and a letter of recommendation is Friday, September 28th at 5:00 pm. Senator Lydia Brasch encourages college students from Legislative District 16 to apply for the position and experience the unique opportunity to work in the Nebraska Legislature and represent his/her hometown and District 16. Senator Brasch appreciates the opportunity to meet applicants and provide a letter of recommendation for the position.
Please contact Senator Brasch with questions and for a page application for the 2013 legislative session; she can be reached at (402) 471-2728 or firstname.lastname@example.org. “District 16 and the Nebraska Legislature have been well served and represented by previous legislative pages, and I look forward to meeting and recommending legislative pages for this upcoming session,” said Senator Brasch.
Senator Brasch was selected as one of three Nebraska senators to receive a fellowship to the 18th Annual Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development (BILLD). The conference is held in Madison, Wisconsin, Friday, August 10 – Tuesday, August 14 and is hosted by the Council of State Governments (CSG). BILLD is a unique educational opportunity to enhance leadership skills as a state senator and will include seminars on public policy, priority management, and consensus building. Senator Brasch is honored to receive the fellowship and represent District 16 and the State of Nebraska. She looks forward to the experience and putting into practice the learned skills as she serves District 16.
Senator Brasch looks forward to participating in District 16 county fairs once again! The fairs are a great opportunity for meeting, visiting, and viewing fantastic creations across our district.
The 2012 fairs will be held as follows:
Washington County, Friday, July 27 – Wednesday, August 1
Burt County, Friday, August 3 – Tuesday, August 7
Cuming County, Thursday, August 9 – Sunday, August 12
Senator Brasch will celebrate our country’s Independence Day by participating in District 16 parades. She will be in Tekamah at 10:00 a.m. and in Lyons at 4:00 p.m. for parades. She looks forward to seeing you there! Happy 4th of July!
Senator Brasch will participate in a ride-along with the Nebraska Department of Roads in District 3, one of two roads districts in Legislative District 16. She will see first-hand the construction and activity taking place to better serve constituents in District 16 as roads questions arise.
A coffee event with Senator Brasch will be held at Mary’s Beemer Cafe. Hosted by Great Plains Communications, the meeting will begin at 8:00 a.m., Friday, June 8.
Senator Brasch will attend the grand opening of Novozymes in Blair on Wednesday, May 30. We welcome Novozymes, an innovative enzyme plant, to Blair and District 16!
Senator Brasch has the privilege of attending and speaking at Leadership Burt County Graduation and Banquet on Monday, May 14 in Tekamah. Congratulations to all graduates and thank you for your leadership in Burt County!
Senator Brasch will attend the Blair Chamber 20th Annual Golf Fundraiser as a volunteer on the golf course. Shotgun start is at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, May 11, 2012.
Wednesday, April 18, the 102nd Legislature concluded and adjourned sine die. Most notably, our last day consisted of motions to override gubernatorial vetoes and farewells to nine senators leaving the legislative body due to term limits.
Four bills were voted on to become law not withstanding the governor’s veto and all were debated again in an effort to garner support or sustain the veto. Thirty votes are required to override a veto, and two bills became law. In review, the four bills included:
Looking back, we worked tirelessly on significant issues and passed substantial legislation, particularly for a short 60 day session. This session is remembered for urgent child welfare reform, including creation of the Nebraska Children’s Commission and Inspector General for child welfare (LB 821), increases to foster care payments (LB 820), changes to case management and service contracts (LB 961), and development of a statewide child welfare information system (LB 1160).
Also memorable are economic development bills for a research and development tax credit (LB 983), including biochips as an agriculture input for a tax exemption (my priority bill, LB 830), data center tax incentives (LB 1118), and a tax exemption for non-profit health clinics (LB 40). Tax legislation was passed to provide a tax cut to low and middle income Nebraskans (LB 970), and limitations were placed on the occupation tax (LB 745).
Significant mid-biennium budget changes were approved, appropriating funds for child welfare case load management, special education, reinstatement of medicaid provider rates, and construction of a veterinary diagnostic center at the University of Nebraska, to mention several expenditures under LB 968. Additionally, with LB 969, funding is designated for a cancer research center and nursing school through the University of Nebraska Medical Center, as well as renovation projects at state colleges. Also passing by overriding a line-item veto of LB 1072 is payment to subcontractors of Boys & Girls Home per a DHHS contract.
We successfully passed my bill, LB 1039, to change school bus provisions and increase penalties for violating school bus laws. An amended version of my bill, LB 930, was passed with LB 1155 to allow golf carts on city streets adjacent to a golf course with approval of the governing body. Including the first session of the 102nd Legislature, five bills I introduced were passed, also including:
In addition, I worked with the Department of Administrative Services to enact provisions of LB 691 to incorporate purchasing of biobased products.
It was a pleasure to serve with and learn from the nine senators leaving the Legislature. Their leadership is an asset and speaks to great accomplishments and extraordinary service. It was an honor to work alongside these senators for the past two sessions. Farewell to Senators Abbie Cornett, Deb Fischer, Mike Flood, Tony Fulton, Lavon Heidemann, Gwen Howard, Chris Langemeier, LeRoy Louden, and Rich Pahls.
I toured OLean Energy April 21, spanning Colfax and Cuming counties. Congratulations to OLean Energy for innovation to produce fuel and electrical energy from recovered methane, an important agriculture and renewable energy accomplishment. During the legislative interim, I look forward to visiting towns across our district. Please keep informing me of community events as I enjoy the opportunity to attend meetings, events, etc. and celebrate District 16’s work to keep the good life growing. For scheduling and discussing legislative issues, I can be reached at email@example.com and 402-471-2728.
Serving you in the Nebraska Legislature to Keep the Good Life Growing,
Senator Lydia Brasch
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