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Weekly Legislative Update
Thursday, March 20 was the Fifty-First Day of this One Hundred Third Legislature, Second Session. Only nine legislative days remain of our sixty day session. On our daily agenda we now regularly have numerous bills in Consent Calendar and on Final Reading, which means many bills are moving through the legislative process quickly. We are moving forward to make our limited time in session count. The 17 senators who are term limited after eight years of service continue using every tool in their toolbox and their floor experience with spirited zest in an attempt to bring their long awaited legislation to fruition before this session ends.
Not only do we consider and debate legislation on the floor each day, but we also do our best to respond to numerous constituent emails, letters, and phone calls. The number of meetings and receptions being held in and around the Capitol are also winding down, where focus is primarily on pending legislation at hand.
Thank you to Pastor Pastor Russ Foust of Grace United Methodist Church in Kennard for serving as volunteer Chaplain leading us in prayer on Wednesday, March 26. It is uplifting to have our district’s clergy join us during session in prayer before we convene.
Here are some updates on legislation from this week:
The annual Nebraska Agricultural Youth Institute is July 7-11, 2014, at UNL’s East Campus. “NAYI is a five-day conference for high school juniors and seniors to learn about career opportunities within agriculture. This includes: engaging speakers, workshops and panels, agriculture education, professional development, leadership experience, fun and new friends, networking with peers and industry leaders. All of these experiences come free of charge, thanks to generous sponsors.” Apply online at www.nda.nebraska.gov. Applications are due April 15.
We have heard from constituents on numerous issues, and I am always happy to hear from you! Please continue to contact me, my administrative aide, Katie Wattermann, or my legislative aide, Joe Neuhaus, with questions or thoughts at (402) 471-2728 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org; or stop by Room 1016 if you are at the Capitol.
Keeping the Good Life growing in Nebraska,
Senator Lydia Brasch, District 16