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Sen. Lydia Brasch

Sen. Lydia Brasch

District 16

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News Release

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For More Information:

Tom Venzor, Legislative Aide

Office of Senator Lydia Brasch, District 16

(402) 471-2728

tvenzor@leg.ne.gov

Senators Lydia Brasch and Senator Al Davis Request State Action,

Oversight in Nebraska Nursing Home Closings

On Monday, May 4, Senator Brasch and Senator Al Davis (District 43) along with Governor Pete Ricketts, representatives of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Department of Labor (DOL), and private representatives of the nursing home care community met to ensure proper oversight and due diligence are undertaken to protect the residents and employees of various nursing home facilities.

Deseret Health Group announced last week on April 25 it would close its facility, Logan Valley Manor, in Lyons. This announcement coincided with a notice to also close another facility, Ainsworth Care Center, in Ainsworth. Deseret Health Group has now withdrawn care of all four of its facilities in Nebraska.

Currently, DHHS is working to provide receivership status for the Lyons and Ainsworth facilities. Receivership provides the state the ability to work with a private entity to take custody, manage, and protect the people, property, and assets involved. Receivership provides a temporary, legal remedy while a more permanent, long-term solution is determined.

Initially, Deseret Health Group gave a 30-day notice to the Lyons and Ainsworth facilities. However, federal law requires a 60-day notice be given with regard to the closing of a nursing home facility that accepts Medicaid and/or Medicare payments. Deseret has complied with the 60-day notice, but could not be reached for comment.

DHHS, under the new leadership of Courtney Phillips, has been actively involved at both facilities in Lyons and Ainsworth. DHHS made on-site visits to ensure adequate care was being offered and continues to monitor each facility on a shift-by-shift basis.

DOL has been working diligently to try to ensure the payment of wages for employees. Employees of the nursing home facilities were scheduled to be paid on April 30. However, Deseret Health Group is yet to provide payment of wages as of May 6. The DOL also sent a Rapid Response Team to both the Lyons and Ainsworth location to speak with employees. The Rapid Response Team provides services regarding filing wage complaints, new employment opportunities, and the requirements for filing for unemployment benefits.

Senator Lydia Brasch, representative of District 16, voiced concern for the recent announcement stating: “I am truly concerned for the residents and employees of Logan Valley Manor as they undergo this difficult transition in light of Deseret Health Group’s recent and abrupt actions. Yet, I remain hopeful as I believe the residents, family of residents, employees, citizens, businesses, and government agencies will step up and provide needed care and support for those affected.” Senator Brasch additionally indicated her desire for local groups, charitable organizations, businesses, and church communities to step in where necessary and offered gratitude for all those who have already sacrificed to ensure the health and welfare of the residents and employees of Logan Valley Manor.

Any questions or concerns for DHHS may be addressed by contacting them at 402.471.3324 (between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.), 402.499.4417 (after hours, weekends, or holidays), or by e-mail to eve.lewis@nebraska.gov. To file a wage complaint with the DOL, call 402.471.2239.

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A most beautiful “May Day” graced the completion of Day 72 of 90. While the Legislative Calendar moves on a downward trend in terms of days remaining, we experience an upward trend of hours spent each day at the Capitol as many bills are to be debated.

Two significant events occurred this week. First, as required, the budget was officially introduced to General File on Day 70. The budget is set for a biennial (two-year) period. For example, this year’s budget applies to 2015-2016 and 2016-2017.

Typically, several bills comprise the Appropriations Committee’s budget recommendation and goes through a similar legislative process as other bills. The budget appropriates most state funds for operations and state aid. Upon placement on General File, a daily financial status report is provided by the legislative fiscal office. This report reflects probable spending limits based on certain assumptions regarding tax rates, revenue forecasts, and the committee’s budget recommendation.

By rule, we must advance appropriations bills by Day 80 to Final Reading. The Governor must sign or veto within the next 5 days. Interestingly, the budget is the only bill the Governor has the power of line-item veto which means he can strike specific provisions of the budget while approving the remaining provisions. The Legislature then has the ability to accept or override the Governor’s specific line-item vetoes.

This year’s proposed budget increases government spending by 3.1%, totaling $4.3 billion. The proposed increase virtually matches Governor Ricketts’ recommendation and marks the third lowest total growth in the last 15 biennial budgets. In addition, $750 million is predicted for the cash reserve fund which assists with certain one-time spending items and provides “rainy day” funds to assist the State during economic recessions.

A few big-spending items are worth mentioning. First, the budget increases the Property Tax Credit Cash Fund by $60 million for each year of the biennium, in addition to the $140 million per year already allotted. This results in $400 million of property tax relief over the next two years and translates into a credit equal to $93.33 per $100,000 of valuation. This proposal provides a good foundation for needed general property tax relief. However, my priority bill reducing agricultural land valuation from 75% to 65% remains stalled in the Revenue Committee until one more vote is found to advance it to the floor for full debate.

Second, the budget proposes approximately $980 million in state aid funding to education through our State’s education funding mechanism. Unfortunately, District 16 only receives around $5 million in state aid funding. This amounts to one-half of one percent of the total state aid, although our student population accounts for two percent of the total statewide student population. This reflects the undue burden District 16 carries with regard to the local funding of education.

Third, the budget suggests $1.3 billion in aid to individuals. This category of spending includes Medicaid which accounts for $818 million. It also includes other services, such as child welfare and public assistance to those with developmental disabilities. Aid to individuals amounts to the highest categorical percentage increase in spending at 6.1%.

As always, please contact me, administrative aide, Katie Wattermann, or legislative aide, Tom Venzor, with questions or thoughts at (402) 471-2728 or e-mail at lbrasch@leg.ne.gov.

Keeping the Good Life Growing in Nebraska,

Senator Lydia Brasch, District 16

News Release

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For More Information:

Tom Venzor, Legislative Aide

Office of Senator Lydia Brasch, District 16

(402) 471-2728

tvenzor@leg.ne.gov

Senator Lydia Brasch Invites Students to Youth Legislature

High school students are invited to take on the role of state senators at the Unicameral Youth Legislature June 7-10. At the State Capitol, student senators will sponsor bills, conduct committee hearings, debate legislation and discover the unique process of the nation’s only unicameral.

The Unicameral Youth Legislature gives behind-the-scenes access to students who have an interest in public office, government, politics, law, public policy, debate or public speaking. Students will learn about the inner workings of the Legislature directly from senators and staff.

Senator Brasch is “excited to extend such an opportunity to the young people of District 16.” She continued: “The youth legislature provides students with great insight and valuable educational experiences about the Unicameral in a 3 day mock-reality setting in the Capitol. It is my hope this experience inspires our youth to see a leadership role, be it as a future State Senator or community leader working to benefit and protect others.”

Registrants are encouraged to apply for a Speaker Greg Adams Civic Scholarship award, which covers the full cost of admission. Applicants must submit a short essay. Other $100 scholarships are also available.

The Office of the Clerk of the Nebraska Legislature coordinates the Unicameral Youth Legislature. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Extension 4-H Youth Development Office coordinates housing and recreational activities as part of the Big Red Summer Camps program.

To learn more about the program, go to www.NebraskaLegislature.gov/uyl or call (402)471-0764. The deadline for registration is May 15.

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News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                          

For More Information:

Tom Venzor, Legislative Aide

Office of Senator Lydia Brasch, District 16

(402) 471-2728

tvenzor@leg.ne.gov

Senator Brasch Appointed to Multiple Committees

for the Council of State Governments and National Conference of State Legislatures

State Senator Lydia Brasch of District 16 was recently appointed to a number of committees for the Council of State Governments (CSG) and the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). Senator Carl Marcellino of New York, the 2015 CSG National Chair, congratulated Senator Brasch stating he was “pleased” and “delighted” to have Senator Brasch appointed to three committees by Speaker Galen Hadley of Kearney. Senator Debbie Smith of Nevada, NCSL President, noted she was “pleased to welcome” Senator Brasch in undertaking the “critical work” of the NCSL.

Upon her selection, Senator Brasch responded: “I am truly humbled to have been selected for these committees and look forward to collaborating with senators from other states, as well as policy experts, to better serve District 16 and the State of Nebraska.”

For the CSG, Senator Brasch was appointed to the Interbranch Affairs Committee, Intergovernmental Affairs Committee, and Transportation & Infrastructure Public Policy Committee. For the NCSL, Senator Brasch was appointed to the Law, Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Communications, Financial Services & Interstate Commerce Committee, and the Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee.

The CSG is “a region-based forum that fosters the exchange of insights and ideas to help state officials shape public policy.” The NCSL seeks to “improve the quality and effectiveness of state legislatures” and “ensure state legislatures a strong, cohesive voice in the federal system.”

The Interbranch Affairs Committee is dedicated to reviewing and monitoring major interbranch issues between the judicial, executive, and legislative branches and seeks to foster collaboration and understanding between these branches. The Intergovernmental Affairs Branch Committee focuses on issues of federalism which concern the relationship between the federal and state government and helps to set an agenda on these issues. The Transportation & Infrastructure Public Policy Committee provides a forum to address emerging challenges and issues arising from dynamic transportation and infrastructure policy conditions in states with a focus on emerging trends and innovative and effective solutions.

The Law, Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee addresses issues relating to constitutional law, civil rights, liability issues, within the criminal justice system with a focus on protecting against state sovereignty. The Communications, Financial Services & Interstate Commerce Committee is responsible for protecting states’ interests in federal decisions regarding electronic commerce, banking, insurance, taxation, and other issues. The Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee discusses issues related to energy, environment, agriculture and transportation programs.

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The Legislature adjourned for the week on Thursday, April 23, leaving only 21 working days this session. Bills not heard but advanced out of committee will return to the floor in January 2016 creating a heavier workload in the short 60-day session. As we return for Day 70, the budget is required by statute to be placed on General File and passed no later than Day 80 (May 14). The constitutional duty to pass the budget is a great responsibility as we seek to be good stewards of the tax dollars of our fellow hard-working Nebraskans. With much work to accomplish, we will begin “late night or long day sessions” beginning April 28.

Several bills are worth noting this week. First, LB423 advanced to second round of debate. LB423 provides state-level production tax credits for renewable energy facilities. The bill provides a 1-cent tax credit for every kilowatt hour of power produced. The tax credit decreases over the next two years and terminates in ten years. LB423 also requires an annual report allowing the Legislature to analyze its effectiveness.

I supported LB423 for a couple reasons. First, we must support all forms of energy. In our area, we have the nuclear power plant in Fort Calhoun and Olean Energy in Dodge which produces energy from methane derived from hog manure. As sound practice, the state should diversify its energy sources to include renewables. While blessed with cost-effective public power, there is a need to utilize alternative energy. Second, LB423 directly benefits our district as we have two wind farm sites in Burt County. These energy investment opportunities provide rural economic development, create local jobs, and help lower property taxes.

LB294 also advanced to second round. LB294 strengthens criminal and civil statutes regarding human trafficking. Human trafficking is defined as recruiting, harboring, transporting, obtaining, or exploiting one human being by another through force, fraud, or coercion into some form of exploitation. Two common forms of human trafficking occur in commercial sex and labor exploitation. An estimated 36 million people, mostly women and children, are enslaved by the evil of human trafficking. LB294 is an important step increasing public awareness as well as offering legal means for obstructing and ending this silent evil. I encourage you to become more aware of this injustice happening not only around the world but in our own state.

LB360 which offers revisions to the Commercial Dog and Cat Operator Inspection Act also advanced to second round. Among other things, LB360 clarifies that the Nebraska Department of Agriculture can intervene against significant threats to the health and safety of dogs and cats. LB360 also provides procedures for handling incidents of animal cruelty, such as impounding or forfeiture. While concerns were raised, the bill strikes an important balance between breeders, animal welfare advocates, and the state’s authority to maintain public health.

Also, for our Pastors, there are ten more days available to serve as volunteer Chaplain of the Day for the Legislature. Please let our office know if you would like to lead us in prayer and offer God’s blessing upon the Unicameral.

As always, please contact me, administrative aide, Katie Wattermann, or legislative aide, Tom Venzor, with questions or thoughts at (402)471-2728 or e-mail at lbrasch@leg.ne.gov.

Keeping the Good Life Growing in Nebraska,

Senator Lydia Brasch, District 16

This week at the Legislature marked Days 62 through 65 of our 90-day session. Two key items are worth mentioning from this week’s business.

First, and with great disappointment, it has become clear the Revenue Committee has no interest in supporting my priority bill (LB350) to reduce the valuation of agricultural and horticultural land from 75% to 65% for the purposes of property taxation. Currently, LB350 is one vote short of advancing out of committee. The objection of some rural Senators is the lack of benefit LB350 would provide their districts. Despite efforts to add an amendment providing state aid funding for their rural school districts which do not receive any state aid, there continues to be a lack of support by these rural Senators. Notably, the Department of Revenue just released its Property Assessment Report for 2014-2015 indicating a nearly 20% average statewide increase in property tax valuations for agricultural land.

Second, this week largely focused on prison reform and the death penalty. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the Legislature debated LB605, LB598, and LB173. These bills are considered the prison reform bills and respond to the prison overcrowding issue which is a major concern.

As amended, LB605 would restore a state law requiring the minimum sentence for a serious felony be no longer than one-third the length of the maximum sentence. In addition, LB173 would eliminate mandatory minimum sentences for several felonies and restrict the use of enhanced penalties for habitual criminals to a limited list of violent crimes.

Overall, these bills are concerning. While we unquestionably face a serious problem with prison overcrowding, LB605 and LB173 are not the solution. Rather than be soft on crime, we need to remain tough on violent crimes and habitual criminals. We should address other solutions, such as assisting non-violent criminal’s rehabilitation and their re-entry into society.

LB268 was somberly addressed on Thursday morning. Introduced and prioritized by Senator Chambers, LB268 seeks to repeal the death penalty for first-degree murder and replace it with life imprisonment without parole. LB268 opponents, of which I am a part, insist on the necessity of capital punishment for the most heinous crimes to ensure strict justice is served. In addition, capital punishment provides an effective deterrent to other crimes. As well, our Attorney General offered data refuting the claim prosecution of capital punishment is a cost-burden and financial hardship to the State. Also, in response to affirmations about our God-given human dignity, opponents affirm the State has a unique God-given authority to ensure society is protected from violent criminals, even to the extent of using deadly force.

LB268 advanced to second round with 30 votes. While this is sufficient support to become law and override a Governor’s veto, LB268 needs 33 votes to override a filibuster. I voted against the repeal of the death penalty—the need for capital punishment is a rare but necessary tool for our civil society.

As always, please contact me, administrative aide, Katie Wattermann, or legislative aide, Tom Venzor, with questions or thoughts at (402)471-2728 or e-mail at lbrasch@leg.ne.gov.

Keeping the Good Life Growing in Nebraska,

Senator Lydia Brasch, District 16

 

With the end of the week, Friday, April 10, the legislature entered our final thirty days of session. This week also marked the third full week of all-day floor debate and, when not stalled, things are beginning to move in full force. We discussed a number of key concerns in debate this week such as tax relief, foster parenting, economic development, and Medicaid expansion.

The Medicaid Redesign Act (LB472) was debated on Wednesday afternoon. While the intention of LB472 to “increase economic efficiencies and better serve all Nebraskans in the medical assistance program” seems ideal, the floor debate exposed crucial bill flaws. LB472 would have added approximately 54,000 additional Nebraskans to Medicaid at a cost to the state of nearly half a billion dollars beyond the limited Federal funding. While I support the need to provide effective medical services at lower costs, LB472 is simply economically unsustainable. After it was clear LB472 had insufficient support, the bill was bracketed which means the issue can no longer be debated during this session.

LB414 also received significant attention. LB414 exempts fraternal benefit societies from property taxes. Discussion on this bill revolved around two issues. First, LB414 was criticized as special interest legislation to satisfy a fraternal benefit organization from Omaha, Woodmen of the World. Second, there was considerable conversation regarding the Legislature’s priority efforts on property tax relief. Many Senators, including myself, expressed the need to address property tax relief for our farmers and ranchers.

LB449 was also discussed and easily advanced to second round of debate. LB449 changes provisions of the Business Innovation Act and the Nebraska Visitors Development Act. LB449 was prioritized by the Appropriations Committee. It was also amended to include LB569 which is a bill I introduced. LB569 modifies certain provisions of the Business Innovation Act and gives the Department of Economic Development greater flexibility to fund several programs supporting development of Nebraska-based technology and innovation in both rural and urban communities.

Finally, LB623 was considered by the Transportation and Telecommunications Committee in an executive session. I serve as vice-chair of the committee. LB623 addresses granting a drivers license to those brought here by illegal immigrant parents as a child. These children are now teenagers and young adults and have been granted deferred action by an executive agency. LB623 would grant them ‘lawful status’ for the purposes of operators licenses and ID cards. Every other state has already extended some form of drivers license or state ID benefit. LB623 received the five votes necessary to advance to the whole legislature. I was present but did not vote because of my strong belief and support of legal immigration. However, due to sincere compassion for those in this situation I withheld strict opposition to the bill. I cannot fully support LB623 because I believe we have an obligation to pass state laws that uphold legal paths of immigration which many others lawfully and patiently follow.

As always, please contact me, administrative aide, Katie Wattermann, or legislative aide, Tom Venzor, with questions or thoughts at (402)471-2728 or e-mail at lbrasch@leg.ne.gov.

Keeping the Good Life Growing in Nebraska,

Senator Lydia Brasch, District 16

With the last day of business for the week, Thursday, April 2, the Unicameral closed Day 57 of this 90-day session. Moving forward, time is truly of the essence. Earlier this week, Speaker Galen Hadley addressed the Legislature urging us to be prudent with remaining debate time. Basically, his point was directed at senators choosing to use floor time to talk about other bills or topics unrelated to the bill being debated. While the Legislature has a constitutional obligation to pass a budget this session, many important bills are at risk of not reaching floor debate before Day 90.

This week the Legislature discussed a couple important bills. Many from District 16 contacted me about these bills. The first bill, LB106, intended to create the Livestock Operation Siting and Expansion Act. The original LB106 directed the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (DOA) to develop an assessment matrix to be used by county officials when determining whether to approve an application for a livestock operation siting permit.

There was both substantial support and opposition of LB106. The opposition viewed LB106 as stripping local control from county officials regarding planning and zoning decisions for livestock operation siting and expansion. The supporters viewed LB106 as economic opportunity and being considered “a more livestock friendly state.” Many amendments were offered during a lengthy and robust debate. The amendment adopted resolved most issues raised by opposition.

The second bill, LB610, increases the fixed motor fuels tax rate by 1.5 cents every year for four years, leading to a 6 cent total increase. The supporting argument for raising the ‘gas tax’ was the need to provide additional funding for roads and bridges across the State. The majority of our District expressed opposition to this bill or raising any taxes, with only a small number of constituents wanting a gas tax believing it will expedite long awaited road and bridge repair funding, especially at the county level.

I opposed LB610 for several reasons. First, I am against a tax increase and, as stated, this is the consensus of the District. The major concern I hear with taxes is the need to lower taxes, especially with regard to property taxes. Second, Governor Ricketts is in the process of hiring a new director for the Department of Roads. The new director should have the opportunity to assess the needs of the State rather than defend a ‘gas tax’ increase. Third, in 2011, the Legislature passed LB84 (Build Nebraska Act) which reassigned a quarter of a percent of sales tax receipts for the State Highway Capital Improvement Fund (Nebraska Department of Roads) and Highway Allocation Fund (Counties and Municipalities). The first disbursement of funds were recently allocated in the fall of 2013. We need time for other funding mechanisms to accomplish their job before we resort to drastic measures such as raising taxes. Notably, LB610 barely received the 25 votes necessary for advancement to second round.

As always, please contact me, administrative aide, Katie Wattermann, or legislative aide, Tom Venzor, with questions or thoughts at (402)471-2728 or e-mail at lbrasch@leg.ne.gov.

Keeping the Good Life Growing in Nebraska,

Senator Lydia Brasch, District 16

Monday, March 23rd, marked the 50th day of the legislative session and the beginning of all day floor debate. The week was full of robust debate with no shortage of controversy.

Thursday debate was largely consumed with recent, unacceptable statements made by Senator Ernie Chambers regarding law enforcement. During a Judiciary Committee Hearing held on March 20th for LB635 providing an additional location where a concealed carry permitholder has the right to carry a concealed handgun, Senator Chambers went on a reckless diatribe equating law enforcement officers with the terrorist group ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria). While Senator Chambers’ comments can sometimes be hyperbolic and politically charged, this time he went too far. Multiple times I urged Senator Chambers to apologize for equating law enforcement with ISIS and statements which could be taken to incite violence and retaliation against law enforcement. Many others Senators did the same.

While many Senators invoked the importance of free speech, I made it clear our liberty of free speech is not about the ability to say whatever we want whenever we want. Rather, our liberty of free speech is connected to the exchange of ideas in pursuit of the truth. With regards to politics, our speech should promote truth for the common good. Additionally, our exercise of free speech can promote good actions, or have consequences inciting harmful reactions.

In this instance, while citing specific cases of abuse of law enforcement power, Senator Chambers did a great disservice to the overwhelming majority of our men and women in blue who serve us well. Although I certainly respect the good things Senator Chambers has done throughout his years of Legislative service, Senator Chambers was out of line and should offer an apology for his infuriating comments. On that note, I want to take a special opportunity to thank all of our law enforcement for their selfless and virtuous service to our communities and state.

The Legislature also debated important issues regarding motorcycle helmet laws, term limits, and organ donation. LB31 would have repealed the motorcycle helmet law, providing the operator the choice whether to wear a helmet. LB31 fell short by nine votes to end debate and provide a vote for advancement.

LR7CA gives voters the opportunity to decide in the 2016 general election whether to extend a state senator’s term from four to six years. The committee amendment offers the question whether state senator’s term limits should be increased from two to three four-year terms. This sparked a discussion over issues such as frequent senator turnover, loss of institutional knowledge, issue familiarity, and the desires of the citizens. LR7CA will receive additional floor debate before it is voted on.

LB47 also received significant attention. LB47 requires applicants for drivers licenses or identification cards to answer the question whether to place their name on the donor registry and donate their organs and tissues at death. Currently, this question is optional. The debate focused on the need for increased organ donors and whether LB47 violates the constitutional right of free speech by mandating an answer regarding organ donation to obtain a drivers license or identification card.

As always, please contact me, administrative aide, Katie Wattermann, or legislative aide, Tom Venzor, with questions or thoughts at (402)471-2728 or e-mail at lbrasch@leg.ne.gov.

Keeping the Good Life Growing in Nebraska,

Senator Lydia Brasch, District 16

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Tom Venzor
Office: 402.471.2728
E-Mail: tvenzor@leg.ne.gov
 

State Treasurer’s 2015 Unclaimed Property Report Published

State Senator Lydia Brasch encourages constituents of District 16 to review State Treasurer Don Stenberg’s 2015 Unclaimed Property Report. Senator Brasch stated that “a large number of District 16 individuals have been pleasantly surprised to discover they indeed had unclaimed property held in trust by the State.” In fact, the State Treasurer’s Office recently featured Rosie Linnenbrink, a constituent from West Point, in their annual published report and on their website.

Upon request from the Office of the State Treasurer, Senator Brasch was able to obtain specific lists of unclaimed property pertaining to each of the counties within District 16: Burt, Cuming, and Washington Counties. According to each individual report, Burt, Cuming, and Washington County total 764, 754, and 2032 total unclaimed properties, respectively.

The State Treasurer’s Unclaimed Property Division is a repository for money and other personal assets considered lost or abandoned. Unclaimed property includes certificates of deposits, checking and savings accounts, commissions, contents of safe deposit boxes, death benefits, and dividends, gift certificates, insurance payments, money orders, paid-up life insurance, refunds, stocks, uncashed checks, unpaid wages. The unclaimed property can be a small dollar amount or even ranging into the hundreds of dollars or more from several combined smaller amounts found.

The Unclaimed Property Report is scheduled to be published in 16 Nebraska newspapers, as required by State Statute, during March and early April. Currently, the State Treasurer’s Office holds more than $135 million in property for more than 350,000. In 2014, the State Treasurer returned more than $11.7 million to more than 16,000 owners and plans to return even more in 2015.

If you would like to obtain a copy of the entire Unclaimed Property Report, you may contact the State Treasurer’s Office at 402.471.2455 or check for unclaimed property at any time online at http://treasurer.nebraska.gov.

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Sen. Lydia Brasch

District 16
Room #1022
P.O. Box 94604
Lincoln, NE 68509
Phone: (402) 471-2728
Email: lbrasch@leg.ne.gov
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