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Sen. Lydia Brasch

Sen. Lydia Brasch

District 16

Sen. Fischer, former Gov. Orr to join the September 22-23 announcement tour

LINCOLN – Today, the Office of Governor Pete Ricketts announced that the Governor will travel the state to unveil new infrastructure priorities identified by the Nebraska Department of Roads (NDOR).

U.S. Senator Deb Fischer will travel with the Governor for Friday’s events.  Former Nebraska Governor Kay Orr will join the announcement tour for both days.  Additionally, State Senators Jim Smith of Papillion and Lydia Brasch of Bancroft will appear in Lincoln and West Point respectfully.

Over the last several months, NDOR has held public input events to identify new infrastructure priorities to receive funding from the Build Nebraska Act (BNA) and the Transportation Innovation Act (TIA).  The BNA, championed by Senator Fischer during her time in the Unicameral, set aside a quarter cent of existing Nebraska sales tax revenues for roads construction.  The TIA, one of Governor Ricketts’ top legislative priorities in 2016, commits funding to complete the expressway system originally envisioned by Governor Orr.  The projects announced at these events will be funded by the BNA and the TIA.

At each stop, Governor Ricketts and others will deliver brief comments highlighting the new project priorities.  The public is invited to attend any of the following stops.

Thursday, September 22

9:00 a.m.          Lincoln News Conference, Governor’s Hearing Room, Nebraska State Capitol, LINCOLN

Note: The Lincoln news conference will be livestreamed.  Click here to watch.

3:00 p.m.          Remarks, Rural Futures Regional Forum, Nielsen Community Center, 200 Anna Stalp Avenue, WEST POINT

3:30 p.m.          Media Availability, Nielsen Community Center, 200 Anna Stalp Avenue, WEST POINT

 

Friday, September 23

10:45 a.m.        Remarks, League of Nebraska Municipalities Conference, Holiday Inn, 110 S. 2nd Avenue, KEARNEY

11:15 a.m.        Media Availability, Holiday Inn, 110 S. 2nd Avenue, KEARNEY

2:00 p.m.          North Platte News Conference, State Patrol Building, 300 West South River Road, NORTH PLATTE

 

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Taylor Gage

Public Relations Director

Office of Governor Pete Ricketts

402-471-1970 (office)

402-499-8351 (mobile)

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News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

The Clerk’s Office of the Nebraska Legislature is Now Accepting

Applications for Legislative Page Positions

The application process for selecting pages for the 2017 Legislative Session is now underway in the Clerk’s Office at the Nebraska Legislature. “Working as a page provides a unique opportunity to assist legislators throughout the session,” said Senator Brasch. She continued, “Pages are privileged to work on the Floor of the Legislature during debate and interact with senators. The experience acquired will equip students for a variety of career fields. In my six years as senator, several college students from District 16 have worked as pages.”

Legislative pages are local college students employed by the Legislature to respond to senators’ requests for assistance on the Legislative Floor, answer incoming calls to the Legislative Chamber, and possibly assist in committee hearings. The deadline for submitting an application is Monday, October 3, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. A letter of recommendation from your state senator is encouraged. College students from District 16 requesting a letter of recommendation from Senator Brasch should contact our office at (402) 471-2728 or lbrasch@leg.ne.gov.

Applications are available at the Clerk of the Legislature’s Office, Room 2018, State Capitol, 1445 K Street. For further information on the application process, please contact the Office of the Clerk of the Legislature at (402) 471-2271 or Kitty Kearns at (402) 471-0617, or email Kitty at kkearns@leg.ne.gov.

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News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For more information:
Brett Waite, Legislative Aide
Office of Senator Lydia Brasch, District 16
(402) 471-2728
bwaite@leg.ne.gov

 

Join Senator Lydia Brasch and Governor Pete Ricketts for a Town Hall in Blair, NE

Senator Lydia Brasch and Governor Pete Ricketts will be hosting a town hall together in Blair on Monday, August 8, 2016, and the public are invited to attend. “This will be a great opportunity for the constituents of District 16 to voice their concerns directly to me, as well as the Governor,” said Senator Brasch.

The details for the town hall are as follows:

  • 1:30 p.m. at the Memorial Community Hospital & Health System, 810 N 22nd, Blair, NE.

Questions about event details can be directed to Brett Waite at (402) 471-2728.

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Press Release

March 4th, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Brett Waite,

Legislative Aide to Senator Brasch

Office: (402) 471-2728

E-Mail: bwaite@leg.ne.gov

 

State Treasurer’s 2016 Unclaimed Property Report Published

State Senator Lydia Brasch encourages constituents of District 16 to review State Treasurer Don Stenberg’s 2016 Unclaimed Property Report. Many individuals from District 16 have been pleasantly surprised to discover they indeed had unclaimed property held in trust by the State.

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, dividends, gift certificates, insurance payments, money orders, paid-up life insurance, refunds, stocks, uncashed checks, and unpaid wages. The unclaimed property may be a small dollar amount or could be in 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 statute, throughout March and early April. The State Treasurer’s Office holds more than $170 million in property for 350,000 Nebraskans. In 2015, the State Treasurer returned more than $11.8 million to more than 15,000 owners and plans to return even more in 2016.

March 6 – Omaha World Herald and Scottsbluff Star-Herald

March 19 – Norfolk Daily News, Beatrice Daily Sun, Fremont Tribune, York News-Times, and   Columbus Telegram

March 20 – Lincoln Journal Star

April 1 – Holdrege Citizen, McCook Gazette, and Sydney Sun-Telegraph

April 2 – Alliance Times-Herald, Hastings Tribune, and Kearney Hub

April 3 – Grand Island Independent and North Platte Telegraph

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 https://treasurer.nebraska.gov/.

 

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News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For more information:
Brett Waite, Legislative Aide
Office of Senator Lydia Brasch, District 16
(402) 471-2728
bwaite@leg.ne.gov

Senator Lydia Brasch Invites You to Attend: DISTRICT 16 TOWN HALL MEETINGS – Monday, November 2

Senator Lydia Brasch will host town hall meetings November 2 in Blair and Tekamah to listen to constituents’ views considering legislation to introduce, support, or oppose prior to session commencing. Officials from the Nebraska Department of Roads (NDOR) will also be present to provide updates on area roads projects.

Blair

9:00am to 10:30am at the Blair City Council Chamber, 218 South 16th St.

Tekamah

1:00pm to 2:30pm at the Tekamah Public Library, 204 South 13th St.

Questions about event details can be directed to Brett at 402-471-2728 or bwaite@leg.ne.gov.

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News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For more information:
Brett Waite, Legislative Aide
Office of Senator Lydia Brasch, District 16
(402) 471-2728
bwaite@leg.ne.gov

Join Senator Lydia Brasch and Governor Pete Ricketts for a Town Hall in West Point, NE

Senator Lydia Brasch and Governor Pete Ricketts will be hosting a town hall together in West Point on Tuesday, September 29, 2015, and the public is invited to attend.

This is a great opportunity for the constituents of District 16 to voice their concerns directly to their Senator as well as to the Governor.

The details for the town hall are as follows:

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Nielsen Community Center, 200 Anna Stalp Ave.

Questions about event details can be directed to Brett at 402-471-2728.

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Unicameral Page Program

September 18th, 2015

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 Encourages District 16 College Students to Apply for Unicameral Page Program

Senator Brasch encourages college students from Legislative District 16 to apply for the Unicameral Page Program and experience the distinguished opportunity to work in the Nebraska Legislature and represent his or her hometown and District 16. Senator Brasch appreciates the opportunity to meet applicants and provide a letter of recommendation for the position. “To be a legislative page,” said Senator Brasch, “is a privileged opportunity and provides every college student a unique occasion to be part of the legislative process and witness how our State’s unicameral functions.”

The Nebraska Clerk of the Legislature is accepting applications for legislative pages for the 2016 legislative session. Legislative pages are local college students employed by the legislature to respond to senators’ requests for assistance on the legislative floor, answer incoming calls to the chamber and prepare for and assist with committee hearings. The deadline for submitting an application and a letter of recommendation is Wednesday, September 30th at 5:00 p.m.

Please contact Senator Brasch with questions at (402) 471-2728 or lbrasch@leg.ne.gov.  For a page application please contact the Clerk’s Office at 402-471-2271.

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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

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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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 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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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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