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Sen. Lydia Brasch

Sen. Lydia Brasch

District 16

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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 Deseret Health Group has now withdrawn care of all four of its facilities in Nebraska.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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Press Release

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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Contact: Joe Neuhaus                                                                FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Office: 402-471-2728
Email: jneuhaus@leg.ne.gov

Senator Lydia Brasch Invites You to Attend:
DISTRICT 16 TOWN HALL MEETINGS – THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4

Senator Lydia Brasch will host town hall meetings December 4 in Blair, Tekamah, and West Point to listen to constituents’ views in 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 roads projects.

Blair

8:00am to 9:30am City Council Chamber, 218 S 16th St Coffee will be provided. NDOR Representatives scheduled to attend:

  • Roads District 2 Engineer Tim Weander
  • Hwy 133 Project Manager Rich Zelensky
  • District Construction Engineer Marvin Lech
  • Communications Director Mary Jo Oie
  • Government Affairs Director Andy Cunningham

Tekamah

12:00pm to 1:30pm Burt County Courthouse, Basement Meeting Room, 111 N 13th St Sandwiches and drinks will be provided. NDOR Representatives scheduled to attend:

  • Roads District 3 Engineer Kevin Domogalla
  • Communications Director Mary Jo Oie
  • Government Affairs Director Andy Cunningham

West Point

4:30pm to 6:00pm City Council Chamber, 444 S Main St Refreshments will be provided. NDOR Representatives scheduled to attend:

  • Roads District 3 Engineer Kevin Domogalla
  • Communications Director Mary Jo Oie
  • Government Affairs Director Andy Cunningham

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Interim Update

November 20th, 2014

In just over seven weeks, the 104th Legislature will convene with 17 new senators beginning their tenure, along with a newly elected governor, attorney general, and state auditor. I will also be starting my second term representing District 16. The Capitol is once again filled with increased activity preparing for the upcoming session. This interim has been especially busy and challenging, but fulfilling.

I was heartened by our community spirit witnessed when, like countless others, I worked in various capacities following multiple natural disasters. Becoming whole once again to some may have seemed very distant or unachievable from the mounds of broken glass caused by damaging baseball sized hail to twisted metal silos, feedyards relentlessly beaten beyond recognition, countless piles of uprooted trees that once stood tall, and scattered remnants of homes and farmsteads left behind from devastating tornadoes. Yet today, one sees where determination and strong will prevailed as communities are rebuilding ever stronger and more resilient.

Thankfully, most received enough rain over the summer to pull out of prior drought conditions. Despite weather related setbacks a successful harvest has been completed or nears completion as we wait for the snow and frigid temperatures to subside.

As in years before much of my time was spent visiting or working with constituents of District 16. In the 151 work days since adjournment, I attended over 150 district events, including:

  • Our three County fairs, with 11 parades;
  • An annual ride-along review of District 16’s Game and Parks land;
  • Two annual Road Department ride-alongs (I even operated the concrete paver equipment!); plus
  • Multiple grand openings/ribbon cuttings or constituent meetings.

In September, I was honored to be chosen among 48 policymakers nationwide to participate in the prestigious Henry Toll Fellowship Program coordinated by the Council of State Governments in Lexington, Kentucky. I learned additional skills to effectively advocate for my constituents and navigate and build sound agency relationships for best results for legislation. I also gained valuable advice and a new network of 47 Fellow leaders from coast to coast.

A number of important issues we responded to include:

  • The proposed rule change to the Definition of the Waters of the United States by the EPA;
  • Various Army Corp of Engineer projects along the Missouri River which disregard landowners’ property rights; and
  • Multiple Department of Roads issues.

I look forward to building upon my work and the privilege to once again serve our district and state. We are scheduling Town Hall meetings on December 4 in each county seat to listen to constituents’ views in considering legislation to introduce, support or oppose prior to session commencing January 7, 2015. We also invited representatives from the Nebraska Department of Roads to join us for an update of district projects underway.

If you have any concerns or questions, please contact me and my office via email at lbrasch@leg.ne.gov or via phone at 402-471-2728; or stop by Room 1016 if you are at the Capitol.

Keeping the Good Life growing in Nebraska,

Lydia Brasch
Senator, District 16

For more information: Joe Neuhaus                                          FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Office: 402-471-2728
Email: jneuhaus@leg.ne.gov

NEBRASKA LEGISLATURE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARING ON FINANCING OPTIONS FOR GAME AND PARKS COMMISSION
Wednesday, December 11, 2013

District 16 State Senator Lydia Brasch, Vice-Chair of the Natural Resources Committee, wants to inform citizens of a public interim hearing scheduled tomorrow, Wednesday, December 11 addressing Legislative Resolution 205. LR 205 was introduced by Senator Bill Avery as an interim study to examine the mission and financing options of the Game and Parks Commission as authorized by current law. “This is an opportunity for citizens to express their views and suggest alternatives for State Park Funding. We have received calls, emails, letters and inquiries regarding future funding for our State Parks,” Senator Brasch states.

The resolution and hearing provides a means of gathering more information regarding Avery’s Legislative Bill 362, which, according to the committee statement, “would eliminate the permit that Nebraska residents are now required to purchase for entry into state parks and would place a $7 registration fee on certain motor vehicles to replace the revenue from the permit fees. The bill would provide open access to state parks for all Nebraska residents, and would provide a revenue stream to be used for repairs, updates and maintenance of state park facilities. Non-residents would still be required to purchase park entry permits.”

Citizens in Washington, Burt, and Cuming counties have expressed both opposition to and support of replacing a park entry fee with a vehicle registration fee. All those interested in the outcome of the issue are encouraged to attend the public hearing to be held:

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 – 1:00 p.m.
State Capitol, Room 1525
1445 K Street
Lincoln, NE 68508
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For more information: Joe Neuhaus                                          FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Office: 402-471-2728
Email: jneuhaus@leg.ne.gov

SENATOR LYDIA BRASCH TO HOLD DISTRICT 16 TOWN HALL MEETINGS

Friday, November 22, 2013

District 16 State Senator Lydia Brasch will host town hall meetings to provide a legislative update, discuss legislation, and listen to the thoughts of citizens in Washington, Burt, and Cuming counties. All meetings will take place Friday, November 22, 2013. Senator Brasch is also extending invitations to state agency and federal field representatives to discuss new information and answer frequently asked questions by District 16 constituents.* Senator Brasch looks forward to hearing from constituents and encourages all interested citizens to attend.

Washington County:
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Blair City Hall, City Council Chambers
218 South 16th Street, Blair, NE
*Nebraska Department of Roads Project Manager, Rich Zelensky, will be in attendance to provide an update on highway improvement projects in the area.

Burt County:
1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Burt County Courthouse Conference Room, 1st Floor
11 North 13th Street, Tekamah, NE

Cuming County:
4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
West Point Municipal Building, City Council Chamber
444 South Main Street, West Point, NE

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(Lincoln, NE) October 23, 2012 – District 16 State Senator Lydia Brasch will host a public meeting regarding current and future roads projects in Cuming County. Officials from the Nebraska Department of Roads (NDOR) will be present to explain maintenance and construction plans in the region and address questions from the public. This is Senator Brasch’s third District 16 meeting with NDOR during the legislative interim to discuss important highway concerns among residents.

“Quality roads impact all citizens, and I believe it is important for the public to be able to ask questions and be informed of Cuming County and District 16 maintenance and construction plans during all stages of work,” said Senator Brasch.

Senator Brasch looks forward to the discussion and encourages all interested citizens to attend the meeting to be held:

Monday, November 5, 2012

5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Nielsen Community Center

200 Anna Stalp Avenue, West Point, NE

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(Lincoln, NE) October 10, 2012 – District 16 State Senator Lydia Brasch will host a public meeting regarding the recently announced widening of Nebraska Highway 133 between Blair and Omaha.  Officials from the Nebraska Department of Roads will be present to explain construction plans and address questions from the public.  Construction from a two-lane to four-lane highway was announced by Governor Heineman on September 12, 2012, and is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2013.

Because this highway project is of greatest importance to citizens of District 16, Blair, and Washington County, I believe it is also important for the public to be able to ask questions and be informed of the construction plans from beginning to completion,” said Senator Brasch.

Senator Brasch looks forward to the discussion and encourages all interested citizens to attend the meeting to be held:

Monday, October 29, 2012

5:30- 7:00 p.m.

Blair City Hall – City Council Chambers

218 South 16th Street, Blair

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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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