Happy Spring District 18!
Wow, these last five months have flown by really fast! With a shortened session and large number of important issues to address in the Legislature, it has already come and gone. There were a number of bills that I successfully passed this year, so I’d like to share some of the things I was able to accomplish.
In total, 10 of my bills were either passed or amended into other bills and passed, all of which were met with the Governor’s support. There were two bills this year that stood out to me as some of the most important: LB750 and LB906. LB750 has been called the “Whistleblower Bill,” which ensures that the identity of medical professionals such as nurses and dental hygienists are kept confidential when they report unethical or illegal behavior. LB906 supports our brave men and women in blue, giving them tuition waivers of up to 30% so that they may advance their careers and stay on the top of their field.
I’m proud to have sponsored LB1017 as well, which addresses the “brain drain” that our great state has faced. This bill encourages businesses to hire interns at any stage in college, and even gives the opportunity for students returning home for the summer to pick up an internship, or for students attending neighboring colleges like Iowa Western in Council Bluffs to do so.
Last year I brought LB385, which protects renters if they face threats of bodily harm or hazards to their health from their neighbors. The bill was passed this year, allowing landowners and property managers to ensure the safety of all their residents.
I also brought some technical bills under the Banking, Commerce & Insurance Committee: LB751, 771, and 819. The bills focus on oversight and corporate governance for the banking & finance sectors in Nebraska’s economy. These bills are essential to ensure that the institutions handling Nebraskans’ hard earned money act in the most responsible way possible and are able to interact in an environment that lets them remain competitive in today’s market.
In addition to the banking & finance bills, I was also able to pass LB783 and LB897. LB783 simplifies the fleet registration process for public power utilities, who have a large amount of administrative work to do for each of their vehicles. LB897 will help stabilize input prices for public power utilities to ensure that they consistently provide the lowest cost electricity rates possible.
For all our wine connoisseurs, beer lovers, and liquor maestros out there, LB748 allows you to order direct from online retailers more of the spirits and drinks you love. As always, please drink responsibly!
A lot has occurred the past few months and I am proud to say that I have been part of an effort to improve the lives of the citizens of District 18. Nebraskans understand the value of hard work and small steps towards large goals. The bills I have passed over the course of the 2016 session are all part of my effort to represent you well. I look forward to serving you for the next 6 years, and would love to hear from you.
Senator Brett Lindstrom