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Sen. Brett Lindstrom

Sen. Brett Lindstrom

District 18

March Update

March 10th, 2017

Time continues to march on and as sure as winter turns to spring this 105th session of the legislature continues to move forward. We are now  two months in and will soon reach the halfway point.   On Tuesday I introduced my final bill for this session in the Banking, Commerce and Insurance Committee and other committees are getting near the end as well.

The Revenue Committee will continue to hear bills through March 22nd, just shy of the March 23rd deadline for hearing all introduced bills, and the Nebraska Retirement Systems Committee only has a few confirmation hearings left.  Once committees wind down the Legislature begins all-day floor debate on March 28th.

This week Senators and Committees submitted their requests for priority bills and for Speaker priority bills.  I requested a priority designation be given to LB337 introduced by Senator Smith on behalf of Governor Ricketts.  Speaker Scheer will let us know on March 13th the 25 bills he has chosen for Speaker Priorities.  I believe it is safe to say at this point that if a bill does not have a priority designation or is not approved for consent calendar,  it most likely will not be heard this session.

So far, bills that I have co-sponsored have had success.  LB 45 allowing military honor license plates has been passed and approved by the Governor,  LB407 to create a task force to address issues in Whiteclay was heard on the floor this week, and LB576 which will freeze property tax increases for two years was heard in Revenue on March 9th.

As always it continues to be my great honor to represent the people of District 18 in the Nebraska legislature.

Sincerely,

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The end of a long week

February 10th, 2017

From abolishing the social security tax and protecting children, to protecting our veteran’s benefits and tackling a $900 million budget shortfall there has been plenty to keep the legislature on its toes this week in committees but we’re still just getting started.

Tuesday evening, my fellow Senators on the Nebraska Retirement Systems Committee and I were here past 8 pm to conduct a hearing regarding retirement for our police and firemen.  The next night, my colleagues and I on the Revenue Committee were here just as late to hear bills presented on tax reform for the state, and I know other committees are here past dark on a daily basis.  I can tell you that we are listening to you and are committed to putting in long hours to best serve you.  Don’t hesitate to reach out to my office if you need information or have a concern.

Sincerely,

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January Summary

January 27th, 2017

January is coming to a close and with it comes the close of the first month of the 105th legislative session. While the body has not been without controversy during this time the Banking, Commerce and Insurance Committee has been working hard and to advance eight bills to general file.

Bills advanced to general file:

LB 17:  Change and eliminate provisions of the Real Property Appraiser Act and the Nebraska Appraisal Management Company Registration Act

LB 35:  Change provisions relating to the Nebraska Model Business Corporation Act

LB 138: Provides for transfer of business interests under uniform transfer-on-death security registration

LB 142: Redefine effective financing statement and change provisions relating to the master lien list with respect to farm product security interests

LB 184: Changes provisions relating to loan brokerage agreements, disclosure documents and rights to cancel.

LB 185:  Provides procedure and notice requirements and powers and duties for the Department of Banking and Finance with respect to certain abandoned license applications

LB 186: Change provisions relating to licensee surety bonds under the Nebraska Money Transmitters Act

LB 140: Change provisions relating to the Nebraska Banking Act, Department of Banking and Finance powers and duties, and other financial institution regulation.

Four of the bills I introduced have gone through the Banking, Commerce and Insurance Committee and have advanced to General File as listed above (138, 184, 185 and 186.)   We’ve also begun work on passing LB 388 to update Nebraska’s notary law and make us national leaders in this area.

Remote notary:

This bill would allow remote notarization in which a document can be notarized online while connected to a notary via face-time technology.  Virginia and Montana are currently the only states which use remote notary and we will continue to work for Nebraska to join this group on the cutting edge of notary technology.

As always serving the citizens of Nebraska, and especially those of District 18, remains the sole focus of my days spent here in the Capitol.  Thank you for the opportunity to serve.

Sincerely,

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A promising beginning

January 13th, 2017

Now that the session has started and bills are flying though our halls at breakneck speed it’s time to reach out and keep you informed of what’s happening here, and, to make sure you never forget that my purpose here in the Legislature is to serve your interests.

With that said, I’d like to inform you of a few developments that I hope you will find useful.

Committee Information:  I have been elected Chairman of the Banking, Commerce, and Insurance Committee and will also serve as Vice Chairman of the Nebraska Retirement Systems Committee   and as a member of the Revenue Committee.

Our office has moved: We have been relocated to the Banking, Commerce and Insurance Committee office in room 1401 near the north entrance of the capitol. So if you ever need to talk to me, that’s where I’ll be.  You can click on this map to view a link of the legislature’s floor plan if you need further assistance. 

Helpful hints: When contacting the office, please state the bill number or issue you’re concerned with and remember to add your name, address and contact information to give us the information we need to engage with you and address your concerns.

Tracking votes in real time: For those of you paying close attention to the happenings in the Unicameral, there has been a development which I hope you will find useful. You will now be able to track  senators’ votes on particular bills in close to real time.

  • From the Nebraska Legislature homepage, you can click on the “Chamber Viewer” and “view bill” to see what’s happening with any bill currently on the floor, or you can search current bills by number. This will let you see votes on any bill introduced during the session.

The 105th Session of the Legislature has only just begun, and already it’s shaping up to be the eventful session many outside observers predicted that it would be. Next week will see the beginning of hearings, general file debate and the end of bill introduction, so things will only speed up from here.

No matter what’s going on in the legislature though, I will never forget the reason I am here, and that is to represent the people of District 18 and provide the inspired leadership Nebraska needs to defend our strongly held principles and ensure the future of our state.

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Welcome

January 3rd, 2017

Thank you for visiting my website. It is an honor to represent the people of the 18th legislative district in the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature.

You’ll find my contact information on the right side of this page, as well as a list of the bills I’ve introduced this session and the committees on which I serve. Please feel free to contact me and my staff about proposed legislation or any other issues you would like to address.

 

Sincerely,
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Sen. Brett Lindstrom

Sen. Brett Lindstrom

District 18
Room #1401
P.O. Box 94604
Lincoln, NE 68509
Phone: (402) 471-2618
Email: blindstrom@leg.ne.gov
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