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Sen. Jim Scheer

Sen. Jim Scheer

District 19

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Capitol Update 2.20.13
March 1st, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Katie Linehan

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 Phone: 402-471-2929

Senator Scheer’s Capitol Update


Lincoln, NE – Greetings District 19 constituents. Six weeks ago today, I started my term as your State Senator with the commencement of the 103rd Nebraska Legislature. It is my privilege to represent the people of the 19th District. I look forward to continuing to learn about the intricacies of the legislative process and how to become the most effective representative possible.

Today I would like to talk about the committee hearing process. When a Senator introduces a bill, it is assigned to a committee and a public hearing is scheduled. In the coming week, three of the bills I introduced will be heard in committee. LB 468 is before the Revenue Committee on Friday, LB 312 is before the Banking, Commerce and Insurance Committee on Monday, and LB 512 is before the Education Committee on Monday as well.

All committee hearings are open to the public. After the Senator sponsoring the bill introduces it to the members of the committee, proponent, opponent and neutral testifiers are invited to make a statement. If someone chooses to testify, that person is subject to questioning by the members of the committee. When no testifiers remain, the Senator is invited to make a closing statement. Like all testifiers, the Senator is subject to questioning by the committee. Bill sponsors and testifiers cannot question members of the committee during this process. After the sponsor finishes his or her closing remarks and answers any questions, the hearing on the bill closes.

During a single day, a committee often hears multiple bills. Some committee hearings last a couple of hours, others last several hours. Any member of the public may attend a hearing and any member of the public may testify on a bill. To testify, most committees require that the testifier fill out a simple form. Those forms are available in the hearing room on the day of the hearing.

We invite you to look at the bills that have been introduced this session my visiting Click on a bill to find out if and when the hearing has been scheduled and to which committee the bill has been assigned. Usually, hearings are scheduled at least ten days in advance. Hearings genearlly commence at 1:30 in the afternoon. Again, anyone is welcome to testify on any bill that is before a committee. If our office can be of any assistance to you in learning more about this process or facilitating your involvement at a hearing, please do not hesitate to contact us.



Capitol Update 2.6.13
March 1st, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Katie Linehan

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 Phone: 402-471-2929

Senator Scheer’s Capitol Update


Lincoln, NE – Greetings District 19 constituents. As we approach the one month mark since the commencement of the 103rd Nebraska Legislature, I want to update you on what is happening at the Capitol.


As a Freshman Senator, one of my main objectives is to learn as much as possible about being an effective representative. Senator Flood and his staff have been more than generous in helping me and my staff get acclimated at the Capitol, for which I am very grateful. I am learning a great deal and honored for the opportunity to represent District 19.


During the first ten days of the legislative session, Senators can submit legislative bills. I submitted nine substantive bills this year (and one commemorative bill to recognize achievements of Norfolk Catholic High School). Most of my bills are technical in nature. Basically, they fix unintended consequences of current law by slightly adjusting or amending language. Four of my bills have larger implications: LB 203 would allow NuCor to continue operating as it currently does, without concern that burdensome regulations would eliminate the beneficial use of an intended product of steel manufacturing. We have received broad support for this bill and appreciate the opportunity to promote interests that are vital to our District’s economic stability. LB 312 adds to provisions regarding unfair insurance practices and prevents providers from canceling homeowner policies for weather related losses. LB 468 aims to keep students in Nebraska by offering a tuition-based tax deduction for post secondary graduates. Finally, LB 470 requires greater transparency regarding contracts for school superintendents.


Above all, I strive to represent and promote the best interests of District 19. I cannot do that without your input. There are a lot of important issues being discussed this session. I invite you to visit the Legislatures website ( to read more about all of the bills being considered. Please contact me to discuss any legislative issues of interest or concern. You can call (402-471-2929), e-mail (, or mail via post (District 19, State Capitol, P.O. Box 94604, Lincoln, NE 68509-4604). We have already heard from numerous constituents on various issues and value such interest and input. Finally, please feel free to stop in our office if you ever find yourself in the area. We are in the Capitol, in office #1117. I would love to see you!



Sen. Jim Scheer

District 19
Room #2103
P.O. Box 94604
Lincoln, NE 68509
Phone: (402) 471-2929
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