We will continue to fight for adequate funding for Omaha Public Schools.
We continue to discuss state aid to education. Years ago when I was in the Legislature we set a goal that 50% of K-12 education would be paid by the State, we are far from that goal. Until we get really serious about reaching this goal, there will be winners and losers amongst school districts.
I have received several phone calls and emails this morning regarding LB 545. The averaging adjustment has not been deleted or terminated. It will be reduced in the next 2 years to meet the state and federal requirements. There’s an amendment to the bill that maintains the averaging adjustment and we will continue to discuss it.
This week the Judiciary Committee has been wrestling with the death penalty, minor sentencing, and various amendments to both. Hopefully by the end of this week I will be able to report back to you.
Yesterday, the governor signed LB 403. LB 403 is the result of a year long study surrounding the issue of immigration in the state of Nebraska. Please find below a link directing you to the immigration study prepared by the Judiciary Committee. I believe that LB 403 is the initial first step in dealing with immigration and addressing the issue of discrimination.
Also, LB 35, which is the Violence Prevention Act to prohibit certain gang activity and change certain firearm provisions is scheduled for floor debate. However, at the current rate of debate LB 35 will most likely be heard sometime next week.
Take a moment to look at the article from the Lincoln Journal Star about the Judiciary Committee: http://journalstar.com/news/politics/doc49dd41fcab2a7939822939.txt#cancel