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Last week was a short week for the Nebraska Legislature as we observed Presidents’ Day on Monday. The Holiday is more than just a three-day weekend for retailers and advertisers to sell stuff. Presidents’ Day is a time to honor the achievements of our Commanders-in-Chief who built our great nation and brought freedom to many parts of the world.
I celebrated Presidents’ Day by attending the Seward County Chamber and Development Partnership annual extravaganza where they honored many businesses and individuals for their contributions to the community. Congrats to Colt’s Corral; Poly Tech LLC; Hefty Seed Company; FullField Ag; Nebraska Cellular Store; A4K Plumbing, Heating & Air; Krieser Insulation; and EJ Sulc for the awards and recognitions.
I would also like to congratulate Joyce Schriner of Utica for being named Volunteer of the Year. Joyce has long been one of the pillars of Utica. She delivers Meals on Wheels, serves on the Cemetery Board and Seward County Historical Society Board, started the Utica Museum, runs the Utica Senior Center, and is constantly raising funds for or personally participating in Downtown Revitalization efforts in Utica. She should be commended for her extensive work and I’m pleased she has been recognized for those efforts!
Two close friends, Don and Barb Suhr, were also honored at the event with the Lifetime Achievement Award, recognizing their contributions to the community through their business over the past 55 years. Don and Barb brought me into the insurance industry and I will forever be grateful for the mentoring they provided me in teaching me the importance of trust, respect and honesty in business, as well as the importance of focusing on the needs of clients first and foremost. I was fortunate to learn from them and congratulate them on their many years of service to the Seward community.
There was a lot of activity around the Capitol on Wednesday. In addition to being the mid-point of the legislative session, Speaker Scheer announced his priority bills. I am grateful that he choose to prioritize one of the bills I introduced, LB702. This is the bill introduced on behalf of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services to update Nebraska’s Child Support Enforcement Program to comply with a new federal regulation.Failing to comply with the mandated changes by October 1, 2018, would subject the State of Nebraska to a loss of all federal Title IV-D and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funding, amounting to over $81 million.
Leadership York also visited the Capitol on Wednesday. I appreciated the opportunity to recognize their attendance during the legislative debate on the bill I prioritized, LB439. This is the bill that Senator Wishart introduced that would allow a nurse employed by an assisted-living facility to provide healthcare services to residents. The bill advanced to Select File with the support of 38 of my colleagues and without any opposition.
Wednesday also marked the last hearing for a bill that I introduced. LB1127 was heard before the Health and Human Services Committee. LB1127 provides for a $10.00 annual patient safety fee for persons licensed as a physician, osteopathic physician, physician assistant, nurse, occupational therapist, pharmacist, or physical therapist. The revenue would be used to support the educational and patient safety activities of the Nebraska Coalition for Patient Safety.
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