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Tuesday of this week marked the 17th Anniversary of 9/11 – a day of infamy that everyone who lived through will remember for their lifetime. We all take moments of silence to remember those who were lost or injured. From the passengers on those fateful flights, to the unsuspecting employees at work, and the heroic first-responders running towards danger. I very much appreciated and proudly joined the Concordia University students who placed 2,977 small American flags donated by Young America’s Foundation 9/11: Never Forget Project. The flags were placed along the Parade of Flags on Hwy 34 at dawn and removed at dusk to symbolize each person who lost their life that day. Through their efforts and others, we will never forget.
For our family, the day is always met with a pause and reflection of a certain life lost – my wife’s cousin Julie Geis – who perished in the 2nd Tower of the World Trade Center. Julie was a bright light in our world – continually serving as a leader in her company, as a volunteer in service to women and children in need, and as a committed and engaged family member. Julie’s spirit lives on in her mother, her siblings, and her many nieces and nephews, who continue to miss her every day and be inspired by the legacy she left.
On Wednesday, I joined my colleague Senator Laura Ebke at a roundtable discussion hosted by the National Conference of State Legislatures. We were invited to share our experience in reforming Nebraska’s occupational licenses. During the last session, the Legislature enacted a handful of bills aimed at reducing Nebraska’s burdensome and random licenses. This included the Occupational Board Reform Act which was an innovative bill introduced by Sen. Ebke that requires state lawmakers to review occupational licensing laws. The objective is to reduce or eliminate requirements that serve as barriers to employment with no public safety benefit.
This weekend I will have the opportunity to speak at the 130th Anniversary Celebration of the Utica Volunteer Fire Department. When Suzanne and I were in our 20s, we had the opportunity to purchase an insurance agency in Utica, and decided to do so and move to the community. We had not spent much time in Utica – but we were immediately welcomed and found many, many warm people who later became our clients and friends. I became a member of the Utica Volunteer Fire Department, and spent time with the fine men and women who volunteered their time and talents to take care of the community as a first-responder. I continue to be extremely proud of the work this group has done and continues to do. I am honored to be associated with such a fine group of volunteers.
As always, if we can be of assistance to you in any way, please do not hesitate to contact my office. My door is open and I have made it a goal to be accessible to the constituents of our district. Please stop by any time. My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org, and the office phone number is 402-471-2756. Todd and Katie are always available to assist you with your needs. If I am not immediately available, please do not hesitate to work with them to address any issues that you may need assistance.