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This week was the start of all day debate in the Legislature. We will begin the budget debate on Day 70 of session and are required to have the budget passed by Day 80.
This week we debated LB217 that was introduced by Senator Pansing Brooks that will prohibit discrimination against an employee for communicating about employee wages, benefits or other compensation. An amendment was brought by Senator Hansen and I was happy to vote in favor of the amendment and bill.
We also debated LB 637 that was introduced by Senator Stinner that authorizes the sales of tourism promotional products by the Nebraska Tourism Commission. This means that the Nebraska Tourism Commission will be able to sell mugs and t-shirts with the slogan “Nebraska: Honestly, it’s not for everyone” on them. The tourism commission has had quite a few requests for merchandise with the new slogan on it and this will help them to continue promoting the state. I voted in favor of this bill because I think that this will be a great opportunity for the Nebraska Tourism Commission.
Lastly, I would like to talk about a program that the Legislature puts on every summer for high schoolers called the Unicameral Youth Legislature. It is a four-day event that teaches students about the inner workings of the Legislature directly from senators, staff and lobbyists. The student senators sponsor bills, conduct committee hearings, debate legislation and learn the process of the unicameral. Please help me share this unique opportunity with any high schoolers that you know. They can find more information about the opportunity by visiting NebraskaLegislature.gov/uyl.
As always, feel free to contact my office. My office phone number is 402-471-2731 and my email is firstname.lastname@example.org.