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Interim Work Continues
With the interim well underway, my office has begun work on our legislative resolution studies. I’ve also stayed busy attending meetings, interim study hearings, and conferences.
NCSL Legislative Summit
In August I was able to attend the National Conference of State Legislatures annual Legislative Summit in Chicago. NCSL is a unique organization lead by state legislators and legislative staff from across the country. It is dedicated to providing resources, training, and research to legislators and their staff. As part of this event, I was invited to a special conference panel on human trafficking. Legislators from many states were on hand to discuss how this issue impacts their communities, and a panel of social workers and prosecutors from the Chicago area shared their experience. I was able to share details about LB 843, which we passed in Nebraska this year, granting some of the strongest legal protections to human trafficking victims in the country.
I also serve on NCSL’s Elections and Redistricting Committee, and was fortunate to participate in many different trainings and presentations. I volunteered to serve on this committee to expand my experience with election law, which is under the oversight of the Government, Military and Veterans Affairs committee I serve on here in Nebraska.
On the final day of the conference there was an in depth session on the problem of opioid addiction in America, which has been reaching alarming levels. A panel of doctors, prosecutors, social workers, and legislators from across the nation compared the challenges and success in their states. This panel reconfirmed the importance of LB 471, which passed this session, strengthening our prescription drug monitoring program, and highlighted the work still to do on this issue.
Photo above: An informational poster from the NCSL conference in Chicago about election technology. I serve on the Election Technology Committee here in Nebraska, which was formed by LR 403, a legislative resolution I introduced.
Midwestern Legislative Conference
In July, I traveled to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for the 71st annual Midwestern Legislative Conference hosted by the Council of State Governments, or CSG. CSG is a nonpartisan organization that serves all three branches of state government. In Wisconsin, I attended sessions on state water policy, early childhood development, the upcoming 2016 elections, and fiscal leadership, among others. I enjoyed the opportunity to attend the conference and engage in good discussions with my Nebraska colleagues and legislators from other states. I can’t wait to bring this experience back to Nebraska and District 26.
Urban Affairs Committee Hearing
On August 18th, the Urban Affairs Committee held it’s first interim study hearing for the year. Myself and members of the committee headed to Aurora, Nebraska for a hearing on Legislative Resolution 490. LR 490 is an interim study to examine the enforcement of state and local building codes. More information about this resolution can be found here.
Page Applications Now Available
Applications for pages with the 2017 legislative session are now open! Pages are college students who assist senators and the Clerk of the Legislature during session with a variety of tasks, including delivering messages and staffing committee hearings. This is a paid position and pages may also be eligible to receive college credit hours. If you or someone you know is interested, applications are available through the Clerk of the Legislature’s office, room 2018 in the Capitol building. For more information, please call the Clerk’s office at (402) 471-2271, or contact our office via phone at (402) 471-2610 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are due to the Clerk of the Legislature’s office by Monday, October 3rd, 2016.
In Other News…
Check out the University Place Community Market every Wednesday from 3pm to 7pm! Produce, crafts, food, and more! The market will run from June 8th to September 14th at a new location on 48th and Leighton.
Now that we have reached the interim, my office will keep you up-to-date with regular but less frequent newsletters. My staff will continue to be available to you during normal business hours. If you have any questions or concerns, please call us at (402) 471-2610 or email us at email@example.com.
We look forward to hearing from you! As always, thanks for reading.