Greetings Northeast Lincoln!
With the interim well underway, my office is continuing to work on our legislative resolution studies. I’ve also stayed busy attending meetings, interim study hearings, and of course, Nebraska football games.
Raising the Rocket Dedication
Above, myself and members of the Lincoln Northeast High staff and alumni during the ribbon cutting, and the Rocket at Lincoln Northeast High School. Photos courtesy of Mary Southworth and T.J. Saddler.
During the most recent legislative session, I introduced Legislative Resolution 620, to congratulate Lincoln Northeast High School on its 75th Anniversary. On the morning of August 22nd, I was honored to be present at and perform the proclamation of the dedication of the new Northeast rocket. Northeast High School was given a Nike Ajax missile in the 1960s as a symbol of their mascot and their motto, “Once a Rocket, Always a Rocket,” but the missile mysteriously disappeared in 1990. Members of the Booster Club created a committee to replace the rocket, headed by Northeast Alumni Jason Lemon. The support of the community allows a new rocket to grace the grounds of Northeast High School.
During the second session of the 104th Legislature, I introduced LR 595, an interim study to examine the topic of food deserts and issues relating to access to healthy food in Nebraska. As part of my office’s research this interim, we have learned a great deal about food access and food insecurity. We had a very productive stakeholder meeting earlier this month on healthy food access.
I was also featured in a Lincoln Journal Star article titled, “Food deserts still a problem in Nebraska, but no easy fixes”. District 26 has lost several grocery stores in recent years, which makes it harder for consumers to easily access fresh, healthy, affordable food. Bringing together stakeholders and continuing research on food access and insecurity will hopefully generate ideas on how to solve this pressing issue for Nebraskans.
Lancaster County Retreat
Each fall the Lancaster County Board of Commissioners hosts a retreat where the Board, the local State Senators, and county department heads and staff meet to discuss issues affecting the county. This year’s retreat was hosted at the Lancaster County Extension office. The discussions started with a recapping of this spring’s legislative session, including LB 742 which I introduced to help the county clarify multiple existing sections. There was also discussion of prospective issues, such as funding for county road and bridges, and other infrastructure investments. I have been very appreciative of these opportunities to hear directly from the county each of the last two years, and hope to continue to have a strong working relationship with the County Board.
Registration: you can register at the DMV, by mail, and online at https://www.nebraska.gov/apps-sos-voter-registration/, until October 21st. You can also register in person at the Lancaster County Election Commissioner’s office (601 N 46th St) until October 28th.
Polling places: you can find your polling place by calling the Lancaster County Election Commission at (402) 441-7311 or by visiting votercheck.necvr.ne.gov. Polls are open from 8 AM to 8 PM. If you are in line at your polling location by 8 PM, you’re allowed to vote.
The general election is on November 8th.
At the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s with my fellow Lincoln state senator Kate Bolz who represents legislative district 29.