Greetings Northeast Lincoln!
With just a few weeks left until the One Hundred Fifth Legislature begins, my office is continuing to work on our legislation for the upcoming session. I’ve stayed busy attending meetings, interim study hearings, and of course, Nebraska football games. Jane, my staff, and I offer our best wishes for the upcoming holidays!
Wyn Wiley Photography
Last month, my beautiful fiance, Jane, and I were married in a ceremony at the Capitol.
Election Day Results
Election Day was November 8th, and with it brought 17 new faces to the Nebraska Legislature. Three State Senators from our Lincoln-area delegation are term-limited out this year: Senator Ken Haar, Senator Kathy Campbell, and Senator Colby Coash. Senator-Elect Mike Hilgers will take Senator Haar’s place representing District 21; Senator-Elect Suzanne Geist will take Senator Campbell’s place representing District 25; and Senator-Elect Anna Wishart will take Senator Coash’s place representing District 27. I am excited to welcome these newly elected Senators into our Lincoln delegation, and to welcome all of the new State Senators to the Capitol in January for the One Hundred Fifth Legislature.
I was fortunate enough to attend the Legislative Council Meeting this month, an event with all of the current and newly elected Senators. It was a wonderful opportunity to welcome our new Senator-Elects and to talk about our goals for the upcoming legislative session. Our nonpartisan unicameral legislature will now be made up of 13 women and 36 men. I want to extend my thanks to all of the Senators leaving the Legislature this year, as all have put significant time, work, and effort into their service of the people of Nebraska, and it was an honor to serve with them.
University of Nebraska Medical Center Tour
I was privileged to tour the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha this month. I had lunch with a delegation of campus leadership, where I learned more about UNMC’s priorities and current programs. I also toured the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit and met with faculty members working to improve safety conditions for Nebraska farmers.
“It’s always important to get a firsthand look at our state and university institutions in order to get a sense of how they work. I’ve been really impressed with all of the staff and faculty that I’ve met today.”-Senator Hansen
UNMC’s Dr. Sisson showing me around the research facilities of Durham Research Center II.
Photos from the University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Public Relations
December looks to be a busy month as several committees hold interim hearings before session begins. First, the Urban Affairs Committee will meet to discuss my legislative resolution LR526, an interim study to examine municipal classifications, along with Senator Crawford’s LR490, an interim study to examine the enforcement of state and local building codes. Later in the month, the Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee will discuss Senator Murante’s LR597, which examines financing mechanisms available to various political subdivisions to issue bonds or assume future payment obligations without a direct vote of the taxpayers, and other issues within the jurisdiction of the committee. That day the Election Technology Committee I serve on will also meet to discuss the longevity of the technology used by election commissioners and county clerks to conduct elections, and the feasibility of updating or replacing the technology. Finally, the General Affairs Committee will meet to discuss the economic benefits of keno. I look forward to learning more about all of these issues and how they affect Nebraskans.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to hearing from you! As always, thanks for reading.