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Greetings Northeast Lincoln!
The One Hundred Fifth Legislature officially begins on January 4th, and I am excited to hit the ground running. Jane, my staff, and I offer our best wishes for the holidays!
Wreaths Across America
Last month I had the honor of receiving the Wreaths Across America wreath on behalf of Nebraska and our State Capitol. Brigadier General Wendy K. Johnson was the guest speaker, and the ceremony included music performed by the McPhee Elementary School Chorus. Students from McPhee Elementary and St. Mary’s Catholic School were in attendance, as well as some of my fellow state senators. The theme of this year’s event was “Say Their Names”. The Capitol wreath was presented by Ralph Bierman, Chair of the Wreaths Across America-Lincoln Planning Committee, and U.S. Army, 1969-1970. I appreciate the opportunity to be a part of this event for the second year in a row and to support Wreaths Across America in honoring our veterans.
December was a busy month as several committees hold interim hearings before session begins. First, the Urban Affairs Committee met 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 discussed 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 also met 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. While Nebraska’s election technology should function well through the 2018 elections, we will need to fund technology updates or adaptations to our election system. I’m happy that the committee is seriously considering options to ensure the longevity of our election systems. Finally, the General Affairs Committee met to discuss the economic benefits of keno. I am grateful to my colleagues and those who came to testify for the opportunity to hear testimony on all of these important issues.
Speaking to Lincoln Northeast Students about Voter ID
I was fortunate to be a part of an event with Nebraskan’s for Civic Reform last month. As a part of their Capitol Experience Day, I was able to engage in a discussion about voter identification bills with students from Lincoln Northeast High School. They provided lots of great discussion questions, and I appreciated the opportunity to speak with them!
Now that legislative session is starting up again, 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.