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Sen. Matt Hansen

Sen. Matt Hansen

District 26

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News for the 26th
October 31st, 2017

Greetings Northeast Lincoln!

This last month has been full of meetings and research as my staff and I work through the interim on issues and studies for next year’s session. Several committees I serve on have been busy holding hearings on interim studies, which I’ve detailed below.

Urban Affairs Committee Hearings-Grand Island and Lincoln

The Urban Affairs committee had the opportunity to travel out to Grand Island for a hearing late last month. We heard testimony on two legislative resolutions, LR 138 and LR 60. LR 60 was introduced by Senator Crawford and examines the tools, mechanisms, and funding sources available to municipalities to provide for condemnation or demolition of vacant and abandoned buildings. LR 60 was introduced by the Urban Affairs committee, and studied issues related to the use of tax-increment financing. We have been conducting a series of interim hearings across the state to hear from different communities on how they utilize tax-increment financing (TIF). I’m appreciative of all those who came out to share their knowledge on the matter, and to Grand Island for hosting us.
This month, we had also an Urban Affairs hearing here in Lincoln, at the State Capitol.
At this hearing, we had the opportunity to hear testimony on LB81, introduced by Senator
Wayne, which examines the adoption and enforcement of state fire codes, as well as continuing
to hear testimony on our committee resolution, LR 60, examining tax-increment financing.

Judiciary Committee Hearing

In October, we had a hearing of the Judiciary Committee. At this hearing, we heard
testimony on two interim studies, LR 172 and LR 173, both introduced by Senator Wishart. LR 172 reviews recruitment and retention efforts that are currently or could possibly be undertaken by the Department of Correctional Services, and LR 173 reviews the work detail and work release efforts at the community corrections centers. I greatly appreciate all who came out to share their knowledge on these important issues.

Planning Committee

One of the committees I sit on is the Legislature’s Planning Committee. We have had several opportunities to meet during the interim, all of which have been very informative. The Planning Committee is designed to identify and plan for long-term challenges in the state. Specifically, the chair of the committee, Senator Schumacher, is focusing on the increasing retirement age population, and the comparison of urban and rural population trends. During this month’s meeting, the director of Nebraska’s new Department of Transportation briefed the committee on the next several years of roads and infrastructure projects in the state.

Alongside many of my legislative colleagues, pictured above, I was honored by the Holland Children’s Movement at their Holland Honor Roll Awards for standing up for children and working families in the Legislature.

Sen. Matt Hansen

District 26
Room #2011
P.O. Box 94604
Lincoln, NE 68509
Phone: (402) 471-2610
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