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Greetings Northeast Lincoln!
On April 18th, the 105th Legislature-Second Session adjourned “sine die”. Since then, my office has kept busy researching our interim studies, attending meetings, and preparing for committee hearings later in the summer. I hope this newsletter finds you well and enjoying the summer months.
Last session, the Legislature passed LB989, a bill by Senator Wishart which I was excited to cosponsor, which authorized automated vehicles in Nebraska. Lincoln has since been testing an autonomous shuttle. I was fortunate to get to ride the test shuttle last month, and you can learn more about it in this article from the Lincoln Journal Star. As part of the Mayor’s Challenge, Lincoln is competing with other cities to win funding for the Autonomous Shuttle project. One part of the competition is research on what citizens want to see in a potential Autonomous Shuttle service. If you’re interested in providing your feedback, you can take a short survey here.
Legislature’s Planning Committee
I am honored to serve on the Legislature’s Planning Committee, which is chaired by Senator Schumacher. The Planning Committee meets in the interim to identify emerging trends, assets, and challenges of the state and the long-term implications of the decisions made by the Nebraska Legislature. To do this, we collect and analyze data about a broad range of topics within Nebraska, including (but not limited to) demographics, workforce, education, wages, wealth, tax structure, revenue, and natural resources.
This month, we were able to learn more about the redistricting following the census. It was enlightening to learn about how population has shifted across Nebraska over the last 20-30 years, and what that meant for our legislative and congressional districts. We also learned about the various state statutes and Supreme Court cases governing redistricting. With the upcoming 2020 census, redistricting will be the responsibility of the state legislature soon.
University Place Pop Up Farmer’s Market
The University Place Pop Up Farmer’s Market will take place on August 8th from 3-6pm, at the corner of 48th and Madison. Hosted by the University Place Community Organization, Civic Nebraska, and Community Crops, the pop up farmer’s market will have produce and art vendors along with activities and discussions about how to bring a farmer’s market back to the neighborhood, and future plans for the 48th and Madison location.
If you venture into the Capitol over the next few months, you will likely see construction and closed off hallways. The 10-year, five-phase Capitol HVAC Project will be in full swing soon. Many senators’ offices will be moving up into the tower of the Capitol as a result. My office, located on the first floor in room 1017, is in the northwest quadrant and is not slated to move any time soon.