January brought lots of changes and plenty of work for our office. This month saw the commencement of the 106th Legislative Session. Senator Hansen introduced 31 pieces of legislation in addition to co-sponsoring several others. In addition to the meetings, additional research, and various processes that have accompanied this legislation, Senator Hansen was also elected the Chair of the Business and Labor Committee. With this election came an office change and a wonderful addition to our office staff, Legal Counsel, Tom Green!
Public hearings began on January 22nd which means that there are plenty of opportunities for you as constituents to get involved in the process. As always, please feel free to reach out to our office at 402.471.2610, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.
106th Legislative Session
On January 9th, the 106th Legislative Session commenced. As with the start of every legislative session, the process began with the election of committee chairs for the the 14 Standing Committees, the Executive Committee, and the two Special Committees: the Rules Committee and the Enrollment and Review Committee. It was a great opportunity for the freshman senators and continuing members to interact and begin setting the tone for this legislative session.
Business and Labor Committee
As the new Chair of the Business and Labor Committee, Senator Hansen is tasked with the responsibility of presiding over the executive sessions and public hearings concerning bills assigned to the Business and Labor Committee. Such bills include those concerning wages, workers’ compensation, labor and employment relations, and other similar pieces of legislation. As the committee hears testimony for bills, its members make the determination about whether or not a given bill will be sent to the floor for debate or postponed until a determination can be made about the bill’s disposition. Senator Hansen’s election brought with it the opportunity to bring valuable insight to other members of the Business and Labor Committee and the public, and the ability to interact more frequently with community stakeholders and constituents.
The workload in our office has changed significantly and we have been facing every challenge with District 26 in mind. To learn about the Business and Labor Committee, please visit its webpage: http://news.legislature.ne.gov/bui/
Welcome Tom Green, Legal Counsel to the Business and Labor Committee!
Tom Green has over ten years experience in the legislature having previously worked as the Legislative Aide for Senators Ken Haar and Rick Kolowski. Tom graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Law in 2008 and also has his undergraduate degree from UNL. Tom is married to his wife Jennifer and they have two kids Abbie (10) and Warren (8) who attend Pyrtle Elementary School. Tom was recently elected to a four-year term on the Lower Platte South Natural Resources District serving subdistrict 8. Tom’s position as legal counsel will make him an asset to the Business and Labor Committee. In this position, he will work to understand the legislative intent and history of every bill presented before the committee and convey vital and necessary information to committee members.
Thank you for your continued support.