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Sen. Matt Hansen

Sen. Matt Hansen

District 26

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News for the 26th

April 4th, 2016

The Final Ten

Greetings Northeast Lincoln! We’ve just begun the final ten days of session. Upon adjournment sine die on April 20th, all bills that were not passed will be cleared from the agenda.

Budget Adjustments Advance

Last week, the body passed three bills to adjust the biennial budget. The state budget is passed during odd-numbered years with adjustments made during even-numbered years. These second session bills address the gap between projections and the $8.7 billion budget passed in 2015: LB956 makes adjustments based on a downward revision in tax receipt forecasting and increases to state aid, LB957 makes transfers from the Cash Reserve Fund, and LB981 approves agency write- offs and claims against the state.

Unicam Process

Speaker Priority

LB742, my bill to change county population thresholds, was chosen as a speaker priority. As a speaker priority, LB742 receives priority status behind senator priority bills, and is considered ahead of other bills in debate. LB742 is based on the findings of LR196, an interim study conducted last year by the Government, Military, and Veterans Affairs Committee, and is currently on the agenda on Select File.

LB808: Change provisions relating to economic development program under the Local Option Municipal Economic Development Act

My bill, LB808, has been amended into LB1059. LB1059 also changes provisions of the Local Option Municipal Economic Development Act, in addition to the Community Development law. This bill was introduced by Senator Crawford, and prioritized by the Urban Affairs committee. LB1059 was passed by the Legislature last week, pending the Governor’s approval.

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Legislative update-Sen. Hansen introduces LR403 to the body.

Special Committee Appointments

Earlier this session, LR403, my election technology resolution, was adopted. It established the Election Technology Committee which will study the longevity of technology used by election commissioners and county clerks, and the feasibility of updating or replacing Nebraska’s election technology.

Those appointed to the committee include myself, Senator Robert Hilkemann of Omaha, Senator Dan Hughes of Venango, Senator Brett Lindstrom of Omaha, Senator Adam Morfeld of Lincoln, and Senator John Stinner of Gering. As the Chairperson of the Government, Military, and Veterans Affairs Committee, Senator John Murante of Gretna is also the Chairperson of the Election Technology Committee.

The ACCESSNebraska Oversight committee has replaced the ACCESSNebraska Special Investigative Committee. ACCESSNebraska is the public benefits delivery system developed and implemented by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. The Special Investigative Committee was established to investigate an array of problems including long wait times for callers, high worker turnover rates, and lost paperwork. The Oversight Committee was authorized by the Legislature in February with the adoption of LR418 to continue communication with the ACCESSNebraska system.

Those appointed to the Committee include Senator Al Davis of Hyannis, Senator John Kuehn of Heartwell, Senator John McCollister of Omaha, Senator Patty Pansing Brooks of Lincoln, and Senator John Stinner of Gering. Senator Sara Howard of Omaha is the Chairperson, and I have been selected as the Vice- Chairperson.

In Other News…

Congratulations to the Lincoln Northeast High School Star Strutters for winning the Nebraska State Dance championship in the Class A High Kick Division!


St Patricks

My fiancé and I celebrating St. Patrick’s day!

Canada Day

We also enjoyed attending the Canada Day Reception, honoring the Canada-Nebraska relationship.


If you have questions of concerns about legislation or the legislative process, call (402) 471-2610 or e-mail mhansen@leg.ne.gov; our office is always happy to help.

We look forward to hearing from you! As always, thanks for reading.

Published March 10, 2016
Unicameral Update

The Executive Board of the Legislature announced appointments to three special committees March 9.

The Election Technology Committee was established Feb. 29 with the adoption of LR403. The committee will study the longevity of technology used by election commissioners and county clerks and the feasibility of updating or replacing Nebraska’s election technology.

Appointed to the committee are:
Lincoln Sen. Matt Hansen;
Omaha Sen. Robert Hilkemann;
Venango Sen. Dan Hughes;
Omaha Sen. Brett Lindstrom;
Lincoln Sen. Adam Morfeld;
Gretna Sen. John Murante (chairperson); and
Gering Sen. John Stinner.

Lawmakers established the Task Force on Behavioral and Mental Health Feb. 29 with the adoption of LR413.

The task force will study issues relating to the adequacy of the state’s behavioral health system, including monitoring the progress of a statewide needs assessment and strategic planning being conducted by the state Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

Appointed to the committee are:
Lincoln Sen. Kate Bolz;
Bellevue Sen. Sue Crawford;
Omaha Sen. Sara Howard;
Omaha Sen. Heath Mello;
Omaha Sen. John McCollister;
Hastings Sen. Les Seiler; and
Norfolk Sen. Jim Scheer.

The chairperson will be elected by members of the task force.

The AccessNebraska Oversight Committee replaced a special investigative committee that was established in 2014. AccessNebraska is an online and call center system developed and implemented by DHHS to determine public benefit eligibility and deliver benefits to clients.

A committee was established to investigate an array of problems including long wait times for callers, high worker turnover and lost paperwork. Authorization for the committee was extended until the beginning of the current legislative session.

An oversight committee was authorized Feb. 29 with the adoption of LR418. Appointed to the committee are:
Hyannis Sen. Al Davis;
Lincoln Sen. Matt Hansen;
Omaha Sen. Sara Howard (chairperson);
Heartwell Sen. John Kuehn;
Omaha Sen. John McCollister;
Lincoln Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks; and
Gering Sen. John Stinner.

Reports containing the committees’ findings and recommendations are due to the Legislature by Dec. 15.

Sen. Matt Hansen

District 26
Room #1017
P.O. Box 94604
Lincoln, NE 68509
Phone: (402) 471-2610
Email: mhansen@leg.ne.gov
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