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Greetings Northeast Lincoln! We’ve just completed the sixteenth day of session, with bill introductions ending and committee hearings beginning. For a list of new bills and hearing schedules, visit NebraskaLegislature.gov. Continue reading for information about our newly introduced bills.
LB945: Healthy Food Financing Initiative
With the closing of Hy-Vee Mainstreet nearly a year ago, many Northeast Lincoln residents are now living in a ‘food desert.’ This term was popularized in 2006 in a study done by Mari Gallagher. Food deserts are defined as low income areas with low access to fresh, healthy and affordable foods. Today, 18% of Nebraskans live in food deserts, affecting both rural and urban populations, and now many in my district.
The Healthy Food Financing Initiative establishes a source of funding in the form of loans, grants, and interest rate assistance, on a competitive, one-time basis, to projects committed to providing regular offerings of healthy and affordable foods in food desert areas. LB945 has been referenced to the Agriculture Committee; a hearing date has not been set.
LB1031: Railroad Transportation Safety
This bill changes the levy authority of Railroad Transportation Safety Districts (RTSDs). We’ve introduced this bill to encourage the City of Lincoln and Lancaster County to work together to increase the safety of railroad crossings. Two crossings that may be affected are 33rd and Cornhusker Streets, and 35th and Adams Streets.
This bill has been referenced to the Revenue Committee; a hearing date has not been set.
LB896: Longevity Pay
This bill requires pay increases for state employees to recognize length of service and their commitment to the State of Nebraska. These pay increases will be in addition to any other pay increases provided for in state law or in any collective bargaining agreement.
The introduced longevity raise is similar to legislation introduced in other Midwestern states. We hope to establish longevity raises as a permanent component of the Nebraska state employees system. This bill has been referenced to the Business and Labor Committee.
LB831- “Today I’m not only standing up for the privacy of all Nebraskans, I’m standing for wise use of our tax payer funds”
Please welcome our new interns: Sarah Wagelie and Joe Gruber. Sarah is in her final year at UNL, and will graduate in May with a degree in Political Science and a Public Policy Analysis Certificate. She is joining us from Nebraskans for Civic Reform. Joe is a sophomore at UNL, majoring in Political Science with a minor in Community and Regional Planning. Joe thinks state government is pretty cool, which effectively sums up how we feel about our new interns!
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