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Sen. Roy Baker

Sen. Roy Baker

District 30

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Welcome

January 4th, 2017

Thank you for visiting my website. It is an honor to represent the people of the 30th legislative district in the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature.

You’ll find my contact information on the right side of this page, as well as a list of the bills I’ve introduced this session and the committees on which I serve. Please feel free to contact me and my staff about proposed legislation or any other issues you would like to address.

Sincerely,
Sen. Roy Baker

CSG 2017

December 15th, 2017

From the Council of State Governments convention in Las Vegas today: break out session,”Steps to Success with Every Student Succeeds Act”

December Newsletter

December 12th, 2017

Legislative Update

Senator Roy Baker – December 12, 2017

 

 

2017 is winding down, and 2018 will be upon us in a matter of days.  The second session of the 105th Nebraska Unicameral Legislature will begin on Wednesday, January 3. This is a 60-day session which will end in mid-April.

The Speaker of the Legislature has notified us that any proposals for changes in rules under which the Legislature operates must be submitted before the session starts.  The Rules Committee will consider and vote on any proposals by the second day.  During the 2017 session, many days were taken up discussing rules changes.  There was no resolution, and finally we continued under temporary rules, those under which we had operated in 2016.

A coalition of Senators who sought to control the Legislature had argued for the extended debate, aka filibuster, rules to change.  Current rules require 33 of the 49 votes to end extended debate. The coalition sought to lower the number of votes required to end debate and bring their agenda items to a vote.  As I am not part of the “gang of 27”, I am not inclined to vote for changing the rules. Committee chairs and committee assignments remain the same in this second year of the 2017-18 biennium.

Nebraska’s revenue shortfall has been well publicized.  Normally the biennial budget adopted in the 2017 session would not need to be revisited in 2018.  However, the current 2018 revenue estimate is projected to be around $175 million short, so steps must be taken.  We will receive updated revenue forecasts before the sixty day session comes to an end.

Other important areas will continue to be part of the focus for 2018: tax reform/tax relief; public school funding; overcrowded prisons and other correction system issues; physical and mental health care; and school choice, to name a few.

This will be my final year as a Nebraska State Senator.  It has been an honor to serve District 30, and I plan to make the most out of my remaining time.  Thank you.

To contact Senator Baker:  Phone:  402-471-2620   E-mail:  rbaker@leg.ne.gov                                                                                                             Webpage: http://news.legislature.ne.gov/dist30/

I spoke to the Nebraska Council of School Administrators meeting in Lincoln on December 6th.  Sens. Kolterman, Bolz, and Schumacher also addressed the group.  Here is “Professor” Schumacher.

 

Maria Talero, president of the Norris FFA chapter, addressed the Farm City Breakfast of the Kiwanis Club on November 21.

 

State senators were together at the annual Legislative Council on November 16-17, held this year on UNL East Campus; learning more about issues we will face in the upcoming session.

 

On November 8th, my staff attended the IANR Fall Summit which focused on building partnerships to find sustainable and creative solutions to critical issues in Nebraska.

October in District 30

October 10th, 2017

Mr. Hynek Kmonicek, ambassador of the Czech Republic to the USA, speaking at a ceremony at the Nebraska Club today, Oct. 23.

 

Sen. Kolowski, Kyle McGowan and Sen. Baker with keynote speaker Wes Moore at the Changemakers event in Omaha, sponsored by the Nebraska Children and Families organization.

South Beltway Road Project

October 4th, 2017

LINCOLN SOUTH BELTWAY

The Department of Transportation shared the latest plans for the south beltway at a public hearing on October 3.  The beltway will be an eleven-mile freeway, connecting US-77 on the west and Highway 2 on the east, with five interchanges.

Planning began in the 1960s for a beltway loop around Lincoln.  The project was ready to go in the early 2000s, but was put on hold due to lack of funding.  Now funds from the Build Nebraska Act have been earmarked for the project, supplemented with contributions from the City of Lincoln.  At present, the plan is to begin the construction of the south beltway in 2020, with an estimated completion date around 2025 to 2027.  Between now and 2020, the Nebraska Department of Transportation will consider further public input, make refinements, and begin acquiring the necessary properties.

The south beltway will enable some of the through traffic to avoid passing through the City of Lincoln as well as facilitating east-west traffic within the City. In the future, it is likely that beltway loop will be completed with the construction of the east beltway, connecting the south beltway eastern terminus with Interstate 80.

The City of Lincoln has continued to grow and expand in all directions.  Completion of the south beltway could accelerate Lincoln’s growth to the south.  Commercial development may well crop up around the beltway interchanges, including gas stations, restaurants, retail, and other.   The beltway, once completed, is likely to have a significant impact on the growth of Hickman and other communities in Legislative District 30.

The south beltway somewhat follows the half mile line between Saltillo and Bennet Roads.  In the present plan, interchanges will be developed at Highway 77, near 27th Street, at 68th and 82nd Streets, and approximately west of 120th Street.

September in District 30

September 11th, 2017

Gov. Ricketts opened the Platte Institute in Lincoln on Sept. 26.

September 22 dedication of the courtyard fountains at the Capitol.

I attended the community open house on September 10. Humann was closed last year for remodeling and additions.

Toured Henzlik Hall, formerly University High School on Friday, Sept. 8.  Uni High closed 50 years ago. I did my student teaching there in the second semester of 1966-67.

September 11, 2017

September 11th, 2017

Joint ceremony of first responders to remember 9-11 on the front steps of the Capitol.

 

As one of the speakers at the Homestead National Monument on Eclipse Day, August 21st, I talked with Bill Nye, the Science Guy.

 

Official proclamation for the eclipse, visible in much of Nebraska and especially District 30, on Monday, August 21st. Lora Young, director of the Beatrice Chamber of Commerce joined me as Lt. Gov. Foley presented the documents.

 

The Lincoln, Omaha and Nebraska State Chambers of Commerce sponsored their annual Federal Legislative Summit on August 9th at the SAC Museum. Congressmen Smith and Fortenberry, and Senators Fisher and Sasse addressed the gathering.

July in District 30

July 5th, 2017

I attended the Governor’s economic development conference on July 13th,  and the public hearing of the Economic Development Task Force at the Capitol on July 15th.

A news article from 1956 explains how the city of Lincoln both got its name and became our state’s capital city.

Clara Bewick (like Buick) Colby arrived in Beatrice with her husband in 1872. She wasted no time in making her mark in the community. She started the first public library and community theatre. Colby established herself as a significant force in Nebraska and the National Women’s Suffrage movement. She launched The Woman’s Tribune newspaper in 1883, circulating news of the suffrage movement throughout the Midwest and the West for 26 years. Clara Colby made an impact. Nebraskans supported referendums granting women the vote in 1882 and 1914, but both attempts were defeated. Colby, died in 1916 – four years before women won the right to vote in 1920, and nearly seventy years after the suffrage movement began.

Stormy skies continue to greet Gage county residents this summer. Photo taken looking northeast from the Homestead National Monument on Sunday morning, July 2nd.

The bluegrass band Toasted Ponies entertained the crowd at the Hevelone Center in Beatrice on July 1st, part of the Arts Council summer programming.

June Interim Activities

June 5th, 2017

The history of Lancaster and Gage counties, from the 1930’s  publication “Nebraska in the Making” by Mike Parks.

Duonix / Flint Hills gave tours of their biodiesel plant at Beatrice on Thursday, June 15th; Gov. Ricketts addressed the crowd as well.

 

A very attractive and informative display along the trail in southern Gage county, in honor of Standing Bear.

 

Sen. Baker addressed a break-out session of 2017 Boys State in the Capitol today, June 9.

Over 150 antique tractors paraded around the Capitol this afternoon, June 9, as part of the state’s Sesquicentennial celebration.

Sen. Baker addressed the business meeting at Mosaic in Beatrice on Friday, June 2nd. Residents, family and staff were celebrating Mosaic’s annual Home Day with games and food.

Sen. Roy Baker

District 30
Room #1208
P.O. Box 94604
Lincoln, NE 68509
Phone: (402) 471-2620
Email: rbaker@leg.ne.gov
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