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Sen. Roy Baker

Sen. Roy Baker

District 30

LB 122, which provides for family members to petition for visitation, was advanced to the second round of debate today. The bill was introduced by Senator Pansing Brooks, and I made it my priority bill to help insure passage this year.  Pictured with me, Senator Pansing Brooks and her friend Genenne Didier, whose experiences inspired the legislation.

The State Tribal Relations committee of the Legislature met on Tuesday.  This is Senator Baker’s first year on the committee. Pictured left to right: Senators Lindstrom, Albrecht, Brewer; Judi gaiashkibos, Executive Director of the Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs; Senators Vargas, Baker and Quick. Not pictured Sen. Brasch.

Students in the high school government/civics classes at Norris toured the Capitol on Monday the 20th, met with Senator Baker and  heard from various state officials. They also listened to Norris alum and current UNL student Nick Devine about getting involved with government.

 

Unicameral Camp for Students

March 20th, 2017

News Release

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                 FOR MORE INFORMATION:

March 20, 2017                                                          Heidi Uhing

Nebraska Legislature

Unicameral Information Office

(402) 471-2788

huhing@leg.ne.gov

 

 

 

Sen. Baker invites students to youth legislature

High school students are invited to take on the role of state senators at the Unicameral Youth Legislature June 11-14. At the State Capitol, student senators will sponsor bills, conduct committee hearings, debate legislation and discover the unique process of the nation’s only unicameral.

The Unicameral Youth Legislature gives behind-the-scenes access to students who have an interest in public office, government, politics, law, public policy, debate or public speaking. Students will learn about the inner workings of the Legislature directly from senators and staff.

Registrants are encouraged to apply for a Greg Adams Civic Scholarship award, which covers the full cost of admission. Applicants must submit a short essay. Other $100 scholarships are also available.

The Office of the Clerk of the Nebraska Legislature coordinates the Unicameral Youth Legislature. The University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Extension 4-H Youth Development Office coordinates housing and recreational activities as part of the Big Red Summer Camps program.

To learn more about the program, go to www.NebraskaLegislature.gov/uyl or call (402) 471-2788. The deadline for registration is May 15.

Radio Talk Show

March 13th, 2017

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Senator Baker was a guest on KLIN Radio’s Friendly Fire program, hosted by Stu Kerns, on March 11. Sen. Baker also does a weekly program on KWBE Radio in Beatrice, hosted by Doug Kennedy, on Fridays.

March 6 update

March 6th, 2017

 

Happy Birthday to the great state of Nebraska. 150 years ago on March 1, 1867, Nebraska became the 37th of the United States of America.  So on March 1st, 2017, at 2 p.m. the Legislature, Governor, Supreme Court Justices, and the Secretary of State kicked off the sesquicentennial celebration.  A ceremony held in the George W. Norris Chamber in the State Capitol was the first of many events set to occur across the state during 2017.  After the presentation of colors, Hannah Huston sang the national anthem followed by Secretary of State John Gale, reading the original statehood proclamation signed by President Andrew Johnson.  Governor Pete Ricketts signed a new proclamation to commemorate the sesquicentennial.  Eighteen third through fifth graders sang “Happy Birthday” and an Octet from Waverly High School sang “Beautiful Nebraska”.  I would encourage all Nebraska to make a trip to the Capitol sometime this year and visit this beautiful building, see the mosaics, artwork and this summer, the newly installed fountains in the center courtyards.

Legislative Resolution 1 CA (Constitutional Amendment) would make a change to the Nebraska Constitution and require a person to show a picture ID or digital image prior to casting a ballot. Senator Joh Murante of Gretna presented the bill to the Government, Military and Veterans Affairs committee on March 2nd and said that 32 states have some form of voter ID requirement.  He stated voters have a lack of confidence in the integrity of the election process.  The constitutional amendment would go before Nebraska voters in general election in November, 2018.  Supporters of the bill believe such a law would protect the process and people from having someone walk in to a polling place, state they are someone else and vote.  Opponents of the bill cite studies where voter ID laws adversely impact minority and elderly groups.  The Secretary of State has consistently reported voter fraud in Nebraska is not a problem.  The resolution is being held in committee at this writing.

The Revenue Committee heard testimony on March 3rd   about LB 475, introduced by Senator Paul Schumacher of Columbus, regarding the elimination of the Nebraska Job Creation and Main Street Revitalization Act.  This law was enacted in 2015 with up to $15 million a year in tax credits for rehabilitation, preservation and restoration of historically significant buildings.  Each project is capped at $1 million.  The current law has a sunset date on December 31, 2022. The purpose of the law was to help communities throughout the state but most of the approved projects have been in Omaha.  Senator Schumacher believes with the budget constraints facing the state, the grants going primarily to Omaha, and the bureaucratic red tape, the law should be rescinded.  The State Historical Society who oversees this grant program, along with the Department of Revenue, opposed the bill, as did representatives from Beatrice. Trevor Jones, the director and CEO of the Historical Society, stated the application process for the credits is complex and must comply with federal standards.  He stated the process is constrained by the law itself. It was also stated that Omaha developers were ready to go with projects.  There were 16 applications from Omaha and 14 from the rest of the state. This bill is also still being held in committee.

The State Treasurer is in charge of receiving and attempting to find the rightful owners of unclaimed property in the state.  This consists of cash and other personal assets that are considered to be lost or abandoned. Every year banks, businesses, and other organizations remit unclaimed property to the State Treasurer and he in turn attempts to locate the owners through a published newsletter.  The treasurer’s website is:  www.treasurer.nebraska.gov, from there you can find a link to unclaimed property.  My staff recognized some names and encouraged them to visit the website to see if they have a little cash out there. Information is organized by county, then last name, on the website.

Celebrating the Sesquicentennial of the great State of Nebraska in the Legislative Chambers.

Celebrating the Sesquicentennial of the great State of Nebraska in the Legislative Chambers.

Contact information for my office:  phone 402-471-2620.  E-mail: rbaker@leg.ne.gov.  My legislative website:  http://news.legislature.ne.gov/dist30/

 

 

 

 

 

Nebraska’s 150th Birthday

March 1st, 2017

Happy 150th Birthday, Nebraska!

From left: the presentation of the colors begins the official celebration in the Legislative Chambers on March 1, 2017; the governor addresses the crowd, followed by Secretary of State John Gale reading the 1867 proclamation that made Nebraska the 37th state; the Pony Express arrives at the west side of the Capitol.

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February 3rd, 2017
Visited with constituents in Clatonia on Saturday.  Legends is a great restaurant!

Visited with constituents in Clatonia on Saturday. Legends is a great restaurant!

 

The State Chamber of Commerce annual dinner was held at the Cornhusker Hotel on February 2nd.

The State Chamber of Commerce annual dinner was held at the Cornhusker Hotel on February 2nd.

Meetings continue with school officials from across the state to discuss finance issues.

Meetings continue with school officials from across the state to discuss finance issues.

 

The Nebraska National Guard celebrated the Guard's 380th Birthday in the Capitol rotunda this morning (Dec. 13) with remarks by the Governor and Maj Gen Bohac. Our national anthem was sang by Norris High School graduate and Guard member Specialist Melissa Rahorst, along with the 43rd Army Band.

The Nebraska National Guard celebrated the Guard’s 380th Birthday in the Capitol rotunda this morning (Dec. 13) with remarks by the Governor and Maj Gen Bohac. Our national anthem was sang by Norris High School graduate and Guard member Specialist Melissa Rahorst, along with the 43rd Army Band.

NSEA Capitol district members met at Misty's in Havelock for their annual dinner on December 5th.

NSEA Capitol district members met at Misty’s in Havelock for their annual dinner on December 5th.

I had the opportunity to meet with the Beatrice Public Schools' administrative team, as they discussed how to manage potential budget cuts. The BPS administrators also devoted time analyzing student learning data.

I had the opportunity to meet with the Beatrice Public Schools’ administrative team on 12/6/16, as they discussed how to manage potential budget cuts. The BPS administrators also devoted time analyzing student learning data.

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Joined Commissioner Matt Blomstedt and Senators Koltermann and Williams in addressing the Nebraska Council of School Administrator's Legislative Conference today in Lincoln. 11/30/16

Joined Commissioner Matt Blomstedt (pictured) and Senator Williams in addressing the Nebraska Council of School Administrator’s Legislative Conference today in Lincoln. 11/30/16

Inducted into the Norris Foundation Hall of Fame on November 18: Dr. Bob Brandt, Jan Zink, Doug Malone, Nancy Etmund, Doug & Patti Wieskamp, and the late Curtis Liesveld.

Inducted into the Norris Foundation Hall of Fame on November 18: Dr. Bob Brandt, Jan Zink, Doug Malone, Nancy Etmund, Doug & Patti Wieskamp, and the late Curtis Liesveld.

Addressing the annual Norris Foundation banquet was John Baylor, Nov. 18.

Addressing the annual Norris Foundation banquet was John Baylor, Nov. 18.

 

State Education Commissioner Matt Blomstedt and Lt. Governor Mike Foley presented awards at the Commissioner's Recognition for Excellence in Career Education this afternoon, November 14 before a large crowd assembled in the Capitol Rotunda.

State Education Commissioner Matt Blomstedt and Lt. Governor Mike Foley presented awards at the Commissioner’s Recognition for Excellence in Career Education this afternoon, November 14 before a large crowd assembled in the Capitol Rotunda.

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Sen. Baker at the annual American Legion Veterans Day turkey dinner in Cortland on the 13th.

Sen. Baker at the annual American Legion Veterans Day turkey dinner in Cortland on the 13th.

 

 

The 2016 Governor's Pheasant Hunt wraps up in Beatrice with a banquet.

The 2016 Governor’s Pheasant Hunt wraps up in Beatrice with a banquet.

July Activities 2016

July 11th, 2016
No one minded the rain at Hickman Hay Days on Saturday, July 30! Fun for all!

No one minded the rain at Hickman Hay Days on Saturday, July 30! Fun for all!

 

Ag Appreciation Night and Classic car show at the Gage County Fair, July 26. This 61'Vette was my favorite!

Ag Appreciation Night and Classic car show at the Gage County Fair, July 26.
This 61’Vette was my favorite!

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Nice hot weather for the dedication of the new splash pad in Firth on Saturday. Jill Hoefler addressed the crowd. Great community involvement!

 

Beau McCoy, Nebraska state senator and CSG National Chair, addressed the Midwestern Legislative Conference at lunch on Monday.

Beau McCoy, Nebraska state senator and CSG National Chair, addressed the Midwestern Legislative Conference at lunch on Monday.

 

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett welcomes the attendees of the Midwestern Legislative Conference of the Council of State Governments. Eleven Midwest states and four Canadian provinces are represented.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett welcomes the attendees of the Midwestern Legislative Conference of the Council of State Governments. Eleven Midwest states and four Canadian provinces are represented.

 

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The family and friends of Vonnie Higgins, long time Beatrice Hospital employee and volunteer, gather on what would have been her 81st birthday, to dedicate a bronze sculpture placed in the Exmark Healing Garden at BCH, July 15th. Artist Sondra Jonson of Cambridge, NE (holding blue umbrella) was also present for the dedication, sponsored by the Beatrice Hospital Foundation.

Nebr Ag Youth Institute graduation; seated by NAYI Counselor Collin Thompson, UNL student from Eustis, NE. July 13th

Nebr Ag Youth Institute graduation; seated by NAYI Counselor Collin Thompson, UNL student from Eustis, NE. July 13th

 

Gov. Ricketts addressing the Economic Development Conference at the Cornhusker today in Lincoln.

Gov. Ricketts addressing the Economic Development Conference at the Cornhusker today in Lincoln. July 12, 2016.

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New Nebraska brand:  Nebraska. Good Life. Great Opportunity.

 

Kids are having fun on the water slide in Panama July 8. Fireworks followed later.

Kids are having fun on the water slide in Panama July 8. Fireworks followed later.

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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