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In January, the Nebraska legislature will reconvene to begin the 2020 Legislative Session. In the first few weeks of session, bills will be introduced and debated in different committees and on the floor of the legislature; before that happens, however, I want to share some of the studies I have conducted and work my staff and I have done in preparation for the next legislative session.
During the legislative interim my staff researched several different topics, including health concerns and current state laws related to vaping, Nebraska’s involvement in the Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Compact (MIPRC), and the level of funding and programming utilized at the Youth Rehabilitation Treatment Centers (YRTCs) in Geneva and Kearney, NE. I introduced these interim studies several different hearings throughout the state. We will be moving forward on these topics in hopes that we can create and pass legislation that addresses some of the most important issues in District 35 and in Nebraska overall.
I also spent time at meetings, hearings, and conferences to better understand how I can serve my district and ensure that it continues to thrive. For example, I was able to attend the CSG National Conference this year During the conference I met with legislators around the country and learned more about disability employment policy, tools and resources for states to grow their economy through trade and investment, and how to use data to improve policies on children’s well-being. As a legislator, it’s important that I continue to expand my knowledge about a variety of topics that affect Nebraskans; in this way the conference was beneficial because it gave me new information about existing issues in our state. I hope to take all that I’ve learned during the interim and let it inform my decision making process during the upcoming session.
Senators will be debating many important issues next year, including property tax relief, state school aid and university funding, prison reform, and Medicaid expansion. There will be plenty of difficult and contentious discussions to be had over these topics, but I am looking forward to the 2020 Legislative Session and collaborating with my colleagues to create positive, long-lasting change for all Nebraskans. Until then, I want to hear from you. If you have questions or concerns you’d like to share with me, feel free to contact me at (402) 471-2617 or email@example.com.