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With the legislative session underway, I’d like to share information on some of the bills I have introduced on behalf of District 35.
On January 24th, LB287, a carryover bill from last session, was heard on the floor of the Legislature. LB287 is a bill which changes and provides duties for the Game and Parks Commission and changes provisions relating to stamps, permits, fees, and hunter orange display requirements. The changes in this bill, which were requested by the commission, will help them maximize their funds while meeting current customer’s needs and recruiting new customers and outdoor recreation activities. I look forward to advancing this bill during this session to ensure that the commission is functioning successfully.
On January 27th the Business and Labor Committee held a hearing on LB846, a bill which changes provisions relating to compensation under the Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Act. Under this bill, the waiting period an injured employee must undergo to receive compensation is shortened from seven to three days, and the time period for compensation to be paid to injured workers for the initial time out of work is decreased from six to two weeks. This change will make sure that employees are not returning to work earlier than they should because of the fear that they will lose more money. I appreciate the testifiers who came out to share their stories with the Business and Labor Committee.
Finally, on January 30th the Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee held a hearing on LB911, a bill I introduced to start the process of turning the Grand Island Veterans Home Cemetery into a state veterans’ cemetery. I worked with advocates for veterans in Hall County to bring this bill forward, and I have received countless emails and letters of support from constituents. I look forward to working with my colleagues to turn this dream of honoring our veterans into a reality.
I’d like to thank every constituent that has called, emailed, and sent letters to me during this session. Hearing your thoughts and concerns makes it possible for me to stay informed and advocate for you to the best of my ability. Please don’t hesitate to reach out — you can contact me at 402-471-2617 or at email@example.com.