Sen. John Kuehn
District 38

Welcome

January 7th, 2015

Thank you for visiting my website. It is an honor to represent the people of the 38th 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. John Kuehn

Letter to the District – Week 1

January 28th, 2015

This is my first “Letter to the District”, a series I hope to share with you weekly to keep you up to date with the events of the first session of the 104th Nebraska Legislature in Lincoln.

My initial two weeks have been a busy time at the Capitol. The first ten days of the session served as the period of bill introduction. I introduced five separate bills during this time:

•   LB 318 aims to fund economic development districts, providing critical support for our rural communities

•   LB 332 allocates the funding for a much-needed statewide drug disposal program with the purpose of keeping controlled substances out of the wrong hands

•   LB389 changes licensing and re-inspection fees to adequately support the state’s Commercial Dog and Cat Operator Inspection Program

•   LB496 funds the Yuetter Institute, a joint public/private initiative that focuses on international trade and finance education in the agriculture sector to give our students an industry advantage in the global marketplace

•   LB564 provides funds for higher education in high needs occupations

I have been assigned to the Appropriations Committee.  The coming weeks will be vital to the committee as we hear from each of the agencies of Nebraska and begin the important process of allocating your tax dollars to best serve the citizens of the state.  Governor Ricketts announced his budget and fiscal priorities during the State of the State Address, which will be a significant focus of our work in Appropriations.

There are two priorities that face the entire legislative body this session: property taxes and issues in Corrections. During my time on the campaign trail, the complaint I heard most often was the significant burden property taxes place on the people of District 38 and Nebraska. There have been a number of ideas introduced by my colleagues and I am in the process of analyzing the benefits and consequences of each of their proposals. In my opinion, it is imperative that we distinguish between tax relief and beginning the task of structural tax reform during this session. A long term solution is critical at this time.

As the session continues, I will continue to update you on the property tax situation, major bills on the floor of the legislature, as well as my committee’s process of building the state budget. If you have any questions, concerns, or comments, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 402-471-2732. I am honored to be your representative and I look forward to being as accessible as possible for the people of District 38.

Senator John Kuehn, District 38

Welcome Letter

January 20th, 2015

As the 104th Nebraska Legislature convened this past week, I want to take the opportunity to thank you again for electing me to serve District 38 in the Nebraska Legislature. Since the election, I have been busy working with my colleagues and examining issues critical to south central Nebraska. I have had the opportunity to sit down with many constituents and fellow Senators who are passionate about Nebraska. I look forward to working with them in order to make the state better for our residents, children, and future generations.

I was fortunate to be assigned to the important Appropriations Committee for this session. On this committee, myself and the other eight members will dive in to each line of the state budget to find the best possible way to allocate your tax dollars. It is a challenging task, and one that will provide me an opportunity to understand all aspects of state government.

For my staff, I have hired Barb DeRiese as my Administrative Assistant and Nick Knihnisky as my Legislative Assistant. Having been in the Capitol with the district for 11 years, Barb will provide my office with her extensive knowledge of the building, district, and its people. She can be contacted at bderiese@leg.ne.gov. Nick will assist with the research of legislation, consulting on introduced bills, as well as any legislative concerns you may have. He can be contacted at nknihnisky@leg.ne.gov.

I am in office 1117 at the Capitol and my door will be open Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm. If you can not make it to the office, please give me a call at 402-471-2732. I hope to be as accessible as possible to you and District 38. Please do not hesitate to contact me or my staff with any question, concern, or comment.