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Floor debate has begun as bills move out of committee and make their way through the legislative process. Early work has focused on Revisor Bills that have passed Final Reading, as well as several that have advanced from General to Select File.
A bill introduced by Senator Crawford, LB 107, which I co-signed and advocated for during debate, advanced to Select File. LB 107 allows for increased access to quality medical care for the citizens of Nebraska’s rural communities. This is achieved by eliminating a practice agreement between nurse practitioners (NPs) and physicians. My sister-in-law, Shannon Kuehn, is a nurse practitioner at Kearney County Health Services in District 38. I know first-hand the proven standard of care and access to services NPs provide to their patients. This legislation will grant NPs the incentive to expand accessibility of primary medical service for our rural citizens by removing the requirement of a restrictive financial agreement.
Additionally, Director of Agriculture Greg Ibach was confirmed by the Unicameral last week. Director Ibach has done an admirable job during the ten years he has overseen the Department of Agriculture. While there were concerns over the operation of the Commercial Dog and Cat Operators Inspection Program, Director Ibach has been honest and direct in his commitment to protecting our companion animals. I am confident he will continue his exceptional record as the Director of Agriculture in the coming years. His dedication to the support and promotion of Nebraska’s largest industry is valuable to Nebraska agriculture.
With regard to the Commercial Dog and Cat Operators Inspection Program, I will have a hearing in front of the Agriculture Committee for LB 389 on Tuesday, February 17th. This bill seeks to provide the resources necessary to ensure the program is adequately supported by revising the license and re-inspection fees for large scale breeders. As a veterinarian, I am committed to advocating for the care and well-being of animals, and LB 389 addresses resource issues with regard to the inspection program.
As always, I welcome your questions or concerns regarding pending legislation or any particular issue. I have already received a number of e-mails, calls, and letters from the people of District 38 and I encourage you to continue to provide your input. My office can be reached at 402-471-2732 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For daily updates, please follow me on Twitter @JohnKuehnDVM.
Senator John Kuehn, District 38