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Each year senators are allowed to designate one bill as their “priority bill”. Priority bill designation guarantees a bill will be scheduled for debate on the legislature. With the session half over, the debate on the biennial budget, and priority bills designated by senators, committees, and Speaker Hadley will make up the majority of this year’s remaining agenda.
Components of my bill, LB 389, are being combined as an amendment to LB 360, which has been prioritized by the Agriculture Committee. For my priority designation, I looked for bills which have advanced out of committee and will make a significant impact in District 38. To that end, I have designated LB 599 as my priority bill. LB 599, which I cosigned, establishes a new definition of a Young Student Worker as an individual who is 18 years of age or younger and is attending either a public or private high school. High school students are frequently employed in entry-level positions that provide valuable work experience. They also serve a critical role as part-time workers in small businesses.
LB 599 would support employers who provide these critical jobs for high school students by allowing them to offer a wage at $7.25 per hour. A committee amendment would raise that to $8 per hour. I have heard from many small business owners and employers from the district in strong support of LB 599. This bill enables small businesses to continue to hire and employ high school students and maintain those jobs that play such a vital role in our rural communities across District 38 and Nebraska. I anticipate a robust debate of the issue on the floor of the legislature.
This past Wednesday, I introduced LB 318 to the Appropriations Committee. The bill distributes funding to Nebraska’s eight Economic Development Districts, which provide vital services in the areas of community planning and housing development. Communities throughout District 38 know well the value provided by South Central Economic Development District, which serves the region. I am excited to help provide additional resources to continue the development of our rural communities through this highly successful model. Many constituencies in the district provided support on the record for LB 318. I am grateful for the support.
As always, I welcome your questions or concerns and I truly value your input regarding pending legislation or any particular issue. 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