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Dear Residents of the 40th District,
The Redistricting Committee introduced the bills outlining the changes in the districts for Nebraska’s members of the House of Representatives, the Legislature, the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, the Public Service Commission, and the University of Nebraska Board of Regents and Board of Education. Proposed maps move most of Northeast Nebraska, including the eastern part of Cedar County, into the 3rd Congressional district, now represented by Congressman Adrian Smith. Proposed maps also change Legislative District 40, to include Boyd County, Rock County, Dixon County, and the western part of Holt County. Knox, Cedar, and the eastern part of Holt County remain in District 40. Pierce County would move to District 41, currently represented by Senator Kate Sullivan from Cedar Rapids. I am very disappointed to have Pierce County move to another legislative district. The Redistricting Committee will hold public hearings on all of these bills and changes may be debated by the full Legislature.
The Legislature advanced the budget this week through the first two rounds of debate. Increased revenue forecasts have led to reduced withdrawal from the cash reserve. For 2011, $37 million will be transferred from the cash reserve to the general fund, and for 2012, $68 million will be transferred. Earlier estimates had allowed for $128 million to be transferred each of those years, and considerably less is needed at this time. It is important to maintain a healthy balance in the cash reserve, and the Legislature will continue to work rebuilding the balance in coming years.
The Legislature also began debate on LB397, which changes provisions relating to the Commission on Industrial Relations. While this bill did advance to the second round of debate, I and several of my colleagues are working on some additional changes to make the reform more comprehensive.
Please feel free to contact my office with your questions and comments at (402) 471-2801 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senator Tyson Larson