The First Session of the 103rd Legislature was gaveled into order by Lieutenant Governor Rick Sheehy at 10:00 a.m. on January 9, 2013. This is the first year of a two-year session. We are tentatively scheduled to adjourn in early June.
I am pleased to announce that I have been elected Chairperson of the Legislature’s Education Committee. Making sure our young people receive a good education is one of the Legislature’s most important responsibilities. In line with my new role, I will also serve on the Revenue Committee.
My staff and I are located in room 1107 which is on the first floor in the southwest corridor of the State Capitol. Please stop and say hello if you’re in Lincoln when the Legislature is in session.
As has been my practice the past four years, I write a biweekly newsletter during the legislative session. Our local newspapers are kind enough to share the newsletter with you in print form. The newsletter is also posted biweekly on my web page: http://news.legislature.ne.gov/dist41/
Area teachers who are planning student field trips to the Capitol while the Legislature is in session – please be aware that all tours must be scheduled in advance with the Capitol Tour Office at (402) 471-0448. Please call the tour office as soon as possible to reserve your preferred date and time. Tours can’t be booked through my office nor do I have any influence in changing the Capitol Tour Office’s schedule. I strongly encourage teachers to call early and be flexible on their dates.
A toll-free hot line is available from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday to answer questions about bill status and fill requests for publications. The number is (800) 742-7456. The service is also available to the hearing and/or speech impaired.
The Legislature’s website is updated daily when we’re in session. Information about bills, amendments, fiscal notes, hearing schedules and other legislative business is easily accessible at: www.nebraskalegislature.gov
The Unicameral Update is free weekly publication containing hearing dates, in-depth stories, summaries of debate and other legislative information. The Update is available online. A free printed subscription may be ordered by calling the toll-free hot line at (800) 742-7456. Subscriptions must be renewed every January.
Introduction of new bills continues through January 23 with public hearings in the afternoons beginning January 22.
If you have questions regarding this newsletter, legislation or state issues, please call my legislative office at (402) 471-2631. There is Voicemail on my phone so if you get the recording, please leave a message and I’ll get back to you. You may also write to me c/o P.O. Box 94604, Lincoln, NE 68509 or email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you write or email, please include your full name and mailing address.
I look forward to hearing from you AND working hard for you and the betterment of rural Nebraska in our Nebraska Legislature.