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This week we extended the temporary rules for the 3rd time this session. The debate will resume on Monday, the 20th of March. Hopefully between now and then, we can debate and pass some bills as we have spent a third of the session fighting over the rules and little else has gotten done.
Friday the 17th was a recess day at the Capitol, and that night I met with the Niobrara Council at the Peppermill in Valentine. It was very informative and I appreciated the chance to meet those on the Board.
This past Saturday the 18th, was my first townhall meeting as a Senator of District 43 at the American Legion in Gordon, NE. Many are very involved and asked great questions. It is important to keep the lines of communication open and I look forward to the next townhall meeting in the district.
Sunday, I had the opportunity to meet informally with several who have concerns about LB 504 which addresses the commercial wind energy in the Sandhills. It was a good discussion and a very emotional issue for all involved. I look forward to hearing from everybody from all sides of this issue.
Wednesday, February 22nd, is the day I testify in front of the Judiciary Committee on LB165 E-Verify. This bill implements the E-Verify system for private employers in Nebraska. It is already in use for state and federal government hiring.
Friday, February 24th, my bill LB 498 Homestead Exemption will be heard in the Revenue Committee. Currently the Homestead Exemption stays with the property, my bill will change the language of the Homestead Exemption Act so this important benefit is connected with a person instead of a piece of real estate.
Again, I appreciate all of your input and concerns. Please contact the office if you would like to set up a time to visit with me, or you have any concerns about what is happening in our current legislature.