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Last week was a busy week of committee hearings, floor debate, and meetings with constituents.
This session I serve on two committees: Banking, Commerce and Insurance as well as Health and Human Services. There are hearings on three to four bills each day, along with several floor votes every day. This update highlights a few from last week.
Last Tuesday, the Banking, Commerce, and Insurance Committee held a public hearing on LB 147, the Health Carrier External Review Act. This consumer protection bill will allow citizens to appeal denials of coverage for health procedures to an independent review organization. Today I voted, along with my colleagues, to advance the bill to the next round of debate.
On Thursday, we discussed another issue facing many foster care youth across the state of Nebraska: aging out of the foster care system. LB 216 would help these young people by providing a continuum of services until they reach age 21.
Earlier last week, I introduced LB 238 to the Revenue Committee. LB 238 would exempt military pensions, Social Security and other types of retirement pay provided individuals make other income in the state of Nebraska. This provision will provide for retiree tax relief while ensuring that we are able to keep our commitments to schools and families.
I am grateful to Bellevue Chamber President Jim Ristow for traveling to Lincoln and joining me to testify.
Last Wednesday, I voted with my colleagues to advance LB 112, which would streamline financial reporting work in the city of Bellevue and other communities across the state. Bellevue City Clerk Kay Dammast testified in support of this bill last week and I was happy to join her, and others, in supporting the bill.
In the District
On Thursday night, I enjoyed some pizza with members of Bellevue Chamber’s Government Affairs Council at That’s Amore in Old Towne Bellevue. Together we discussed some of the issues facing the Bellevue community and how to strengthen cooperation between city, county and state government.
Last month, I introduced LB 429, a bill that will add transparency and accountability to awarded state contracts. This Friday, February 8th I will appear before the Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee to discuss the legislation.
As always, please contact me at (402) 471-2615 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns.
In your continued service,
Senator Sue Crawford