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Headlines from the Legislature this week were dominated by the introduction of LB 405 and LB 406 to the Revenue Committee. These bills were introduced by my colleagues Senator McCoy and Senator Ashford at the request of Governor Dave Heineman. Debate on LB 405 continued well into the late evening, adjourning at 11:07 P.M. Many constituents have contacted me regarding this legislation, both in opposition, and in support. I appreciate this feedback. I look forward to seeing what tax reform measures are advanced from the Revenue Committee to the full body for debate. I will be watching for the impact of any of these reform ideas on working families, retirees, and economic development.
This week I testified on my bill, LB 429, which would increase transparency of awarded government contracts. Under this legislation, agencies and divisions would be required to post an electronic copy of all current contracts on the Department of Administrative Services website. These contacts would be searchable by dollar amount, agency/department, and by vendor. This bill was heard today in the Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee, chaired by Senator Bill Avery.
This week on the floor we discussed educational opportunities for dependents of deceased or disabled veterans (LB 180 by Senator Adams). I voted with many of my colleagues to advance this legislation. In Health and Human Services Committee, we discussed portability of career licenses for military spouses and veterans (LB 421 and LB 422). These bills were introduced by Senator Amanda McGill, and I am honored to be a cosponsor of both.
On the evening of Tuesday, February 26th at 7:00 P.M. I will be holding a town hall meeting at the Bellevue Public Library. I will briefly talk about the session thus far, legislation I have introduced, as well as issues that are being considered by my two committee assignments. There will also be time for you to ask any questions you may have. I hope that you and your family are able to join us on the 26th.
If you have any questions, please contact my office at (402) 471-2615 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I look forward to continuing to keep you updated on this session, and hope to see you at the town hall meeting, if not sooner!