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Final Group of Bills Sent to the Governor
Today the Legislature passed the final bills of this session. Included in this group is LB 916, a bill I introduced to remove the contract with a physician currently required in our state for nurse practitioners to practice. Currently, nurse practitioners in Nebraska must practice under a contract with a doctor for their entire career. As a result, it is more difficult to get Nurse Practitioners in underserved rural communities and many nurse practitioners leave Nebraska following graduation. For example, 70% of new psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners, who we desperately need here in Nebraska, seek employment in other states, citing fewer practice restrictions in those other states.
LB 916 and the other bills passed today now go to the Governor for his signature. Watch for a legislative update next week for the final status of key bills passed this session.
Legislature Adjourns Sine Die
Earlier today the 103rd Legislature adjourned sine die. Unless the Governor calls a special session, the Legislature will meet again in January 2015. Due to term limits, 17 of my colleagues will not return to Lincoln in January. Part of today’s proceedings included tributes to the leaving senators and farewell speeches from these term-limited senators. It is sad to see so many strong leaders leave the body. We will have at least 17 new members next session, and possibly more.
Future Legislative Updates
With the Legislature adjourning sine die today, we will shift to our interim schedule for future legislative updates. Beginning in May, we will send legislative updates approximately once a month until the Legislative session begins again next January. These updates will focus on interim study and bill research for next session and will continue to feature events in the district and information about town hall events.
Join Us in Giving Back During ServeNebraska Week
Next week marks ServeNebraska week, which celebrates the service and volunteerism spirit of Nebraskans across the state. Nebraskans of all ages are encouraged to volunteer and give back to their communities during ServeNebraska week, April 20-26.
ServeNebraska Americorp members visited my office late last month
As part of ServeNebraska Week, our office will be closed on Thursday as we spend the day volunteering in the Bellevue community. Our service projects include work at Youth Emergency Services Maternity Home as well as projects at Central and Belleaire Elementary Schools. We will end the afternoon with an after-school town hall meeting at Mission Middle School. That evening I will speak to a group of caregivers at Hillcrest Health Services and then join other Political Science faculty to honor Creighton Political Science graduates.
Legislative Offices Closed for Easter
All legislative offices will be closed Friday and Monday to allow staff to celebrate Easter with their families. If you need assistance during this time, please leave a message and my staff will respond upon their return on Tuesday.
I hope that you and your family have a restful Easter weekend spent with family and friends.
All the best,