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The Nebraska Legislature advanced LB 1067 on Select File this week, taking another step toward final passage of this important legislation. LB 1067 eliminates the Learning Community’s Common Property Tax Levy, reduces transportation costs for schools and includes provisions to allow schools to move boundaries when both schools agree. The bill retains Learning Community programs that specifically target improving learning outcomes for low-income children in Douglas and Sarpy counties.
There is still work to be done, but I am hopeful I will be able to report final passage of this bill in next week’s update.
Update on 2016 Crawford Bills
Tuesday will mark the 58th day of this 60-day session. As the 104th Legislature, 2nd Session winds down, I wanted to provide an update on the status of my legislation.
Update on on 2016 Urban Affairs Bills
Nineteen bills were heard by the Urban Affairs Committee this session, and another seven bills heard by the Urban Affairs Committee in 2015 were carried over to this session. Of those twenty-six total bills, sixteen have been signed into law. Another bill, LB 1012, was passed 45-0 by the Legislature this week and is awaiting the Governor’s signature.
This session, including committee-introduced legislation, I introduced six bills in the Urban Affairs Committee. All six have been signed into law.
LB 930 Advances to Final Read
I was glad that we advanced LB 930 this week. LB 930, introduced by Senator Scheer, replaces the NeSA state test with the ACT for 11th grade students. The state will fund the difference between the two tests with money from the Education Innovation Fund. There are three important advantages to this change: 1.) Fewer school days spent on testing; 2.) More student investment in doing well on the exam; and 3.) Students knowing their college and career readiness in the 11th grade while there is time to improve. This important change addresses key concerns that teachers have raised about excessive testing that takes time from teaching and evaluates teachers on student performance from tests on which students have no incentive to do well. Using the ACT test for achievement has the added benefit of ensuring that all Nebraska high school students have a chance to take this exam, which is an important part of the college application process. This test includes career readiness measures as well, so it also benefits students who directly enter the workforce.
District 45 Visitors
I was happy to help recognize District 45 Scouts on Monday. Congratulations to Paul Terneus, Eagle Scout with several Palms and Katherine Knights, Summit Award Rank
Michael and Denise Terneus family (above)
Katherine and Tracy Knights (above)
On Wednesday I had a great visit with 4th graders from Two Springs Elementary in Bellevue who were visiting the Capitol. I am looking forward to more student visits next week.
As a reminder, I am hosting an informational meeting Monday with officials from the Nebraska Department of Roads (DOR) and residents of the Normandy Hills and Fairview Road area. This meeting came about after constituents contacted me with questions and concerns about road construction in the area. This informational meeting will be a great opportunity for residents to talk directly with DOR. Details of this event are in the flier below. Please feel free to forward this information to anyone you know who might be interested in attending.
All my best,