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On August 22nd, I joined the Greater Bellevue Area Chamber for a business lunch and briefing on STRATCOM from Chief Master Sergeant Patrick F. McMahon. He reiterated how valuable community support in Bellevue is for the success of the STRATCOM mission. I often hear this message from military leaders in STRATCOM and Offutt. Thanks for all that you do to make this community support a reality.
LR 87 Committee Work
This interim, I am leading a special committee comprised of the Rules Committee members along with 6 additional appointed members. Our task is to assess the committee structure of the Legislature and recommend any needed changes. We’re digging into the workloads and topics of each committee to determine what changes, if any, are needed. We are also considering whether any new committees are warranted. The LR 87 select committee had its first meeting in the middle of August and will meet three more times before the session begins.
Cottage Law Goes into Effect
LB304, my cottage foods bill, went into effect on August 29th. Under this law, Nebraskans will be allowed to sell the same foods currently allowed for sale at farmers markets directly to consumers from their home, at events, or for pick up or delivery. Producers are subject to several requirements, such as registration with the Department of Agriculture, completion of a food safety and handling course, and proper labeling of food. My office has been collaborating with the Department of Agriculture to ensure that all producers are aware of these requirements. If you would like a copy of our informational flyer, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Information about the new law and registration forms will be available through the Department’s Food Safety & Consumer Protection Division at http://www.nda.nebraska.gov/fscp/index.html#. Specific questions about provisions or requirements of the law should be directed to the Department’s Food Safety & Consumer Protection Division at 402-471-3422.
RiverFest and Arrows to Aerospace Days
In the middle of the month it was great to celebrate RiverFest and Arrows to Aerospace Days. I appreciate all of the friendly shouts, applause and waves during the parade. It was fun to have Phil and a couple of his friends from UNL home for the weekend to help with the parade. The night before the parade I joined other volunteers to help take money at the gate for RiverFest. It was great to see so many people come out to enjoy the fun.
UNO Data Conference
On August 14, I attended the UNO Data Conference in Omaha. The purpose of the conference was to discuss the latest data from the Census Bureau and plans for the 2020 Census. We also had conversations about state and local population trends. The population trends show Sarpy continuing to grow, but also show that we have challenges with losing too many of our college graduates and we have upcoming challenges with the aging of our population.
BPS Mission 150 Event and Proclamation Ceremony
During Arrows to Aerospace Days, the BPS Alumni Association celebrated the 150th anniversary of Bellevue’s first school, Mission Middle School. Staff, parents, teachers, former students and other members of the Offutt/Bellevue community stopped by the adult social Friday and the parade on Saturday morning. During the official program at Mission Middle School, I was honored to present a celebratory proclamation passed by the Legislature last session, LR 185. Mission Middle School has been an amazing institution for learning in the past 150 years (including for our family) and I am excited to see what is still in store.
Labor Day Office Closure
All state offices, including my own, will be closed on Monday, September 2nd in observance of Labor Day. Wishing you and yours a wonderful Labor Day weekend.
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