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UNO Women’s Policy Forum
Monday was a recess day so I spent my afternoon at the UNO Women’s Policy Forum. The forum is put on every year by UNO’s School of Public Administration. I was joined by Senator Howard, Senator Hunt, Senator Pansing Brooks, Senator Deboer and Senator Blood. The event had an excellent turnout and was a wonderful opportunity to discuss our passions and priorities this session.
For the Love of Reading Event
Also on Monday I had the chance to read to a class of second graders at Chandler View Elementary in Bellevue. The event was fun and educational and I hope these students keep pursuing their love of learning in the years to come! Thank you to Mr. Ventura for organizing this event for Senators to visit.
This week we made the transition from debating solely in the mornings to full-day floor debate. Our discussions on Friday included LB 1061 and LB 870 on Select File. Both bills advanced with strong bipartisan support. My staff and I have worked especially hard on LB 1061, our bill about the non-court child welfare system, this session. After reaching an agreement with the County Attorneys last week, we were especially excited to see it advance. I introduced LB 870, which was later prioritized by Senator Clements, to provide cities with direct borrowing power after a natural disaster. This bill would be helpful in cases of flooding, which is an issue we are well aware of as a body after the flooding last spring.
LB 944, the Transportation and Telecommunications committee priority package, also advanced Friday morning. My LB 983, a bill to eliminate the one point penalty for speeding violations up to five miles per hour, was amended into this bill.
LB 1001, my bill to require suicide hotline numbers to be printed on public school IDs, advanced as part of Senator Groene’s LB 1131 on Tuesday. I’ve received many moving emails and phone calls since introducing this bill and am glad to know that Nebraska students feel it would make a positive impact if passed.
Logan Middle School Visit
On Friday morning, 7th and 8th graders from Logan Fontenelle Middle School visited the Legislature for a tour of the building and to learn about the Unicameral process. I was glad they had a chance to sit in and listen as we debated bills on the floor.
Renewable Fuels Nebraska Reception
On Wednesday evening I attended a reception put on by Renewable Fuels Nebraska. I have received many emails this session about climate change related issues and the importance of transitioning to renewable energy sources, so I appreciated the chance to speak with experts about how we can be aware of our environmental impact within policy decisions.
NLA Advocacy Day
The Nebraska Library Association’s (NLA) Advocacy Day was held on Thursday. The NLA’s annual visit to Lincoln provides legislators with a chance to discuss state-wide opportunities and challenges with library volunteers. Their day in Lincoln included a legislative briefing in the morning and a luncheon. I appreciate NLA’s commitment to furthering learning in Nebraska communities.
Boy Scout Troop 305’s Chili Cook Off
This weekend I’m looking forward to being a judge at the Boy Scout Troop 305 Chili Cook Off. The cook off and silent auction will benefit Boy Scouts in the Bellevue and Offutt communities on Saturday, March 7th at 4:00pm. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 11 and under. For more information about Troop 305’s fundraising weekend please visit the website linked here.
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