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Sen. Sue Crawford

Sen. Sue Crawford

District 45

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This update is being posted on Thursday instead of Saturday morning because all legislative offices will be closed for Easter on Friday April 19th and Monday April 22nd. The Legislature is usually also closed on Arbor Day (Friday April 26th), which is a state holiday, but we will be in session until noon that day. All other state offices will be closed April 26th.

Happy Easter! I wish you and your family a blessed Easter weekend.

Flood Recovery Resource Updates

My office is maintaining a post on my website with information about flooding assistance resources and key contacts. You can find that page here. My office will continue to update that page with additional information as it becomes available.

Crawford Bills Advance

This week two of my bills were debated and passed on the first round of debate. My personal priority bill this session is LB 323. This bill amends eligibility criteria for Nebraska’s Medicaid Insurance for Workers with Disabilities program, commonly referred to as “Medicaid Buy-In”. This program allows individuals with disabilities to pay a premium for, or “buy-in” to Medicaid coverage while working and earning an income that puts them over the traditional eligibility threshold. Current eligibility criteria is outdated and convoluted, often preventing program participants from taking a job, working more hours, or taking a pay raise. The bill passed the first round vote with an amendment we developed in collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services and disability advocates. The amended version of the bill streamlines eligibility criteria so that individuals who want to work, work more, or take a promotion can do so while reducing estimated costs resulting from the original version of the bill.

LB 237 was designated a Speaker Priority. This bill restores a monthly commission to counties across the state for motor vehicle sales tax collections over a certain amount. LB237 addresses an under-funded mandate that the state has placed on counties to collect motor vehicle sales taxes. While the counties collect hundreds of millions in motor vehicle sales tax for the state each year, the collection process takes staff time and resources for which the counties are not currently being adequately reimbursed. Currently, each county receives only $900 for conducting this work. The bill reinstates a commission per dollar collected that was previously in place to provide counties with funding to help fund Treasurer staff who do this important work. This is part of my efforts to address unfunded mandates to counties. Supporting our counties is an important part of controlling property taxes.

Property Tax Relief Proposal

The property tax proposal hearing, which I reported on last week, was originally scheduled for Thursday April 18th. It has been rescheduled to 4:00pm on Wednesday April 24th. The proposal the hearing will be about has been submitted as an amendment to LB 289, which you can access here. If you would like to come testify at that hearing, it will take place in room 1510. If you would like to submit written testimony, it must be submitted by 5:00 PM on Tuesday April 23rd to the Revenue Committee Chair, Senator Lou Ann Linehan (llinehan@leg.ne.gov). You can also watch a live stream of the hearing on NET’s website here.

The property tax proposal posted as an amendment to LB 289 is largely the work of Senator Mike Groene and Senator Linehan. The Revenue Committee members, including me, all agree with the general principle of shifting more spending to education to reduce property taxes. Our state ranks near the bottom in state funding for schools, which helps to explain why we rank near the top in property tax burden. However, several members of the Revenue Committee, including me, still have concerns with the LB 289 proposal and are looking forward to further work by the committee to address those concerns.

Specifically, I am concerned about new lids on educational spending, particularly if they do not have exceptions for special needs students. I am also concerned about the provisions in the current bill that pull down agriculture valuations from 75% to 65% and residential and commercial valuations from 100% to 90%. This pulls down revenue to all political subdivisions, when we are only pushing state funding to schools. There are ways to adjust the proposal so that it pulls down levies for school funding without impacting the revenues for cities and counties and other political subdivisions.

Finally, it is critical if we raise sales taxes to reduce property taxes that we do something to blunt the impact of higher sales taxes, particularly on low-income families who do not own property and will not benefit from the property tax reductions. There are ways to address this issue through a renter’s tax credit or increasing our Earned Income Tax Credit, which returns a tax credit to low-income workers. If you share any of these concerns, or if you have other concerns or feedback for the plan laid out in the LB 289 amendment, I encourage you to submit written testimony or come and testify to share your concerns with the Revenue Committee.

Belleaire Elementary Visit 

The 4th graders of Belleaire Elementary visited on Wednesday April 17th. We talked about the legislative process and how people from all different backgrounds can be elected to public service.

Bills on the Agenda

We continued with all-day bill debate this week. Some of the bills we addressed on the first round of debate include:

Senator Carol Blood introduced and prioritized LB 138, which allows the Department of Motor Vehicles to design and issue specialty license plates honoring those who served in the armed forces in Iran, Afghanistan, the Persian Gulf War, the Vietnam War, and the Global War on Terror. Support Our Troops license plates will also be available. A portion of the revenue generated by the Support Our Troops license plate sales will be deposited into the Veterans Employment Program Fund, which will be overseen by the Nebraska Department of Economic Development and will help the state recruit and educate veterans who are newly separated from military service about the opportunities Nebraska has for them. The DMV expects to begin offering these plates to the public by January 1, 2021.

LB 693 is a bill that attempts to address those exceedingly annoying spam calls we all get on our cell phones. Introduced and prioritized by Senator Steve Halloran, the bill authorizes the Nebraska Attorney General’s office to investigate telemarketers who knowingly manipulate caller ID information to make it appear as though phone calls are from a trusted number, commonly known as “spoofing.” Tackling this issue is difficult, as many of these calls are generated overseas by bad actors who don’t care whether they break the law. We know that this bill alone will not stop all of the calls, which is why the federal government is also working on national solutions. LB 693 does give Nebraska greater enforcement powers, however, and is a step in the right direction.

College affordability has been a concern for Nebraskans for a long time, and saving for education after high school is an important topic. LB 610, which Senator Brett Lindstrom introduced and prioritized, combines two good bills to help Nebraska students start saving early. First, it creates the College Savings Incentive Cash Fund. Under that program, employers can match employee contribution to their child’s 529 college savings plan and get a 25% refund, capped at $2000 per employee. In other words, if an employee contributes $100 and the employer matches it with their own $100 contribution, the employer will receive $25 back from the cash fund. The other program is the College Savings Plan Matching Grant Program, under which every child whose family income is between 200-250% of the federal poverty level can apply for a dollar-for-dollar match from the state on their 529 contributions, up to $1000 per child. Families under 200% of the federal poverty level would be eligible for a 2-for-1 dollar match. The state contribution for each program is capped at $250,000 annually, and the intention is to not use state general funds. Both programs start January 1 2022.

In addition to our first-round debates, we spent time Thursday on Final Reading and got 14 bills across the finish line and to the Governor’s desk. Three important bills, which I talked about in previous weeks, include: LB 316, which prohibits gag clauses that restrict pharmacies from volunteering full pricing information to patients, like when there may be a cheaper prescription available outside of their insurance coverage; LB 713, which provides for the creation of long-term analyses from the Legislative Fiscal Office; and LB 390, an important measure to both keep our schools safe and ensure that school resource officers are equipped to appropriately respond to the unique situations that may arise in a school setting.

UNL Research Fair 

On Tuesday students representing more than 25 research teams, comprised of University of Nebraska students who are engaged in research under the guidance of a faculty mentor, presented their research.

I enjoyed the opportunity to see the exciting research done by UNL students, including by Chris Wiseman from Bellevue. His research, which tests the impact of a sophisticated technique that he helped to develop, promises to dramatically improve wound care for patients with diabetes.

Behavioral Health Resource Expo

April is quickly coming to a close and we are now nearing the beginning of Mental Health Awareness Month. On April 27th the Sarpy County public defender’s office, in collaboration with Lift Up Sarpy, will sponsor a behavioral health expo to provide an opportunity for families in Sarpy County to learn about resources available in our community. The expo is free to attend and will be held at Thanksgiving Church (3702 S. 370 Plaza, Bellevue, Nebraska) this Saturday April 27th from 9am-12pm. Organizers have worked hard, as in past years, to put on an event that creates a safe space for dialogue regarding mental health and serves as a networking opportunity for people seeking help or information on the subject. If you have suggestions or resources that you would like highlighted in this area for upcoming years, please contact my office and I will forward them to the organizers of the event.

Stay Up to Date with What’s Happening in the Legislature

  • You are welcome to come visit my Capitol office in Lincoln. My office is room 1012, and can be found on the first floor in the northwest corner of the building.
  • If you would like to receive my e-newsletter, you can sign up here. These go out weekly on Saturday mornings during session, and monthly during the interim.
  • You can also follow me on Facebook (here) or Twitter (@SenCrawford).
  • You can watch legislative debate and committee hearings live on NET Television or find NET’s live stream here.
  • You can always contact my office directly with questions or concerns at scrawford@leg.ne.gov or (402)471-2615.

All the best,

Flood Recovery Resource Updates

My office is maintaining a post on my website with information about flooding assistance resources and key contacts. You can find that page here. My office will continue to update that page with additional information as it becomes available.

I do want to highlight one new resource that will be available next week. The Department of Labor will be bringing a Mobile Workforce Center to Bellevue and other flood-impacted communities next week. This mobile computer lab will be available next week for workers impacted by the flooding. The State of Kansas has donated its KANSASWORKS Mobile Workforce Center for stops in Bellevue, Fremont, Valley and Plattsmouth April 16-19. Nebraska Department of Labor (NDOL) unemployment insurance claims specialists and employment specialists will be stationed in the workforce center at each location to assist with claims for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) and job searching. The unit will operate from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.  Individuals should look for a bus displaying the KANSASWORKS logo. The bus will visit the following locations:

Location 1
Bellevue, Twin Creek
Address: 3802 Raynor Parkway, Suite 201
Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Hours: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Location 2
Fremont Learning Center
Address: 130 E. 9th Street
Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Hours: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Location 3
Valley, American Legion Post 58
Address: 111 E. Front Street
Date: Thursday, April 18, 2019
Hours: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Location 4
Plattsmouth Community Center
Address: 308 S. 18th Street
Date: Friday, April 19, 2019
Hours: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Workers in Butler, Cass, Colfax, Dodge, Douglas, Nemaha, Sarpy, Saunders and Washington counties have until April 26 to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance. Workers in Boone, Buffalo, Custer, Knox, Richardson and Thurston counties and the Santee Sioux Nation have until May 3 to apply.  Workers in Antelope, Boyd, Burt, Cuming, Hall, Howard, Madison, Nance, Pierce, Platte, Saline, and Stanton counties have until May 13 to apply.

Property Tax Proposal Hearing

This year I am a member of the Revenue Committee, and we have been working for months to put together a comprehensive, statewide property tax relief proposal. The state government does not collect property taxes but has been under pressure for years to help lower them indirectly. We held bill hearings on a large number of bills to that effect, all of which proposed different ideas and approaches to provide some relief to property taxpayers, especially ag landowners, without shifting that burden too far in another direction and creating a whole new problem.

Next week there will be a hearing on one more proposal that directs funding to education and changes the education formula to pull down property tax rates. This bill includes a new cap on school spending and it pulls down agriculture property valuations from 75% to 65% and other valuations from 100% to 90%. Since this new package has not had a hearing as a bill before the Revenue Committee we will be having a special hearing on the bill. I have concerns about the complexity of this plan and the impact of the new spending restriction on schools. It has some components that move in the right direction, but I think we will still be tinkering to pull together a plan over the next two to three weeks. The hearing for the new package is Thursday May 18th at 1:00 pm. That will be a special joint hearing between the Revenue, Education, and Retirement Systems Committees. If you would like to come testify at that hearing, it will take place in room 1510. You can also watch a live stream of the hearing on the NET website here.

Birchcrest Elementary Visit

The 4th graders of Birchcrest Elementary visited their state capitol on Tuesday April 9th.

Like 4th graders across the state, they have been learning about our unique Unicameral system and had a great time coming to watch the process in action. It was a joy to meet them all and talk to them about how they can be leaders in our great state.

Medicaid Expansion Briefing

On Thursday April 11th the Health & Human Services and Appropriations Committees held a joint hearing for the Department of Health and Human Services to give an update on Medicaid expansion implementation. Members of both committees expressed significant concerns about the implementation plan that DHHS released recently. You can read more about the plan and the hearing in the World Herald here. My primary concerns are about the planned delay in implementation and the confusing two-tiered system with work requirements, which may create more administrative expense and bureaucratic red tape for citizens. I will continue to be involved in asking DHHS to rethink their proposal and move forward with a plan that is more in line with what the successful 2018 Medicaid expansion ballot initiative promised.

Bills on the Agenda

Senator Sara Howard introduced and prioritized LB 556, which amends Nebraska statutes surrounding the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP). The PDMP, an electronic database that tracks the prescribing and dispensing of controlled substances, was created in 2011. This bill creates a line of communication between states in case a person is trying to fill a single prescription in multiple states, allows highly regulated sharing of de-identified prescription data for research purposes, and adds requirements for prescription and identifying data to be collected to aid in patient matching and medication reconciliation. LB 556 as amended will contribute to the PDMP’s primary purpose: informing and protecting patients.

LB 570, sponsored and prioritized by Senator Lynne Walz, would establish a comprehensive Olmstead Plan to meet the integration mandate under the Americans with Disabilities Act. An Olmstead Plan is essentially a roadmap detailing programs and services for people with disabilities within the state. Nebraska is one of six states that does not have a current plan to address this issue, which creates complications for disabled people trying to integrate into communities, educational institutions, and professional environments. This bill seeks to remedy that absence. DHHS is in full agreement that this bill will prompt continued and purposeful dialogue on how to best serve disabled Nebraskans, with a strategic plan that parallels those already passed in most other states.

Senator Joni Albrecht introduced LB 222, which makes changes to the Volunteer Emergency Responders Incentive Act. The bill was given a Speaker Priority designation. Many small towns rely on volunteer emergency responders to keep them safe, and those volunteers contribute not just their time but also often money through training fees and equipment purchases. The Act is meant to give a small tax credit to these volunteer emergency responders to both encourage more people to volunteer and reward those who already give of their time. Confusion among municipalities and counties, however, has in some cases resulted in information being filed with the state incorrectly or not at all. LB 222 streamlines the procedure to administer the tax credit so it can be more effective and avoid unintended penalties against those who are qualified to claim it.

As demonstrated by month’s flood disaster, Nebraska’s 211 Resource Hotline has never been more important. In addition to providing referrals to disaster relief services, the 211 hotline can direct people to local shelter and food resources, employment support, health services, community engagement opportunities, and other assistance. Senator Mike McDonnell introduced and prioritized LB 641 to increase funding to Heartland United Way, which runs 211, so that the organization can keep the phone lines open 24-7. The bill passed on the first round, but with the agreement that Senator McDonnell would work to find a different funding source instead of the Health Care Cash Fund. You can learn more about 211 here.  

Stay Up to Date with What’s Happening in the Legislature

  • You are welcome to come visit my Capitol office in Lincoln. My office is room 1012, and can be found on the first floor in the northwest corner of the building.
  • If you would like to receive my e-newsletter, you can sign up here. These go out weekly on Saturday mornings during session, and monthly during the interim.
  • You can also follow me on Facebook (here) or Twitter (@SenCrawford).
  • You can watch legislative debate and committee hearings live on NET Television or find NET’s live stream here.
  • You can always contact my office directly with questions or concerns at scrawford@leg.ne.gov or (402)471-2615.

All the best,

Flood Recovery Resources

My office is maintaining a post on my website with information about flooding assistance resources and key contacts. You can find that page here. My office will continue to update that page with additional information as it becomes available.

I do want to highlight one new resource that will be available this weekend: a Multi Agency Resource Center (MARC) will be open on April 7th and April 8th. It will offer impacted residents additional aid and resources, including financial assistance for those who qualify, from multiple relief agencies. The MARC brings relief resources and offers residents convenient access to agencies in one central location. The American Red Cross, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Salvation Army and the Nebraska Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) are just a few of the organizations that will be available at the MARC. Full details on open hours and location are on the flyer below.

Bills on the Agenda

Since committee bill hearings are finished, this week the Legislature began all-day debate. Some of the bills we addressed on the first round of debate this week include:

Senator Carol Blood’s LB 15 received a Speaker Priority. The bill creates the Children of Nebraska Hearing Aid Act and would make it easier for parents to get necessary hearing aids for their children. LB 15 requires health insurance companies to cover hearing aids in certain circumstances, making these key devices more accessible to families. This is a critical bill to help children whose hearing impairments can be addressed by hearing aids, as hearing plays such a crucial role in a child’s language development and learning and early intervention is key for those children to receive the greatest benefit. Working hand-in-hand with investments in sign language instruction and other adaptations to help those for whom a hearing aid would be ineffective or undesirable, LB 15 will result in good things for Nebraska’s children.

LB 472, sponsored and prioritized by Senator Myron Dorn, was introduced in response to the $28.1 million legal judgement leveled against Gage County in the “Beatrice Six” wrongful conviction case. LB 472 allows the county to impose a half-cent sales tax to pay the judgment so that they are not reliant on just a huge increase in property taxes. There is no perfect way for Gage County to pay this judgment. Certainly, the vast majority of the property owners and county residents who will ultimately pay the judgment through their taxes had nothing to do with the botched investigation that led to the judgment; by that same measure, though, those who were wrongfully convicted had nothing to do with the crime they spent years in prison for. LB 472 is a reasonable approach for Gage County, in that it spreads the payment more evenly among residents, businesses, and visitors who spend in the county.

Senator Adam Morfeld introduced and prioritized LB 352, a bill to adjust how the justice system works with jailhouse informants. Jailhouse witnesses can be an important source of evidence in criminal trials, but that kind of testimony has also been implicated in a large number of wrongful conviction cases nationwide. LB 352 requires that prosecutors keep track of the details of any jailhouse informant testimony they collect if that testimony is used in their prosecution. The bill also requires that a defendant’s lawyers receive notice of what testimony a jailhouse witness gave, whether the witness has ever submitted such testimony before in other cases, and information about any benefits the jailhouse witness may receive in exchange for their testimony. The Nebraska Attorney General’s Office, The Innocence Project, and the County Attorneys all agreed on the final language of the amended bill. LB 352 is an important measure to protect due process for defendants without unduly limiting prosecutors in their work.

LB 512 is a cleanup bill from the Revenue Committee. We spent the most time discussing AM 1217 which incorporates Senator Erdman’s LB 482 into the bill. LB 482 creates a mechanism to reassess property values outside of usual timelines in cases where a property has been destroyed by a natural disaster. When this bill was introduced in January, no one knew that it would be relevant to so many Nebraskans so quickly. There are still important process questions to work out before the next round of debate, but I think the intent of the bill is good. I am supportive of the bill, though we did not get to a vote on it this week. If the bill does advance, I will work with Senator Erdman to try to find a workable solution to help those who face property destruction from natural disasters far beyond their control.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

On Thursday April 4th Senator Machaela Cavanaugh, sexual assault survivors, other supoprtive senators, and advocates came together for a press conference to announce April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Nebraska. Senator Cavanaugh plans to introduce a Legislative Resolution to bring attention to the issue of sexual assault and rape and pledge the state to keep taking steps toward prevention. The theme of this month is “I Ask,” to recognize the importance of normalizing affirmative consent conversations. The goal is to change how we talk about sexual assault and rape to make it clear that those who survive such attacks are not at fault for their experiences.

Several bills to address the sexual assault problem in Nebraska, such as Senator Wendy DeBoer’s LB 141 and Senator Tom Brewer’s LB 154, have already been enacted into law. Others, like Senator Patty Pansing Brooks’ LB 173, Senator Julie Slama’s LB 519, and Senator Cavanaugh’s LB 534, are still working through the legislative process. It is important that the Legislature continue to work on this critical issue: to help survivors, but also to create policies and support societal norms that will prevent assaults from ever occurring in the first place.

Capitol Construction Update 

With the end of bill hearings, the construction crew working on the capitol have blocked off the west hallway to work on hearing rooms 1524 and 1525 and the other rooms in that hall. That means navigating the 1st floor has changed again: you can still enter the capitol from the west side, but once inside you have to walk up and around past my office in the northwest quadrant. You can no longer get directly from the west entrance to the central information desk and stairs.

SCSJ Visit

Five students from Creighton’s Schlegel Center for Service and Justice (SCSJ) visited the capitol with SCSJ Associate Director Kelly Tadeo-Orbik on Friday April 5th. The SCSJ engages students in community service, reflection and action on behalf of justice and sustainability as they progress through their education at Creighton.


L-R: Me, Tyler Wikoff, Rebekah O’Donnell, Quinn Hardy, Katie Ruane, Alyssa Beasley, Senator Pansing Brooks, and Kelly Tadeo Orbik

The group at the capitol spent the morning watching debate and talking to senators.  Senator Patty Pansing Brooks has introduced several bills of interest to the students, so they spent time in her office discussing juvenile justice and sex trafficking issues. I had the privilege to join the students for lunch and conversation about what they learned. This is a group of dedicated, intelligent young people and it was a pleasure to have them at the capitol.

Stay Up to Date with What’s Happening in the Legislature

  • You are welcome to come visit my Capitol office in Lincoln. My office is room 1012, and can be found on the first floor in the northwest corner of the building.
  • If you would like to receive my e-newsletter, you can sign up here. These go out weekly on Saturday mornings during session, and monthly during the interim.
  • You can also follow me on Facebook (here) or Twitter (@SenCrawford).
  • You can watch legislative debate and committee hearings live on NET Television or find NET’s live stream here.
  • You can always contact my office directly with questions or concerns at scrawford@leg.ne.gov or (402)471-2615.

All the best,

Flood Recovery Resources

My office is maintaining a post on my website with information about flooding assistance resources and key contacts. You can find that page here. My office will continue to update that page with additional information as it becomes available.

I do want to highlight one resource that’s coming to Bellevue this week: Nebraska Total Care will be providing free vision services for the community in Bellevue on Monday, April 1 as part of their flood relief efforts. The event will take place at OneWorld Bellevue (2207 Georgia Avenue) from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. The Envolve Vision Van will provide services and vision screenings on a first-come, first-serve basis. Free reading glasses and sunglasses will be available onsite. If it is determined that new glasses are needed, patients may choose frames on-site and glasses will be shipped within a month. Prescription glasses are available in single vision or line bifocals only.

Capitol Visitor – Chaplain of the Day

On Monday March 25th the Chaplain of the Day was from District 45. Bishop Evan Clark, from the Bellevue First Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, joined the Legislature to give the morning invocation.

Bishop Clark’s wife Rachel and children Erin and Malachi were also at the capitol to hear the prayer and watch debate. It was a pleasure to meet Bishop Clark and his family and host them at the capitol!

Bills on the Agenda

This week the Legislature spent the beginning of the week on General File debate, which means we took up a number of bills for the first time this session and advanced them to the second round. Some of the highlights include:

Senator Patty Pansing Brooks introduced and prioritized LB 390, which requires additional training for school resource officers. The bill still allows schools to continue utilizing school resource officers in their buildings to protect teachers and students. LB 390 requires schools to create a memorandum of understanding between the district and law enforcement with a clear statement of the school resource officer’s role and responsibilities in the school. School resource officers will also need to undergo training on the specific issues they are likely to deal with in a school setting. This bill is an important measure to both keep our schools safe and ensure that school resource officers are equipped to appropriately respond to the unique situations that may arise in a school setting.

The Banking, Commerce & Insurance Committee prioritized Senator Mark Kolterman’s LB 316. The bill provides protections for pharmacies to disclose information regarding drug prices and prohibits insurers from charging covered individuals in excess of certain amounts. Under current law, agreements that restrict pharmacies from sharing pricing information with patients are allowable; under such an agreement, a pharmacist cannot volunteer information to a patient that there may be a cheaper prescription available outside of their insurance coverage. The pharmacist can only tell a patient about the cheaper option for their prescription if the patient specifically asks the pharmacist for it. Many patients, however, do not know to ask. This bill would make such gag clauses illegal, enabling pharmacists in the state to proactively share that information with their patients and inform them if it is cheaper to pay for a prescription out of pocket, rather than through their insurance copay. This bill is important to provide for greater transparency and to help lower consumer healthcare costs.

LB 713, introduced by Senator Tony Vargas and prioritized by the Executive Board, provides for the creation of long-term analyses from the Legislative Fiscal Office. Senator Vargas is Chair of the Legislature’s Planning Committee, which as the name suggests is focused on long-term state planning and data collection. Our fiscal office currently creates fiscal impact statements for all bills, but the Legislature does not have as many long-range financial reports to rely on for extended projections. LB 713 directs the Fiscal office to create and publish a joint revenue volatility report in even-numbered years, and conduct a budget stress test in odd-numbered years. These reports will be extremely valuable for legislators as well as other state agencies and members of the public.

Senator Machaela Cavanaugh’s LB 59 makes key adjustments to the Children’s Residential Facilities and Placing Licensure Act, which governs out-of-home placements for children involved in the state child welfare system. LB 59 clarifies the kinds of complaints that the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) must investigate and codifies their required timeline to do so. This is key to protecting the children who are under state care. The bill also provides more information to the Legislature by requiring timely reports when DHHS conducts an investigation.

This week the committees wrapped up the last of their bill hearings. Monday April 1st is a recess day; starting Tuesday April 2nd we will move into all-day debate with the full Legislature.

Unicameral Youth Legislature

Each summer at the Nebraska State Capitol, the Office of the Clerk of the Nebraska Legislature coordinates the Unicameral Youth Legislature. High school students are invited to take on the role of state senators in the nation’s one and only unicameral by conducting committee hearings, sponsoring and debating bills and exploring the legislative process. Students who are interested in public office, government, politics, law, public policy, debate or public speaking are encouraged to consider this program, which will be held from June 9th to the 12th. The registration deadline is May 15th.

Registrants are encouraged to apply for a Greg Adams Civic Scholarship award, which covers the full cost of admission. Other $100 scholarships are also available. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Extension 4-H Youth Development Office coordinates housing and recreational activities as part of the Big Red Summer Camps program. To learn more about the program, go to www.NebraskaLegislature.gov/uyl or call the Clerk of the Legislature’s office at (402) 471-2788.

Unclaimed Property

The 2019 State Treasurer’s Unclaimed Property Report has been published, which is a good reminder to check if the state is holding any money in your name. The printed publication, which is available as a PDF here, represents the $19,835,822 in new unclaimed property reported just since last year’s publication. Individuals, businesses, colleges, institutions and governmental entities may all have unclaimed property. The searchable database of all unclaimed property can be accessed at https://treasurer.nebraska.gov/up/

Stay Up to Date with What’s Happening in the Legislature

  • You are welcome to come visit my Capitol office in Lincoln. My office is room 1012, and can be found on the first floor in the northwest corner of the building.
  • If you would like to receive my e-newsletter, you can sign up here. These go out weekly on Saturday mornings during session, and monthly during the interim.
  • You can also follow me on Facebook (here) or Twitter (@SenCrawford).
  • You can watch legislative debate and committee hearings live on NET Television or find NET’s live stream here.
  • You can always contact my office directly with questions or concerns at scrawford@leg.ne.gov or (402)471-2615.

All the best,

Flooding Resources

Earlier this week I sent out a special update with information about flooding assistance resources and key contacts. You can find that special update here. My office will continue to update that page with additional information as it becomes available.

Paid Family and Medical Leave Discussion

On Tuesday and Wednesday this week we debated LB 311, my bill to create the Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Act. The bill was prioritized by Senator Machaela Cavanaugh. Supporters made a strong case for this bill, but it was filibustered and does have enough votes to advance. While this result is disappointing, I am committed to continuing to work towards a solution. PFML has broad support among Nebraskans and is increasingly emerging as a bipartisan area of agreement. We will continue to work for a comprehensive PFML system in our state, even if it doesn’t happen this year.

Priority Bills

As of Wednesday this week we have the final list of bills that have been prioritized. If you missed my explanation of the priority bill process last week, you can find it here.

My priority bill this session is LB 323. This bill amends eligibility criteria for Nebraska’s Medicaid Insurance for Workers with Disabilities (MIWD) program. This program allows individuals with disabilities to pay a premium for, or “buy-in” to, Medicaid coverage while working and earning an income that puts them over the traditional eligibility threshold. Current eligibility criteria is outdated and prevents persons who should otherwise qualify from participating in the program. After the hearing I worked with both the Department of Health and Human Services and disability advocates to create an amendment that offers the greatest possible coverage under this program in a fiscally responsible way.

In addition to LB 323, I had three other bills prioritized this session:

  • Senator Ben Hansen prioritized my LB 304, a “cottage foods” bill that would allow Nebraskans to sell foods already authorized for sale at farmers’ markets to customers from their homes, at certain events, or for order and delivery online or over the phone. This bill only pertains to foods that are not time/temperature controlled for safety, including foods such as baked goods, uncut fruits and vegetables, jams, jellies, and fresh or dried herbs. Hundreds of Nebraska families are already purchasing and safely consuming these locally produced products at farmers’ markets. This legislation makes cottage foods available throughout the year and provides access to local foods in communities that do not have farmers’ markets.
  • LB 237 was given a Speaker Priority. This bill restores a monthly commission to counties across the state for motor vehicle sales tax collections over a certain amount. We worked with a Speaker to develop an amendment that ensures no counties will lose money under this bill. This is part of my efforts to address unfunded mandates to counties, and supporting our counties is an important part of the property tax equation.
  • Finally, Senator Cavanaugh prioritized LB 311, discussed above.

You can find the full list of all designated priority bills here. They cover topics ranging from military honor license plates to tenant rights to ag land valuation.

There were 107 bills given either a personal, committee, or speaker priority this session. Those bills, plus the state budget, will make up the bulk of the bills we discuss for the rest of the session. Any bill that was not prioritized can still be amended into another priority bill, or it can be included on the Consent Calendar if it is eligible (for a summary of how Consent Calendar works, see my explanation in a previous update here). Aside from those avenues, a bill with no priority is unlikely to be debated this session even if it is advanced out of committee. Bills will carry over to the next year of this biennium, though, and there will be an opportunity at the beginning of the 2020 session to take some of those bills up on worksheet order. I have had a number of bills pass that way in my legislative career.

Bills on the Agenda

On our floor agenda this week were a number of important bills. Some of the highlights include:

Senator Tom Brewer’s LB 511 is a simple but impactful bill would authorize state employees to request a work hours adjustment so they can participate in an approved youth mentoring program. Organizations like TeamMates and Big Brothers Big Sisters rely on a network of volunteers to give their time to mentor young people in Nebraska. This bill makes it explicitly clear that state employees can request a schedule adjustment to participate in these important programs. LB 511 was advanced to Select File, the second round of debate, unanimously.

We took up two different bills relating to Nebraska ground conditions. The first, LB 130, was introduced by Senator Wendy DeBoer. It implements the recommendations published by the Radon Resistant New Construction Task Force in 2018. Radon is an odorless, colorless gas with known carcinogenic effects. Nebraska has the 3rd highest concentration of radon in the United States, so addressing its presence in people’s homes is important to protect health and welfare. LB 130 will ensure that new residences constructed in Nebraska are more resistant to radon’s harmful effects. The second bill is LB 243, which was introduced and prioritized by Senator Tim Gragert. LB 243 creates the Healthy Soils Task Force, made up of ag experts and scientists. The goal of the bill is to promote more widespread use of healthy soil practices among farm and ranch landowners and operators in Nebraska in order to improve the health, yield, and profitability of the soil, increase its carbon sequestration capacity, and improve water quality. Both LB 130 and LB 243 were advanced to Select File.

We spent significant time discussing Senator Megan Hunt’s LB 169, a bill to restore SNAP eligibility for those convicted of drug felonies once they have completed their custodial sentence. Our current system is unnecessarily punitive and increases the risk of recidivism for this population. The bill was filibustered and did not come to a vote this week; I anticipate that it will be scheduled for further debate at a later date.

Kick Butts Day

Wednesday March 20th was No Limits Nebraska’s Kick Butts Day, an annual event that brings young people to the capitol to advocate against tobacco use and for policies to keep kids from picking up the habit. LD 45 resident Brooklyn Larimore has been active in this organization for years, and it’s always a pleasure to see her! This year Brooklyn was joined by high school student Jasmine Snyder to share information about tobacco prevention strategies.

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Parts of Bellevue were among the wide swathes of the state hit by devastating flooding this month. Thanks to the quick actions of impacted residents and first responders, there were no deaths reported in Bellevue. We mourn deeply for those who lost their lives across our state and in Iowa.

This update is to share information about short-term emergency assistance available, options to volunteer and donate in our community, and information about long-term recovery efforts. Please share this information with anyone you know who may find it useful. My office will continue to update this page with new information as it becomes available.

Emergency Assistance Contacts

My office has been in contact with the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to get more information about recovery efforts going forward and see what we could do to help. In the near term, there are a number of resources you can contact to find assistance:

  • NEMA recommends that all individuals and businesses affected by the floods dial 211 for assistance. That is the central information point for all emergency assistance at this time, and they will be able to direct you to local relief options. If you have difficulty reaching 211 or if you are not in Nebraska, dial 866-813-1731.
  • NEMA also has a hotline for questions about flood recovery efforts at 402-817-1551.
  • For information on debris cleanup, you can contact the Crisis Cleanup Hotline at 402-556-2476.
  • For Sarpy County residents: a number of churches, nonprofit organizations, and neighborhood groups have joined with the Sarpy County Emergency Manager to create sarpyflood.org, a centralized website for local resources. This website also has information about flood safety and other important topics.
  • Affected farmers should contact their local USDA Farm Service Agency. For Douglas and Sarpy Counties, that number is 402-896-0121. If you live in another county you can look up your local FSA office HERE.
  • On March 21st the Governor announced the creation of a centralized Nebraska Strong website – http://www.nebraska.gov/nebraska-strong/ . This website is intended to connect Nebraskans with opportunities to both request and provide relief. 

Caring for your mental and emotional health in the wake of a disaster is also critical. The federal government operates a Disaster Distress Hotline, which you can contact by calling 1-800-985-5990 or texting TalkWithUs to 66746. The CDC’s website has additional information about coping in the wake of a disaster HERE. Nebraska also operates the 24-hour Family Helpline at 1-888-866-8660 if you have a child who is having a hard time coping with the flood’s impact on their lives or has other behavioral health needs. The Nebraska Rural Response Hotline, which specializes in helping rural residents who are feeling overwhelmed with stress, depression, or other mental health issues, can be reached at 1-800-262-0258.

FEMA Individual Assistance

[Information updated 4/2/19] The afternoon of March 21st, President Trump signed a federal disaster declaration for Nebraska. Nine counties were approved to receive individual assistance: Butler, Cass, Colfax, Dodge, Douglas, Nemaha, Sarpy, Saunders and Washington were approved. Boone, Buffalo, Custer, Knox, Richardson and Thurston Counties and the Santee Sioux Nation were added on March 31st. Individual assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster. Individuals and businesses who sustained losses in the designated area can begin applying for assistance by registering online at www.disasterassistance.gov, by downloading FEMA’s mobile app (click on “disaster resources,” then “apply for assistance online”), or by calling 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7:00am to 10:00pm CT seven days a week until further notice. FEMA has an application checklist HERE to help you gather everything you will need to start the assistance process. FEMA also has a FAQ posted HERE that  answers some common questions.

FEMA has opened four Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) in the state, and more will likely be created in the coming weeks. DRCs are a physical location that can help impacted residents with federal and state assistance in once centralized location. You do not have to go to a DRC in order to apply for FEMA’s Individual Assistance; the DRCs are just an additional resource if you need more personal help. You can look up DRC locations as they are added on FEMA’s website: https://egateway.fema.gov/ESF6/DRCLocator

For Sarpy residents, the closest DRC is:

Sarpy County DRC
3802 Raynor Parkway, Suite 201
Bellevue, NE 68123
Regular hours: 7 am to 7 pm every day

** One important message about securing FEMA funds: make sure to thoroughly document your home’s flood damage with pictures BEFORE you begin the cleanup process. You will need proof that the damage was caused by the flood. Sarpyflood.org posted the graphic below (found under the “Documenting Contents” tab) with a list of the kinds of pictures you should think about taking.

State Government Recovery Resources

The NEMA representative my office spoke to said that a state Long-Term Recovery Group of businesses, non-profits, and government entities are often the ones providing the most direct rebuilding relief after emergencies. The 211 network will also be involved in referring individuals to those long-term recovery efforts once they are organized. I therefore encourage everyone who is affected by these floods to keep in touch with 211 for the most up-to-date list of available assistance, even as you begin the process of determining whether you are eligible for FEMA’s direct assistance. 

[Information added 3/27/19] The Nebraska Department of Labor has announced that workers who became unemployed as a direct result of flooding in the state may qualify for unemployment assistance through the Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) program. People who live in or worked in the Nebraska counties of Butler, Cass, Colfax, Dodge, Douglas, Nemaha, Sarpy, Saunders, or Washington, and whose employment or self-employment was lost or interrupted due to the flooding, may be eligible for assistance. The first week of unemployment eligible for DUA is the week of the March 10 through March 16, 2019.  The process for filing is the same as regular unemployment insurance benefits.  Claims should be filed online at NEworks.nebraska.gov. The filing deadline is April 26, 2019.  General information about DUA, including more detailed information about eligibility criteria and what kind of documentation is required for the application, can be found HERE. Even if an applicant doesn’t qualify for DUA, they can still take advantage of the resources and services provided by our job centers throughout the state. A listing of job centers is available HERE.

Veterans and their dependents may be eligible for Nebraska Veterans Aid for expenses incurred due to the flooding. This includes food, clothing, emergency housing such as hotel accommodations, and replacement of eligible flood-damaged items necessary for life safety. You can find more information about that program at the Nebraska VA’s website HERE.  Applications must be filled out through your county Veteran Service Office. Sarpy County’s VSO can be reached at 402-593-2203 or veterans@sarpy.com. You can look up information for all of the county VSOs HERE.

Extended Tax Deadline Information

[Information added 3/28/19] The Internal Revenue Service has announced that individuals who reside or have a business in Butler, Cass, Colfax, Dodge, Douglas, Nemaha, Sarpy, Saunders, and Washington counties may qualify for tax deadline relief. You can find the IRS news release with full details about the disaster tax deadline extension HERE; if you have questions, I encourage you to contact the IRS at 866-562-5227 or your tax preparer if you have one. Certain deadlines falling on or after March 9, 2019 and before July 31, 2019, are granted additional time to file through July 31, 2019. This includes 2018 individual income tax returns and payments normally due on April 15, 2019.  It also includes the quarterly estimated income tax payments due on April 15, 2019 and June 17, 2019. Eligible taxpayers will also have until July 31, 2019 to make 2018 IRA contributions. In addition, penalties on payroll and excise tax deposits due on or after March 9, 2019, and before March 25, 2019, will be abated as long as the deposits were made by March 25, 2019.

In conjunction with the IRS relief announcement, the Nebraska Tax Commissioner announced a similar extension. You can find more information and resources from the Department of Revenue (DOR) HERE. DOR granted the extension and a waiver of penalties and interest for late returns or payments of individual, corporate, and estate and trust income taxes, and also for partnership and S corporation returns until July 31, 2019. This relief will be automatically granted solely to taxpayers whose business or primary residential location is in Butler, Cass, Colfax, Dodge, Douglas, Nemaha, Sarpy, Saunders, and Washington counties and was subject to mandatory or optional evacuation due to the natural disaster and only applies to taxes administered by the DOR.  DOR will work with businesses and individuals regarding any tax returns and taxes due. For more information or if you have questions, you can contact DOR at 800-742-7474 (NE and IA) or 402-471-5729 or visit the DOR website linked above.

Private/Nonprofit Recovery Resources

Legal Aid of Nebraska is operating a Disaster Relief Project. If you are in need of legal assistance related to the flooding, you can apply online by going to lawhelpne.legalaidofnebraska.org or by calling the Disaster Relief Hotline at 1-844-268-5627. If you are an attorney and want to volunteer to help disaster survivors, please apply HERE. Common legal issues that may arise during or after a disaster include: insurance issues (submitting claims, avoiding public adjuster fraud, negotiating insurance settlements, and filing an appeal); government benefits (applying for benefits and/or filing an appeal for denial of benefits, benefit award disagreement, or overpayment notices); housing for renters (identifying your rights as a renter of a damaged unit, facilitating communication with your landlord, negotiating early termination of a lease, resolving issues with renter’s insurance claims, and recovering personal items from damaged rental units; housing for owners (negotiating payments, understanding your options in real estate contracts, and obtaining disaster assistance); contractor fraud issues (hiring a contractor and avoiding fraud, reviewing work contracts/estimates, obtaining proper work permits for repairs, passing city inspection, and recognizing and preventing predatory lending); or document recovery (replacing lost documents like driver’s licenses, SS cards, EBT cards, etc. and replacing immigration documents). You can find Legal Aid’s Disaster Relief Project website HERE.

The REALTORS Relief Foundation has assistance available to qualified applicants to help with either 1) monthly mortgage expense for the primary residence that was damaged by the flooding disaster, or 2) rental cost due to displacement from the primary residence resulting from the flooding disaster. Relief assistance is limited to a maximum of $1,000 per applicant per household.  The deadline for application submission is June 15, 2019. Please note this assistance is for housing relief only; other expenses including second mortgages, vehicle purchase, rental, repair or mileage are ineligible for reimbursement under this program. For questions about this program, call 402-323-6500 or send an email to flood@nebraskarealtors.com. Click HERE for the REALTORS assistance application.

Business Recovery Resources

The US Chamber of Commerce is operating a Disaster Help Desk for Business at 1-888-692-4943. You can find more about the Disaster Help Desk at the Chamber’s website HERE.

[Information added 3/26/19] The US Small Business Administration (SBA) is opening a Business Recovery Center in Bellevue starting on March 27th to help businesses impacted by the floods and preceding winter weather. The center will provide a one-stop location for businesses to access a variety of specialized help. SBA customer service representatives will be available to meet individually with each business owner. No appointment is necessary. All services are provided free of charge. The Recovery Center location and open hours are as follows:

Sarpy County Business Recovery Center
Bellevue University – Muller Administrative Services Building
812 Bruin Blvd, Bellevue NE 68005

Hours:  Monday-Friday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturdays 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Businesses of any size and private, nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets. These loans cover losses that are not fully covered by insurance or other recoveries. For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private, nonprofit organizations of any size, SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any property damage.

Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information, and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing may call 800-877-8339.

The deadline to apply for property damage is May 20, 2019. The deadline to apply for economic injury is Dec. 23, 2019.

Donations and Volunteering

If you want to help our Bellevue community with donations of time or money, I know of two primary resources tracking those opportunities. You can check the sarpyflood.org website mentioned above. Second, the Bellevue First organization has created a map of local shelters, donation centers, and meal services. You can find that map HERE. That map is being continually updated, but I recommend you call ahead to make sure that the organization is open and accepting donations. Various organizations may also be in need of different items or kinds of assistance, so if you call they can direct you to what they need most. I understand that Bellevue Christian Center is the main collection and distribution site for relief donations in Bellevue and Sarpy County. They have been updating their Facebook page with their most (and least) needed items.

For those outside of Bellevue, 211 can direct you to local organizations providing assistance. Many communities have also created Facebook pages or other central information points you may be able to check. You can check the Governor’s Nebraska Strong website for statewide volunteer opportunities, and the Journal Star has collected a list of statewide assistance and recovery organizations that are accepting donations HERE.

These floods have caused untold damage and suffering, and I will do all I can to assist in the recovery efforts. Bellevue, Sarpy, and the state of Nebraska are full of strong and resilient people. We also have untold numbers of people who have given so much of themselves to help others. Recovery will not be easy, and it is up to all of us to put our best efforts toward rebuilding our communities and supporting our neighbors.

All the best,

Bills on the Agenda

Sometimes we get funny reminders that our shorthand and jargon in the Legislature can be confusing when you don’t spend every day immersed in it. A caller to my office recently asked to speak with me, at which my staff said I was unavailable as I was on the floor. After a pause, the caller asked my staff, “…. should you go help her, then?” Of course, I was not laying on the ground – being “on the floor” means spending time up in the George W Norris Legislative Chamber for debate. It was a good reminder, though, that all the acronyms and idioms that get tossed around at the capitol often need a bit more explaining!

One of the bills we advanced on the floor this week is LB 217, introduced by Senator Patty Pansing Brooks. The bill makes it clear that employers cannot fire or otherwise retaliate against an employee for discussing their own wages to determine if pay discrimination is taking place. This bill is an important step to limit gender discrimination in the workplace, since we know that one of the most pernicious factors keeping women from achieving equal pay is that they often do not know what they are making relative to their co-workers and therefore have little negotiating leverage. This bill absolutely does not require anyone to discuss their pay. It simply gives employees the explicit right to talk about what they’re making and removes the threat of enforced secrecy around the subject.

We also spent time on Friday working through final reading bills. You can see the full agenda of bills that were approved here, but a couple of the highlights include:

LB 284, Senator John McCollister’s Remote Seller and Marketplace Facilitator Act to explicitly legalize collection of online sales tax in Nebraska. LB 284 brings Nebraska in line with the Supreme Court’s decision this summer to allow collection of online sales tax and is an important tool to ensure the state is collecting those taxes that are due.

LB 124, my bill to clarify that municipalities can jointly administer a clean energy assessment district under the Property Assessment Clean Energy Act, or PACE program. This is a “cleanup” bill for legislation that was passed several years back.

LB 160, Senator Dan Quick’s bill to expressly authorize municipalities to use Local Option Municipal Economic Development Act funds for early childhood development infrastructure. We know that limited childcare is one of the barriers to attracting qualified applicants to jobs in Nebraska and that high costs can be a serious burden on families who already live here. LB 160 will provide an important tool to encourage new childcare facilities.

LB 112, Senator Sara Howard’s bill to waive first year licensing fees for occupations under the Uniform Credentialing Act for individuals who are identified as low income, part of a military family, or a person between the ages of 18 and 25. Only the initial fee is waived, and the regular fee would apply for all renewals. This bill will give a boost to those entering a new profession and make the licensing process for these occupations, which is important to protect public safety, less onerous for those just starting out.

PFML Prioritized

Senator Machaela Cavanaugh designated my LB 311, the Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Act, as her priority bill for this session. I have been working with Senator Cavanaugh on this issue ever since she was elected to the Legislature, and I am grateful that she chose to use her priority designation for this important bill. We expect the bill to be debated next week.

Bill Hearings

This week I had my final two bill hearings for this session, of 22 total bills I introduced. Committees will continue to hold hearings for the next two weeks, ending March 28th.

My first hearing took place Wednesday March 13th in the Government, Military & Veterans Affairs Committee. LB 210 requires the reporting and disclosure of electioneering communications. Electioneering communications are materials targeted at the electorate of a candidate or ballot initiative that are distributed in the 30 days preceding an election. These communications allude to candidates or ballot measures without explicitly recognizing the election, their candidacy, or the official name or number of the ballot initiative, and therefore do not have not have to be reported under current law. LB 210 does not restrict or limit the activity of citizen groups or what can be said in electioneering communications.  Instead, LB 210 simply creates a reporting mechanism to bring more transparency and accountability to our state’s elections. If powerful groups or organizations are pouring money into Nebraska to shape campaigns and elections in our state, the citizens and candidates have a right to know who they are.

The second hearing, for LB 714, was Friday in the Revenue Committee. My intern Lillian took the lead on preparing for this bill and did an excellent job! I served as chair of the Economic Development Task Force last biennium, and we spent significant time discussing the issue of job training and employee retention in Nebraska. This bill functions as a tool for small- and medium-sized businesses to train employees in newly created jobs through agreements with state community colleges. LB714 creates a localized, self-sustaining initiative that offers employees an opportunity to acquire competitive workplace skills, which may include college credit and certifications. The bill focuses on medium- to high-skill jobs and allows companies who have signed an agreement with a college to withhold a portion of the payroll taxes already due to the state and remit that money directly to the community college. This bill incentivizes the creation of higher wage jobs with additional training requirements offering businesses a sustainable foundation on which they can build their employees’ skillsets.

Priority Request Deadlines

We are almost halfway through this 90-day legislative session; Day 45 will be next week on March 20th. We have mostly been debating bills in worksheet order (explained in a previous update here), but have taken up a couple of senator priority bills. Each senator gets to select one bill as his or her priority. Often it will be one of a senator’s own bills, but it’s not uncommon for someone to prioritize a bill introduced by another senator. As the name suggests, these bills get top priority for floor debate over worksheet order bills. Each standing committee also identifies two priority bills. Tuesday March 19th next week is the deadline for both senators and committees to identify and submit their priority bills, but bills can be prioritized as soon as session starts. Senator Wishart, for example, prioritized LB 110 the day after she introduced it in January. Priority bills must still go through the normal committee process before they can be debated on the floor. At this time twelve bills have been given personal priority: we’ve debated three, have two pending for debate next week (including LB 311, my PFML bill), and have seven more that have not been advanced out of committee. Four committee priorities have been designated, of which we have debated one. You can find the full list of personal and committee priority bills here. Having a status of “Referral” means the bill is still in committee.

The Speaker of the Legislature, Senator Jim Scheer, also gets to select 25 priority bills. This Thursday March 14th was the deadline to submit bills for the Speaker to consider as a Speaker priority bill, and he will announce his selections on Wednesday of this coming week. Senators who want a Speaker priority for their bill must send a letter to his office with the reasons it’s a good choice. In previous sessions the Speaker has received far more than 25 requests, so not all of them can be granted. Speaker priority bills have historically been fairly non-controversial and broadly impactful, but the Speaker may choose any bills he likes from among the requests. Speaker priority bills will also be listed on the Legislature’s website (here) once they are announced on Wednesday next week.

I am among the Senators who will make my final decision on priority designation next week. Stay tuned!

Capitol Visitors

This week the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) held Severe Weather Awareness Week, which was marked by a governor’s proclamation and poster contest award ceremony on Monday March 11th. This year the 3rd place poster contest winner was Julia Schuler, a student at Cornerstone Christian School in Bellevue. Congratulations to Julia and all the poster contest winners! They did an excellent job helping to spread information about how to be prepared for all kinds of severe weather.


At the Severe Weather Awareness Week ceremony. L-R: Me, Lynn Marshall (Sarpy County Emergency Manager), Julia Schuler, Bryan Tuma (NEMA Assistant Director), Governor Pete Ricketts, and Suzanne Fortin (National Weather Service). Photo credit: Nebraska Emergency Management Agency

On Wednesday March 13th I got to meet two different groups of 4th graders visiting from LD 45. In the morning Avery Elementary came through…

… and in the afternoon Two Springs Elementary took its tour. Both groups were full of bright learners with bright futures!

Also on Wednesday I attended the Nebraska Business Development Center’s annual awards lunch at the Governor’s residence. It was my pleasure to join Senator John Arch in presenting Hillcrest Health Services with the Employee Development Business of the Year Award. Hillcrest does a great job investing in their employees and helping them develop their skills, and is an important part of our Sarpy community. The award is certainly well-deserved.


At the NBDC lunch with representatives from Hillcrest, the NBDC, and Senator John Arch.

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PFML and Sick & Safe Leave Advance

On Wednesday the Business & Labor Committee voted to advance my LB 311 (Paid Family & Medical Leave Insurance Act) and LB 305 (Sick & Safe Leave) to the full Legislature. I am pleased the majority of the committee saw merit in these two important bills.

Bills Debated This Week

Our agenda this week contained a number of important bills. One that we discussed and advanced to the next round of consideration was LB 284, Senator John McCollister’s bill to explicitly legalize collection of online sales tax in Nebraska.  LB 284, the Remote Seller and Marketplace Facilitator Act, brings Nebraska in line with the Supreme Court’s decision this summer to allow collection of online sales tax and is an important tool to ensure the state is collecting those taxes that are due. LB 284 is Senator McCollister’s priority bill this year.

LB 354 was introduced by Senator Patty Pansing Brooks to update how juvenile court records are treated after completion of court-ordered probation or diversion. The goal is to make sure that poor decisions as a minor do not define that person for the rest of their life. Under current law, juvenile records can be sealed when a minor reaches 17, but it is a confusing process that leads to a high number of records remaining open and accessible to the public beyond the age of 17. LB 354 creates a system to automatically seal the records of youth who successfully complete probation or other court orders as soon as that adjudicated sentence is completed. This bill recognizes that juveniles do make mistakes, and still holds them to a standard that requires them to make amends; but also makes sure those mistakes do not follow our young people into their adult life unnecessarily.

One bill that was debated but not advanced this week was LB 627, Senator Pansing Brooks’ priority bill on LGBTQ discrimination in the workplace. I was in favor of this bill as an important protection for LGBTQ Nebraskans. It also would have been a boon for workforce development, as inclusionary policies are one of the issues young workers overwhelmingly support and seek out in their employers. LB 627 does not appear to have enough support to advance, and will likely not come up for discussion again this year.

Crawford Bill Hearings

This week I had four bill hearings in as many different committees. The first, on Monday in the Education Committee, was LB 120 The bill amends the existing requirement for a one-hour training on suicide prevention and expands the definitions of what can be covered in the training to include a wider array of behavioral and mental health topics that could be relevant to school staff as they interact with our students. Suicide prevention and awareness training will still be required, but the bill gives schools more latitude in terms of what they might cover for a more comprehensive behavioral and mental health discussion, including topics such as early warning signs and symptoms, trauma-informed care, and procedures for linking students and parents to services and supports. LB 120 is the culmination of numerous discussions with school administrators, school psychologists, teachers, and other education personnel. Those discussions led to LB 120 as a tangible, reasonable step to take toward improving school safety and student mental health without creating new mandates for teachers or school staff.

On Tuesday I headed to the Agriculture Committee to introduce LB 304. LB 304 is a “cottage foods” bill that would allow Nebraskans to sell foods already authorized for sale at farmers’ markets to customers from their homes, at certain events, or for order and delivery online or over the phone. This bill only pertains to foods that are not time/temperature controlled for safety, including foods such as baked goods, uncut fruits and vegetables, jams, jellies, and fresh or dried herbs. Hundreds of Nebraska families are already purchasing and safely consuming these locally produced products at farmers’ markets. This legislation simply makes cottage foods available throughout the year and provides access to local foods in communities that do not have farmers’ markets. LB 304 is a common sense bill that reduces barriers for Nebraskans to earn income.

I had two bill hearings on Wednesday. The first was LB 211 in the Government, Military & Veterans Affairs Committee. This bill is about a fundamental Nebraska principle: the value of nonpartisan government. LB 211 provides that all county officers be elected on a nonpartisan ballot, including county clerk, register of deeds, county assessor, sheriff, treasurer, county attorney, public defender, clerk of the district court, and county surveyor. In counties large and small with a dominant political party, the races for many county positions effectively happen in the primary for the dominant party, which leaves out the one in five Nebraskans that are nonpartisan voters and the voters of the minority party. This results in the registered voters of one party selecting the officer that will represent all the residents of the county. Nonpartisan voters pay taxes to fund our county elections just as much as registered partisans do, so I believe we should not deny them the right to participate in elections they’re helping to pay for. LB 211 is in the best interest of voters in our state.

The second Wednesday hearing was LB 613 in the Revenue Committee. I served as Chair of the Economic Development Task Force for the 2017-2018 biennium, and the Task Force’s 2018 report included a recommendation to eliminate the Beginning Farmer Tax Credit, Historic Tax Credit, and New Markets Tax Credit this session. LB 613 reflects that priority by bringing the sunset dates for all three programs forward from December 31, 2022 to July 1, 2019. Money saved would be redirected to the Site and Building Development Fund. I believe it is important to regularly examine our tax credit ecosystem to ensure these programs are meeting their development goals and living up to legislative intent. At the hearing we had a number of testifiers talk about how important these credits are to their communities; I appreciate that they came out to make the case for these programs.


Giving my opening statement on LB 613 to the Revenue Committee

My final two hearings will take place next week, wrapping up committee hearings for all 22 of my bills. Committees will continue to meet and hold hearings through March 28th, and we will begin all-day debate on April 2nd.

Capitol Visitors

Two UNMC students, Daniela Nelson and Sarah Fisher, visited my office on Monday March 4th to talk about their participation in the LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities) program. This program trains future health providers to better understand developmental disabilities and the kind of care that is critical to support patients with those challenges.

A group of Cornerstone Christian School 4th graders visited their capitol on Tuesday March 5th. We talked about how I became a state senator and how they can all be leaders in their school and community.   

On Wednesday March 6th the Brain Injury Alliance of Nebraska (BIANE) hosted Brain Injury Awareness Day at the capitol to talk to senators about the many ways brain injuries can impact Nebraskans. BIANE also held a lunch, which my staff attended. Steve Martin, the former CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield and a survivor of his own brain injury, was the presenter at lunch. He talked about the landscape of brain injury treatment and recovery from both the institutional and patient standpoint, plus the ways Nebraska can do better to support those with brain injuries of all kinds.

Chili Contest Judging

Bellevue’s Boy Scout Troop 305 hosted their 8th annual Chili Cook Off on Saturday March 2nd, and I was honored to be a judge. I have been a regular judge at this annual fundraiser. It is always fun to meet the scouts, parents, and other judges. And it certainly doesn’t hurt that all the chilis we tasted were absolutely delicious!

Stay Up to Date with What’s Happening in the Legislature

  • You are welcome to come visit my Capitol office in Lincoln. My office is room 1012, and can be found on the first floor in the northwest corner of the building.
  • If you would like to receive my e-newsletter, you can sign up here. These go out weekly on Saturday mornings during session, and monthly during the interim.
  • You can also follow me on Facebook (here) or Twitter (@SenCrawford).
  • You can watch legislative debate and committee hearings live on NET Television or find NET’s live stream here.
  • You can always contact my office directly with questions or concerns at scrawford@leg.ne.gov or (402)471-2615.

All the best,

Hearings this Week 

This week I had three bill hearings in three different committees.

On Wednesday February 27th the Judiciary Committee heard LB 365. This bill creates a centralized registry where Nebraskans can store advance healthcare directives, or instructions containing their wishes for end-of-life medical treatment, where it can be accessed by a medical professional when necessary. The idea for this bill came to us as a result of a conversation with one of my constituents whose niece had a lung condition and was given a short prognosis. The patient’s doctors asked the family what they wanted them to do when the patient’s lungs stopped working if she could not communicate for herself. My constituent wished that there was a centralized way of sharing this kind of information among patients, families, and providers so that providers can adhere to a patient’s wishes for their care when life-threatening situations arise and the patient is unable to communicate those wishes. LB 365 is an additional tool that patients and families could use to communicate with their healthcare providers and to be proactive about making decisions for their own care. Unfortunately in this tough budget year a new initiative like this is unlikely to be adopted.


Introducing LB 365 in the Judiciary Committee, which is meeting in the beautiful Warner Chamber during construction.

Next up was LB 323 on Thursday. Heard in the Health and Human Services Committee, the bill amends eligibility criteria for Nebraska’s Medicaid Insurance for Workers with Disabilities (MIWD) program. This program allows individuals with disabilities to pay a premium for, or “buy-in” to, Medicaid coverage while working and earning an income that puts them over the traditional eligibility threshold. Current eligibility criteria is outdated and prevents persons who should otherwise qualify from participating in the program. This bill is still a work in progress, as we are working with both the Department of Health and Human Services and disability advocates to create an amendment that offers the greatest possible coverage under this program in a fiscally responsible way.

LB 614 had its hearing in the Revenue Committee on Friday March 1st. The bill is aimed at providing property tax relief and strengthening school funding. It provides additional revenue to school districts by eliminating some corporate deductions and tax exclusions, increasing taxes on cigarettes, soft drinks, candy, and bottled water, and ending the tangible personal property tax exemption. Providing relief to school districts will drive local property taxes down. This is one of the many property tax relief proposals that have been introduced this year. The Revenue Committee will meet next week to discuss all of our options and how to combine the best ideas from each bill into one comprehensive tax reform package.

Next week I will have a further four hearings on my bills. Committees will continue to meet and hold hearings until the end of March, and in that time my final two bills will be heard. We will begin all-day debate with the full legislature on April 2nd.

Chaplain of the Day

Pastor Paul Moessner of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Bellevue served as the Legislature’s Chaplain of the Day on Tuesday February 26th. It was a pleasure having Pastor Moessner and his wife Donna with us to share the prayer and see our beautiful capitol!

Bills on the Agenda

This week we worked through a number of bills on the floor. One, LB 399, was a compromise bill to modernize our social studies and civics statutes. The new standards ask students to engage with their government in one of several ways and removes some outdated references to Americanism that have been in place since the 1950s.

Another bill that we advanced is LB 309, which would add an extra judge to the Douglas County District Court. This is an important bill that provides Douglas County, our largest population center and busiest judicial district, with more resources to do their jobs and keep judicial access available and speedy as the constitution requires. Without this bill, there is every possibility that a judicial vacancy out west could be reassigned to Douglas County to fill the need, which no one wants to see happen.

We also came to a compromise on LB 183, Senator Breise’s bill to change how ag land is valued when a school district or higher education institution issues bonds. Current law values ag land at 75% of its assessed value for bond purposes; Senator Breise’s bill as introduced lowered that to 1%, and the Revenue Committee’s amendment raised that to 30%. I and others opposed such a low valuation out of concern that such a change would simply cause the burden to swing disproportionately over to local homeowners and make it much more difficult for school districts to finance their work. After discussion between all parties, it was agreed that a 50% valuation would be an acceptable compromise to bring ag landowners’ potential financial liability down without crippling school bonds or homeowners. LB 183 will only apply to new bonds issued after the bill’s effective date.

Final Reading

On Friday we spent several hours on Final Reading bills. Of the 32 Final Reading bills we passed, two were mine: LB 121 and LB 122. Final Reading is exactly what it sounds like: it is the final time a bill is read in the Legislature, and the last round of voting before bills are presented to the Governor. A bill can’t be amended or debated on Final Reading, but a senator can make a motion to return a bill to Select File for a specific amendment. If that happens and an amendment is adopted, the bill goes back in the line and has to be placed on Final Reading again at a later date.

During Final Reading debate, the Legislature is placed under call. That means all senators who are listed as present must be in their seats in the Chamber, and all non-senators including legislative staff and the media must leave the area where our desks are located. Placing the House under call ensures that senators are in their seats and ready to vote when the time comes. Each bill on Final Reading is actually read aloud, likely as a holdover from the days when senators could not simply pull up the PDF of the bill on a laptop. The first time you hear Final Reading can be rather funny, as the bills are read extremely quickly – it sounds like an auctioneer asking for bids, except the excitement at the end is that a bill passes to the Governor’s desk. Thankfully senators can vote to suspend the rules and dispense with the reading for particularly long bills. After the reading is done, the presiding officer invites the senators to vote on whether the bill should pass. In most cases, a bill must have 25 votes to pass; however, a bill with an emergency clause, meaning it goes into effect sooner than a regular bill, requires 33 votes. A proposed constitutional amendment requires 30 votes to place it on the general election ballot, and 40 to place it on a primary or special election ballot.

Legislative Visitors

The Nebraska State AFL-CIO held its annual legislative day on Monday and Tuesday this week. On February 26th I spent some time talking to the delegates about legislation that impacts working people and their families, including my Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Act (LB 311).

On Wednesday February 27th the Urban League of Nebraska and a number of other organizations sponsored the 3rd annual Black & Brown Legislative Day for young people of color. The group spent the morning watching debate and talking to senators, then held a lunch where I joined other senators in talking about the legislation we’re most proud of and how they can have an impact on the policies they care about. It was a wonderful, engaged group of young people and I highly enjoyed getting to speak with them about their goals and plans.


Photo taken by North Omaha Information Support Everyone (NOISE)

Thursday was Nurses’ Day at the Legislature, and I joined them for a lovely lunch where I got to meet some of the nurses who work in LD 45 and around the state. Nursing is a critical part of our healthcare system and I thank them for all that they do!

Stay Up to Date with What’s Happening in the Legislature

  • You are welcome to come visit my Capitol office in Lincoln. My office is room 1012, and can be found on the first floor in the northwest corner of the building.
  • If you would like to receive my e-newsletter, you can sign up here. These go out weekly on Saturday mornings during session, and monthly during the interim.
  • You can also follow me on Facebook (here) or Twitter (@SenCrawford).
  • You can watch legislative debate and committee hearings live on NET Television or find NET’s live stream here.
  • You can always contact my office directly with questions or concerns at scrawford@leg.ne.gov or (402)471-2615.

All the best,

Legislative Debate

The Unicameral worked through a number of bills on our debate agenda this week. Some of the bills we advanced include:

Senator John McCollister introduced LB 254, the Fair Chance Hiring Act. This act is intended to remove criminal history from having a disqualifying impact if the applicant is otherwise qualified for the position. Under LB 254, employers must give applicants the opportunity to explain any convictions or other criminal history, including the steps they’ve taken to rehab and rejoin society, if the job application includes a question about that history. This bill will provide an avenue for those with a conviction on their record to give employers the full story and make the case for why they would still make excellent employees.

LB 486, introduced by Senator John Lowe, creates the Veteran and Active Duty Supportive Postsecondary Institution Act. The bill creates a mechanism for colleges and universities to be designated “Veteran and Active Duty Supportive” if they meet certain criteria such as having an established military student organization, offering class credit for military training, or hosting a Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program. This is a great bill that will make it more clear to veteran and active duty military members which of the many outstanding institutions in the state might best meet their unique needs. It will also encourage institutions to give additional focus to veteran and military student issues, and will be a tool to recruit out-of-state military and veteran students to come study in Nebraska.

Senator Sara Howard’s LB 112 is another bill that will help servicemember families, as well as low-income individuals and young professionals. The bill waives first year licensing fees for occupations under the Uniform Credentialing Act for individuals who are identified as low income, part of a military family, or a person between the ages of 18 and 25. Only the initial fee is waived, and the regular fee would apply for all renewals. This bill is intended to give a boost to those entering a new profession and make the licensing process for these occupations, which is important to protect public safety, less onerous for those just starting out.

Family Visit at the Legislature

On Friday February 22nd my son Phil (R) and his friend William Hayes (L), who lives in Salina Kansas, visited the Legislature. It was a lot of fun to have them here!

Bill Hearings This Week

After an almost two-week break to catch our collective breaths, this week we had hearings on three of my bills. The first took place on Thursday February 21st. LB 439, which was referred to the Health & Human Services Committee, requires that Medicaid cover up to 24 medically necessary chiropractic treatments per benefit year. My office worked with the Chiropractors Association and with DHHS to come to a tentative agreement to make this change through the rules and regulations process, which means the bill may not ultimately be needed. The public hearing process is still an important avenue to make the case for such coverage, however, and the committee had a good discussion about the health and fiscal benefits of chiropractic care for Medicaid recipients.


Some of the chiropractic doctors and advocates who testified in favor of LB 439

I had two hearings in the Revenue Committee on Friday February 22nd. The first bill, LB 236, allows the Department of Revenue to provide sales tax reports on the Nebraska Advantage Transformational Tourism and Redevelopment Act (NATTRA) to cities who participate in one of their economic development incentive programs in a secure electronic manner. The current law requires that the information can only be accessed if someone from the participating municipality drives to Lincoln and views the information in the Department office. The goal is to make the NATTRA process work more efficiently for both sides.

The second hearing on Friday was for LB 237. This bill restores a 0.5% monthly commission to counties across the state for all motor vehicle sales tax collections over $3,000. This is part of my efforts to address unfunded mandates to counties, and supporting our counties is an important part of the property tax equation.  

Legislative Events & Receptions

One of my favorite parts of being a senator is getting to meet a wide variety of people who care deeply about a whole host of issues. There are many groups that come to the capitol with their members to talk to senators about those issues they hold dear. Sometimes they host breakfasts or receptions, and sometimes people come to the capitol and talk to senators in their offices or in the rotunda during debate. Oftentimes it’s both! I have met with a number of such groups so far this session, representing everyone from professional firefighters to after-school programs to a group of visiting attorneys from Ukraine. There are far too many to name them all here, but I’ve met with a few in the last week or so and took some pictures to share.

On February 14th the Nebraska Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Association held a breakfast at the historic Ferguson House near the capitol. The state association is a network of 21 local programs that recruits and trains volunteers for the CASA program. I met with some Sarpy County CASA volunteers (below) and discussed their vital work on behalf of our local court-involved children.

The American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, and American Lung Association sponsored Tobacco Free Day on Thursday February 21st. I talked to a group of great advocates from CHI Health about policies to reduce tobacco use in Nebraska.

In the evening on Thursday I joined The Arc of Nebraska for their annual awards dinner, which is a wonderful celebration of our community members with intellectual and developmental disabilities. I was also surprised and honored to be presented the 2019 Harold Sieck Public Official of the Year Award that evening. The Arc advocates for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families, and their work is made especially strong by the tireless work of those very same individuals on their own behalf. I am proud to have worked with The Arc on LB 323 this year, as well as countless other issues in my time in the legislature.

A group of UNMC Student Delegates visited the capitol on Friday February 22nd. They selected my LB 120, which expands teacher training in mental and behavioral health, as one of their priority bills for this year.

Creighton Student Advocacy

Monday February 18th was Presidents’ Day, and I spent some time in the afternoon visiting with students at Creighton’s Schlegel Center for Service and Justice (SCSJ).

The students organized the gathering as a chance to learn about advocacy and public service. Speaking with the SCSJ’s active and engaged young students is always a wonderful experience.

Boards and Commissions Openings

Scattered among our daily debate agendas in the last few weeks have been a number of Confirmation Reports. In Nebraska, the Governor has the power to appoint leaders for many of the state’s agencies, boards, and commissions. Those organizations may be as large as DHHS or the Department of Education, and as small as the Brand Committee or the Boiler Safety Code Advisory Board. Each time the Governor makes such an appointment or reappointment, the person’s application must be sent to the Legislature to be confirmed. Confirmation hearings are held by the standing committees, and follow the same process as bills: the appointee appears either in person or by phone to answer questions from senators on the committee, after which members of the public are invited to testify in support, opposition, or in a neutral position on the appointment. The committee then votes on whether to send the appointment to the full Legislature, which debates the appointment and then votes on final confirmation. Most appointments are approved with little fuss, as those appointed are generally well-qualified for their roles. Still, it is an opportunity for the Legislature to vet executive appointees and for the public to weigh in on the people who will lead the state agencies and organizations with whom they interact.

Appointing individuals to serve on these boards and commissions is an important way to allow citizens across the state to bring their expertise to bear on policies and decisions made by our state government. I encourage you to consider serving, and to occasionally check the Governor’s webpage to see if there is an opening that is a good fit for you. A list of current vacancies and the application form can be found here.

Stay Up to Date with What’s Happening in the Legislature

  • You are welcome to come visit my Capitol office in Lincoln. My office is room 1012, and can be found on the first floor in the northwest corner of the building.
  • If you would like to receive my e-newsletter, you can sign up here. These go out weekly on Saturday mornings during session, and monthly during the interim.
  • You can also follow me on Facebook (here) or Twitter (@SenCrawford).
  • You can watch legislative debate and committee hearings live on NET Television or find NET’s live stream here.
  • You can always contact my office directly with questions or concerns at scrawford@leg.ne.gov or (402)471-2615.

All the best,

Sen. Sue Crawford

District 45
Room #1012
P.O. Box 94604
Lincoln, NE 68509
Phone: (402) 471-2615
Email: scrawford@leg.ne.gov
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