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Sen. John Stinner

Sen. John Stinner

District 48

Welcome

January 6th, 2016

Thank you for visiting my website. It is an honor to represent the people of the 48th legislative district in the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature.

You’ll find my contact information on the right side of this page, as well as a list of the bills I’ve introduced this session and the committees on which I serve. Please feel free to contact me and my staff about proposed legislation or any other issues you would like to address.

Sincerely,
Sen. John Stinner

Fall has been in full swing for a month now. The weather has started to turn and some areas in Western Nebraska even seemed to briefly skip towards winter with their first snowfall. With the snow and cold weather comes the holiday season, and just around the corner- next year’s legislative session. Things have already been getting busier at the Capitol over the past few weeks. Legislative hearings, meetings, and discussions on legislative policy are taking place on a weekly basis, with many finishing the “final mile” of interim.

Before session starts, I have been using the last few months of interim as an opportunity to go on tours throughout the district. During that time, I have had the opportunity to connect with constituents and stakeholders. Last month I had the pleasure of touring the Panhandle Health Group’s facility in Scottsbluff to learn about the healthcare services they provide. Panhandle Health Group is a behavioral and mental health provider which delivers a variety of services including primary care, community support, outpatient mental health, outpatient substance abuse treatment, intensive outpatient substance abuse treatment, and medication management services. I was pleased to see all the great things they do for the community and am proud to represent them as a State Senator of District 48.

I also had the chance to tour Integrated Life Choices’ (ILC) facility in Scottsbluff. ILC, headquartered in Lincoln, provides a number of vocational and residential behavioral health services at its Scottsbluff location. Vocational services can include job placement, career guidance & counseling, and skills’ assessment. Residential services include social and pre-vocational skills, personal communication, and household management skills. ILC does fantastic work providing behavioral health services for individuals in Scotts Bluff County and I am more than happy to look for ways of improving behavioral health and vocational outcomes for the district.

This month, I attended the Panhandle Partnership for Health and Human Services’ annual meeting in Gering, where they discussed a range of issues including mental & behavioral health, education, medical healthcare issues, and youth healthcare issues. The Panhandle Partnership is a membership-based organization which acts as the liaison between healthcare providers to communities in the Panhandle. Counties serviced include Scotts Bluff, Morrill, Banner, Sioux, Box Butte, Kimball, Dawes, Cheyenne, Sheridan, Garden, and Deuel.

One of the many benefits the Panhandle Partnership provides is its use as a resource database of healthcare providers available in the area. The resources available can be searched by keyword, service category, area, and age group. The Panhandle Partnership makes it easy to contact service providers who can be of assistance based on search results. Using the resource database is free for anyone to use and comes at no additional cost to the taxpayer.

At the Panhandle Partnership’s annual meeting, I had the chance to weigh in on some of the biggest issues facing Nebraska and constituents of District 48. One of the most important issues that will face the Legislature next session include the looming budget crunch, which will affect virtually all areas of state government. As of right now, the state is currently facing a $113.7 million budget shortfall. Coming from a background as a Certified Public Accountant, I understand the importance of handling Nebraska’s financial affairs in a responsible manner so that critical services are maintained.

Just as the state is facing financial constraints, so too are the families and individuals in Western Nebraska. I’ve had many constituents ask me when the Legislature will finally achieve some form of sustainable tax relief. As an entrepreneur, I understand the concerns many have when it comes to personal taxes, regulations on small businesses, and the costs that affect the everyday lives of Nebraskans. Lower taxes lift the burden off individuals who struggle to make ends meet and it drives more capital investment to our state. Ultimately, this results in more and better paying jobs. I am looking forward to working with the Legislature this coming session to make our state friendlier to the taxpayer and businesses alike.

One of the key issues I have championed is the importance entrepreneurs play in a healthy and vital economy. The companies they start create jobs and provide a stable income to Nebraska families. Without them, our economy is left stagnant and opportunities remain few for individuals to improve their lives. As part of my advocacy for creating a more vibrant economy in Nebraska, I have been working on economic and workforce development issues through the Venture Development & Innovation Task Force at the Legislature. I am excited to present some of the Task Force’s findings to the public as the year comes to an end.

As always, I remain open to your feedback on how I may address the issues that mean most to you. Please do not hesitate to contact my office with any questions you may have over the interim. Thank you to those who have taken the time to express their views on various issues. My contact information is located on the right hand side of this webpage.

 

State Senator John P. Stinner is cancelling the town hall meetings in the District scheduled for Monday, October 3, in Morrill, Gering, and Minatare; and Wednesday, October 5, in Mitchell and Lyman because of a family emergency.

Senator Stinner will be holding two town hall meetings on Tuesday, October 25, at 8 a.m. at the Morrill American Legion, 117 Center Avenue, in Morrill, and 6 p.m. at the Gering Civic Center, 1050 M Street, in Gering.

If you have any questions regarding these meetings, please call 402-471-2802.

This summer I had the opportunity to attend the National Conference of State Legislature’s Early Learning Fellows program, which is a multi-day conference of state legislators from around the country gathered to learn about the benefits of early childhood education. There were many issues we examined, all of which tie into early childhood education: crime, environmental factors such as poverty, family support, and professional development for early childhood educators. After learning about these issues, I remain a strong believer in early childhood education.

Early childhood education programs are activities designed for pre-kindergarten aged children, typically up to 5 years old. These programs teach children the “soft skills” that will be necessary later on in life such as social skills, self-esteem, and an aptitude for learning. In addition to teaching directly to children, early childhood education programs foster family support by developing in-home activities and showing parents how to be engaged in their children’s learning. Research has shown that when children attend early childhood education programs, they are more likely to succeed later on.

We are fortunate to enjoy quality educational systems in Scotts Bluff County. Although many of our communities in the Panhandle have faced their fair share of challenges, education has remained a top priority. For instance, while population statistics show that Scotts Bluff County’s population has remained steady over the last few years, we have seen school enrollment numbers in Scottsbluff grow. This means our young families are staying to raise their children here, making education ever more important.

To ensure our young families experience a quality educational system, I was part of an effort earlier this year to improve early childhood education in Nebraska through school readiness of pre-kindergarten children. LB889 (2016) passed with large bipartisan support of both the Governor and the Legislature. This bill lends support to our early childhood educational system and the professionals who work hard every day to prepare our young children for school. I am confident this innovative law will continue to increase the quality of our early childhood education programs.

In order to ensure that our efforts remain successful, Nebraska must also pay attention to the effects that poverty and crime have on early learning. The first five years include some of the most formative years of a child’s life. When children living in poverty go hungry every day, even the world’s best educational system can do little to help them. These environmental stressors stave off the development that is crucial to mental and behavioral functioning.

Data from the Nebraska Department of Education shows that nearly 56% of Scotts Bluff County’s K-12 aged population are eligible for free or reduced school lunches, meaning that many families live in or close to poverty. By dedicating efforts to early childhood education, we can also lessen the burden on our correctional system.  A longitudinal study conducted by researchers at the Institute of Child Development showed a noticeable difference by age 24 on violent crime and incarceration by those children who attended early childhood education programs.

Commitment to early childhood education will build into elementary and high school years, which help our children succeed past the formative years. Helping our future business leaders and entrepreneurs follow their dreams and passions through programs such as Nebraska Extension’s Entrepreneurship Investigation (ESI) summer camp are one of the ways our young minds are being fostered. I have been a big advocate of Nebraska Extension’s summer camp program, and am looking forward to visiting some of next year’s summer camp programs.

I look forward to working in my capacity as a legislator to improve the quality of education for the children in my district and all of Nebraska. The Legislature will have many tough decisions to make, especially with a looming budget shortfall, but early childhood education will remain a priority. I look forward to hearing from constituents on other ideas for fostering a quality educational system in Nebraska.

As always, I remain open to your feedback on how I may address the issues that mean most to you. Please do not hesitate to contact my office with any questions you may have over the interim. Thank you to those who have taken the time to express their views on various issues. My contact information is located on the right hand side of this webpage.

Senator John Stinner will hold town hall meetings in the District beginning Monday, October 3. At the meetings, Senator Stinner plans to talk about the 2016 legislative session, anticipated issues and general discussion for the 2017 legislative session, as well as topics of interest to the citizens of District 48. Senator Stinner welcomes any citizens who would like to offer comments or questions.

Below are the dates, locations, and times for each town hall meeting:

Monday, October 3, 2016
Morrill American Legion, 117 Center Avenue
8 a.m.

Monday, October 3, 2016
Gering Council Chambers, 1025 P Street
12 p.m.

Monday, October 3, 2016
Minatare City Library, 309 Main Street
2:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Mitchell City Hall Council Chambers, 1280 Center Avenue
7:30 a.m.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Lyman Village Office, 414 Jeffers Avenue
1 p.m.

School is back. The hustle & bustle of getting kids in and out of the door, the nonstop errands, the football games and homework assignments; all of these activities mark the beginning of a brand new school year. While my kids are no longer living at home, the end of summer marks the beginning of a new season for me as well. I have been busy examining the effects of the state’s new assessment exams, continuing education and improvements on economic development in Nebraska, and involvement with national efforts where Nebraska plays a part.

As many of you continue to adjust to the new school year, you may notice a change in the way that high school juniors are receiving assessment exams. Because of adjustments to the state’s testing procedure implemented by LB930 (2016) this year, juniors in high school will only be required to take the ACT or similar college prep test, such as the SAT. This will move many school districts away from the Nebraska State Accountability test, or NeSA, toward college entrance exams.

The Governor and I recently hosted a town hall at WNCC’s Harms Technology Center in Scottsbluff, discussing property taxes and hearing from constituents. Additionally, both the Governor and I have been part of a larger effort to realize Nebraska’s economic strengths and overcome its challenges since we took office last year. This year, I joined the Legislature’s Venture Development & Innovation Task Force, created by LB1083 (2016). Part of our work includes developing policy recommendations to spur economic development in Nebraska and hearing from the community on how Nebraska can improve.

There are some very strong segments in Nebraska that will be part of this growth. Take for instance Blue Prairie Brands, which has operations in Gering. Blue Prairie Brands has become a burgeoning part of the chicory industry by patenting and producing these plants, which are used in a number of food, coffee, and medicine products. I expect that in the future the biosciences & agriculture industries will experience some growth in the Panhandle, as other companies like Blue Prairie Brands find the Panhandle’s climate perfect for chicory and other operations.

Nebraska has a unique number of sectors where it is strong: agriculture, food processing, biosciences, trucking & logistics, and a flourishing “silicon prairie” or tech sector. In order to develop these industry sectors, it is essential that the Nebraska Legislature examine the effectiveness of its economic development initiatives. As a sitting member of the Appropriations Committee, I was part of a joint committee hearing between the Revenue and Appropriations Committees to examine the effectiveness of the Department of Economic Development’s tax credits and incentives. One such example of these economic development incentives is the Nebraska Advantage Microenterprise Tax Credit, which provides a refundable tax credit to small businesses for increased investment in their communities.

But there are certainly challenges that face Nebraska, as many of you have experienced already. Commodity prices have fluctuated, putting strain on our agricultural producers and the general economy forces rural Nebraskans to make tough decisions. The old adage goes something like this: “necessity is the mother of invention.” Because of the economic situation we find ourselves in, we must look at ways that Nebraska can adapt to these conditions. That was the theme of the Federal Reserve’s most recent visit to Gering. According to the Fed, we are seeing a “divergence” in our economy which is upending traditional models such as manufacturing and replacing it with other sectors like information technology. That is why it is important for the State to encourage development in our strong suits.

As the summer is nearing an end, I reflect on the numerous conferences I have attended and see all the great things that other states are doing- and what Nebraska can do to improve. One of the critical topics that has come up during my conference trips is the priority the Heartland Expressway has taken in national transportation and infrastructure. This Federally designated corridor runs from Rapid City in South Dakota, down through the Nebraska Panhandle running through Scottsbluff and to Brush, Colorado, with offshoots running to Torrington in Wyoming and lastly to Denver. It is encouraging for me to see all of the organizations that have become involved in this project, ranging from city and county governments, chambers of commerce, economic development corporations, nonprofits, and other individuals.

Although there are many challenges to overcome, there are also many exciting changes coming to Nebraska. I am confident in the resilience of my constituents, which I have seen firsthand every day in my experience as a community banker. Nebraska is uniquely positioned with its high-quality workforce, great education system, a good business environment, and a great quality of life. With some improvements, Nebraska is poised to grow exponentially.

Today, Governor Pete Ricketts and State Senator John Stinner announced that they would hold a town hall in Scottsbluff on Tuesday, August 23, 2016. The Governor and Senator invite the public to attend the town hall.

“Nebraskans are invited to join Governor Ricketts and Senator Stinner at their upcoming town hall in Scottsbluff,” said Taylor Gage, the Governor’s Public Relations Director. “This is a great opportunity to hear an update on how our state is growing, and also to make your voice heard. The Governor and Senator look forward to hearing your thoughts on how we can move our state forward together.”

Full details for the town hall to be held on Tuesday, August 23, 2016:

11:00 a.m. Scottsbluff Town Hall
WNCC Harms Advanced Technology Center
2610 College Park Drive
SCOTTSBLUFF

Questions should be directed to the Governor’s Office at 402-471-2244.

Celebrating Oregon Trail Days this year had me thinking: Scotts Bluff County is a great place to live. Every interaction I have with people in the district reminds me of the great, hard-working people that live here and was a huge motivator for me to serve as their representative in the Capitol.

Since the Legislature convened in April, I have been hard at work familiarizing myself with the many issues that will come up in next year’s legislative session. Some of the areas I have been focusing on lately include issues with the Department of Health & Human Services and the improvements that have been made. Some of these improvements include a marked decrease in call center hold times and the fulfillment of all 6 Federal standards for child and family services. The Federal standards determine whether or not Nebraska DHHS receives Federal funding.

Governor Ricketts acknowledged these improvements in a recent trip to Gering with DHHS’ CEO Courtney Phillips. During a press conference, they both laid out DHHS’ new business plan, which outlines a series of 25 different areas identified for improvement. I am pleased to see that CEO Phillips has led the Department to some much needed improvements. In my role as a State Senator, member of the Special Investigative Committee on ACCESSNebraska, and member of the Appropriations Committee, my focus is very often on streamlining DHHS’ processes to make it a more efficient use of Nebraska taxpayers’ money.

I have also done some work with the Legislature’s Planning Committee, which is tasked with studying the emerging trends across the nation that will affect Nebraska. Among them is the growth of the entrepreneurial class. Small business plays an especially important role in rural Nebraska in driving economic growth. Being an entrepreneur myself, I see the importance of nurturing these activities for our state.

Some of the recommendations from the Planning Committee’s report last year included partnerships between small business leaders and local school districts in providing mentorships and teaching opportunities, encouraging development of real estate and other capital investments, and the general encouragement of small business ownership.

Although lessening the tax burden is one way to encourage small business ownership, this is only one piece of the puzzle. There are a number of other measures that can be taken to encourage economic growth. In its June 2016 release of “Removing Barriers in Nebraska,” the Platte Institute studied four key areas of Nebraska’s economic climate: growth of gross domestic product, per capita personal income growth, employment growth, and population growth.

Two of those indicators for Nebraska received high marks. GDP growth and personal income growth in Nebraska were ranked 6th and 10th in the nation, respectively. For the other two indicators, employment and population growth, Nebraska received somewhat lower rankings of 25th and 27th, respectively. While resilient Nebraskans “weather the storm” quite well in tough times, there is a lot more our state can do to encourage economic growth. Addressing the property tax burden, taxes on small and growing businesses, and the regulatory framework in Nebraska are all ways this can be achieved.

Another one of my primary focuses has been on studying Nebraska’s tax profile to determine where adjustments can be made, so we may provide lasting tax relief to Nebraska families. As I study Nebraska’s tax policy, I am reminded of the importance not just in cutting taxes but making sure they are put to good use. This is something that I have tried to live by as a State Senator.

One of the most recent debates on the efficient use of taxpayer dollars was the passage of LB960 this year, the Transportation Innovation Act. The Act ensures that tax dollars used for infrastructure upgrades are invested wisely in our transportation infrastructure and expressways. The initial funds are seeded in part from Nebraska’s Cash Reserve Fund, or “rainy day fund” and partly from gas tax proceeds. These proceeds are then used to provide a number of capital investment packages to various counties across Nebraska. These capital investment activities are essential to the long-term growth of District 48 and Nebraska as a whole.

One of the federally designated high-priority corridors that will be positively impacted by the Transportation Innovation Act is the Heartland Expressway. This expressway connects Nebraska to other transportation networks, such as the Theodore Roosevelt Expressway in Montana, North & South Dakota and the Ports to Plains Corridor running from Denver, Colorado down to Monterrey in Mexico. Recently, I had the pleasure of attending the Heartland Expressway Association’s annual meeting, which outlined the work that has been done in connecting the Heartland Expressway to these surrounding networks. All of these efforts are a vital part of economic development for rural Nebraska, connecting our entrepreneurs and small business owners to interstate and international commerce.

As always, I remain open to your feedback on how I may address the issues that mean most to you. Please do not hesitate to contact my office with any questions you may have over the interim. Thank you to those who have taken the time to express their views on various issues. My contact information is located on the right hand side of this webpage.

The past few months have proven to be quite busy already. With legislative tasks forces, interim studies, and legislative resolutions kicking into full gear, there are lots of things to be done in preparation for next year’s session.

Before I talk about the work I have been doing since the Legislature convened earlier this year, I’d like to acknowledge a very special occasion taking place in 2017: Nebraska’s 150th birthday, or sesquicentennial. Over 150 years ago, Nebraska was established as a territory after passage of the Nebraska-Kansas Act of 1854. 13 years later, in 1867, it was admitted into the Union. This marked the beginning of a rich tradition of hard work and thriftiness. In preparation for the sesquicentennial, the Capitol Commission is expected to finish construction of the courtyard fountains later this year as part of the original blueprint designs.

The Governor encourages communities to host their own celebrations of Nebraska’s sesquicentennial next year. To help with costs of putting on these events, interested parties may apply for grants through the Nebraska Sesquicentennial Commission. The application process shall be open beginning on June 15th. More information on the grant program may be found on the Commission’s website. (Click here to follow link.)

As with the sesquicentennial celebrations, a lot of preparations are required to get ready for next year’s legislative session. I have been hard at work already, making frequent trips to the Capitol as part of my responsibilities with numerous special committee assignments, in addition to my responsibilities with the Appropriations Committee. These assignments include the ACCESSNebraska Special Investigative Committee, Election Technology Committee, and the Venture Development and Innovation Task Force.

As part of my responsibilities on the ACCESSNebraska Special Investigative Committee, we recently met with various stakeholders regarding improvements to ACCESSNebraska, a department underneath the Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services. The CEO of Nebraska’s DHHS, Courtney Phillips, discussed the current state of ACCESSNebraska, improvements in its services to Nebraskans, and future goals moving forward. I am proud of the work that CEO Phillips has done in cutting costs for taxpayers, increasing efficiencies, and improving services for Nebraskans. For more information on these improvements, you may read about it in the Lincoln Journal Star. (Click here to follow link.)

One of my other special committee assignments is the Election Technology Committee, tasked with developing a plan to modernize the technology used in Nebraska’s federal, state, and local elections. Much of this discussion centers around the uses Election Commissioners and County Clerks apply in the ballot counting process. Modernizing election technology is a great way for Nebraska to save state taxpayer dollars and eliminate voter fraud.

I am most excited to be a part of the Venture Development and Innovation Task Force, which was created this year after the passage of LB1083: the Next Generation Business Growth Act. As part of this task force, I am part of an ongoing effort to encourage entrepreneurship and innovation in Nebraska by developing a statewide strategic plan. Part of this effort includes developing an inventory of capital investiture programs available to small and growing businesses, the economic impact these businesses bring to Nebraska, comparing Nebraska to our neighboring states, and the policy options available to the Legislature.

As I travel back and forth between home and the Capitol, I am reminded of the rising water tables in Western Nebraska after a long spring of storms and melting snowcaps. I even had the pleasure of touring the Pathfinder Reservoir in Wyoming with the Board of Directors from both the Pathfinder Irrigation District and Farmers Irrigation District of Nebraska. As some of you may know, the Pathfinder Reservoir spilled over for the fourth time in 30 years. This is an extremely rare occurrence, caused by a large increase in snowmelt coming down from the mountains and is still expected to continue for a time.

As always, I remain open to your feedback on how I may address the issues that mean most to you. Please do not hesitate to contact my office with any questions you may have over the interim. Thank you to those who have taken the time to express their views on various issues. My contact information is located on the right hand side of this webpage.

Nebraska college students interested in becoming a page for the Nebraska Legislature for the 2017 Legislative session are encouraged to apply. Details from the Clerk of the Legislature’s office are below.

Description: Legislative pages are selected in the fall each year to work for the upcoming legislative session, beginning the following January. Pages respond to Senator’s request lights on the legislative floor. They run errands, deliver messages, photocopy materials, get food and drink for the Senators, assist the presiding officer, set up and staff committee hearings and perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements: Pages must be high school graduates who are currently enrolled in a Nebraska college or trade school with a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. They must be able to work 20 hours a week during session. It is preferred that they work the same four-hour shift each day. The legislative session will begin January 4, 2017, and go through May 2017. This is a paid position and you may also be able to receive credit hours through your college. First year pages will earn approximately $10.37 per hour, and second year pages approximately $10.78 per hour.

Parking: Parking is limited. There are no reserved parking facilities available. Most street parking around the Capitol is two-hour parking. The city will ticket if you park longer. We suggest that you may want to park on the side streets or carpool with other pages.

To Apply: Applications are available through the Clerk of the Legislature’s office, Room 2018, State Capitol, 1445 K Street, or through your state Senator’s office. A page applicant is also encouraged to contact his or her home district state senator for a letter of recommendation. If you do not know who your senator is, please contact the Clerk of the Legislature’s office for assistance. When you have completed the application, please return it to the Clerk of the Legislature’s office, Room 2018, State Capitol, 1445 K Street, Lincoln NE 68509.

Deadline: The page application deadline for the 2017 legislative session will be Monday, October 3, 2016. The page selection committee will meet October 13, 2016, to interview and select individuals to fill those positions to start January 4, 2017.

Contact: For further information, please contact the Office of the Clerk of the Legislature at 402-471-2271, or Kitty Kearns at 402-471-0617, email: kkearns@leg.ne.gov.

The 2016 legislative session has ended and the interim has begun. There is a lot of work that needs to be done over the interim months in preparation for the next session which begins in January. Notwithstanding all the work, one of the things I have been doing since session ended, and have thoroughly enjoyed, has been visiting the local elementary schools, specifically the fourth grade, to enhance the Nebraska history curriculum taught to our fourth graders. Unfortunately I was not able to visit every elementary school in the District, and to those students and teachers I was unable to meet with, you have my sincere apology. It is my full intention to visit every elementary fourth grader in the District next year during my legislative recess days.

It is important that our youth learn about Nebraska and the history of Nebraska and the Legislature. Nebraska’s one house system, the Unicameral, makes us unique when compared to all other states. All across Nebraska, fourth grade students get a lesson on Nebraska’s history and the history of the Unicameral. Students learn the historical foundation and events that led to the formation of Nebraska’s government. They learn the function of the Unicameral, how a bill becomes law, and get to learn about the different roles of government and who the leaders in our government are. To compliment the curriculum taught in class, fourth grade students also get to visit and tour the State Capitol. Many students even get to see the Legislature in action, observing debate among the Senators and seeing them vote. Unfortunately, with distance and travel issues that are a part of living in far western Nebraska, our fourth grade students do not get to participate in the Capitol visit. This is why I chose to bring the Capitol and the Legislature to our students.

During my visits, I was able to visit with the students about what I do as their state Senator, how the Legislature works, why Nebraska is unique with its one house Unicameral, and most importantly, to answer the many questions the students had. The interest and enthusiasm the students possess made me proud to be able to bring them this information and experience.

Recognizing that the 400 miles to Lincoln is a daunting trip, I would still encourage anyone who has never visited the Capitol in Lincoln to do so. The building holds so much history. Much of what you see in the Capitol is still original from when the Capitol was constructed in the late 1920’s and early 1930’s. The Capitol is home to the three branches of State government. The official tour provided by the wonderful tour guides takes you around the Capitol, to the legislative chamber, the Governor’s office, the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. On a clear day, if you go up to the observation deck on the 14th Floor, you can see for miles in all directions. Also on the 14th Floor is a Memorial Chamber, which is a dedication to the heroic enterprises associated with Nebraska’s history.

Under construction right now are fountains in the four Capitol courtyards. These fountains were contained in the original blueprints during construction of the Capitol, but because of the Depression in the 1930’s and the high unemployment rate, they were never installed. Completion of the fountains will be done by the end of the year, in time for the 2017 Nebraska Sesquicentennial, Nebraska’s 150th birthday.

If your summer plans include a trip to the Capitol, please stop by my Capitol office, Room 1406. My staff is in the office Monday through Friday, and are happy to meet and visit with you. I also plan on being in my Capitol office during the interim months about every couple of weeks.

I would like to thank all of the fourth grade students and teachers I was able to visit with. Thank you for allowing me to visit with you about my experience in the Legislature. I am humbled that I am allowed this experience, and to be able to share my experience with the youth in my District.

Sen. John Stinner

District 48
Room #1406
P.O. Box 94604
Lincoln, NE 68509
Phone: (402) 471-2802
Email: jstinner@leg.ne.gov
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