LEGISLATIVE UPDATES
LEGISLATIVE UPDATES

The Legislature was called back into session on Monday, March 23, to pass emergency funding relating to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). An amendment was added to LB 1198, a bill that originally sought to appropriate funding for the restoration of the doors to the legislative chambe…

I hope everyone in Legislative District 16 and the surrounding area is staying safe, healthy, and encouraged during the onset of COVID-19. It was just two weeks ago that the Legislature adjourned for the weekend, unsure if we would be coming back to work in the Capitol. Over that weekend the…

It’s hard to believe how quickly the coronavirus (COVID-19) has changed our lives in just a matter of weeks. I am grateful to Nebraskans for making sacrifices and taking precautions to help slow the spread of the virus and keep people healthy. Nebraskans have been complying with limitations …

Many unprecedented events have taken place over this past week. In my March 13 newsletter, I wrote about the Legislature giving first-round approval to the budget bills. Since then, COVID-19 has completely overshadowed everything else. Terms such as “community spread” and “social distancing”…

While the COVID-19 outbreak continues, drastic measures have been put in place to slow the spread. Unprecedented actions such as the closures of shops and restaurants, recommendations against gatherings of more than 10 people, and the canceling of many sporting and entertainment events have …

For the foreseeable future, we will all be working to combat coronavirus 2019, also known as COVID-19. As we work together to confront this pandemic, I want to reiterate simple reminders about how we stop it.

COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, has begun to dominate the headlines. To say that events are unfolding rapidly on a global, national, state, and even local level, would seem an enormous understatement. We are in uncharted waters, with many unknowns. But the goal needs to be to reduce the spr…

Today, March 16, 2020, I and other State Senators received news that the Legislature will not reconvene until further notice. This is due to concerns surrounding the Coronavirus COVID-19. My office will remain accessible to constituents. Your phone calls and emails will be answered. If staff…

It is clear coronavirus presents a major threat to the health of the most vulnerable among us, and Americans are rightfully taking steps to protect themselves, their families, friends, and neighbors from transmission. In addition, federal, state, and local governments have taken measures to …

The Appropriations Committee presented their recommendations for the budget to the Legislature this past week. The budget bills were also given first-round approval from the Legislature. Over the interim, the financial status of the current biennium has improved significantly. The variance f…

Greetings to all in Legislative District 16 and the surrounding region. Only six weeks are remaining in this 2020 legislative session, and although some substantial bill work was done this last week there remain many heavy lifts for the session. Property taxes, business incentives, and a pro…

You have probably seen the headlines about the new coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. In Nebraska, one woman is in critical condition, two of her family members have tested positive, and schools have now closed in districts including Hooper, Fremont, and Plattsmouth.

Every ten years, our government is required by our Constitution to conduct a census of our population. This year, from March 12-20, the United States Census Bureau will send out census forms and instruction to every household in the United States. Although the form may be an inconvenience, i…

The end of February brought with it the end of committee hearings. Nebraska’s legislature is unique not only because it’s the only unicameral legislature in the nation, but because each and every bill introduced receives a public hearing where anyone can testify. We put in long hours and a w…

In the town halls I’ve held across the 41st district, as well as visits at the Capitol in Lincoln, many of you have brought up housing. Rural workforce housing is among the top issues holding Nebraska back from our true economic potential. Certainly, the high burden of property taxes across …

In October 2016, I had the pleasure of visiting a new business in Northeast Omaha called North End Teleservices. At the time, the company, which provides contact center services for commercial organizations and government entities, had about 30 employees. It was exciting to see this budding …

Over halfway there already! Thursday, February 27 marked the 32nd day of the Legislative Session. The Senators, Committees, and the Speaker have each designated priority bills. Committees have held final meetings. The Legislative Body begins full day floor debate on Tuesday, March 3. We are …

This past week, the Legislature hit the half way mark in this year’s 60-day legislation session. The public hearing process is complete and senators will now meet in full-day session. Discussion will focus on bills that have been given priority status either by a senator, a committee, or the…

This week the Ways and Means Committee held our annual hearing with Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar. He discussed the administration’s current work on health care, the administration’s efforts for combating coronavirus, and answered questions we had on both subjects.

One of the most basic expectations of government is the health and well-being of our nation. Yesterday, in a timely subcommittee hearing, I asked an Inspector General of Health and Human Services this question: “Are our drugs safe?”

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