LEGISLATIVE UPDATES
LEGISLATIVE UPDATES

On the northern tip of Africa are the bordering countries of Ethiopia and Eritrea. They have been long-time enemies, leaving 100,000 persons dead and a million more displaced over the last few decades. When he assumed office recently, the new Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed decided to ca…

From the day President Trump was elected, Democrats have said it was their mission to impeach and remove him from office. In September, their three years of working for this came to a head – Speaker Pelosi announced that the House of Representatives would initiate an impeachment inquiry agai…

The legislature convened on Wednesday, January 8. This first week and a half were devoted mostly to bill introduction, and debate on carryover bills that didn’t get heard last year because they did not have a priority designation. Committee hearings began this week, with mornings devoted to …

The first full week of this year’s short legislative session brought with it the start of full days of debate and many more introduced bills. Unlike a long session where there is little to debate until newly introduced bills are able to go through the committee process and receive a public h…

This week a number of my colleagues, Senator Fischer and I, had the honor of attending President Trump and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He signing a phase one trade agreement between our nations. While we know there is much more work to be done, we should celebrate what the President and his eco…

As the 2020 session begins, it’s important to remain clear-sighted about the most pressing priorities of Nebraskans.  As special interests clamor for attention during this short legislative session, Senators must keep laser-focused on the priorities that will grow our state as we enter a new…

Well over one year ago, President Trump announced a historic trade deal that will benefit Nebraska’s families, agriculture, manufacturing, and businesses: the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. The USMCA would replace the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) while fort…

Your Legislature was gaveled in for the opening session of 2020 on Wednesday, January 8, 2020. Two hundred and fifteen (215) bills were introduced in the first three days. As a reminder, bills can be introduced by Senators for the first ten (10) days of session, which is January 23, 2020.

Happy New Year to everyone in Legislative District 16!  I hope you and your families had a terrific 2019 and are looking forward to great things in 2020.  The 60-day legislative session kicked off Wednesday, January 8th in Lincoln with big issues on the agenda for the short session including…

Several years ago, a colleague hosted a member of Iran’s legislature (the Majiis) in his office in Washington. I was invited, so I went. The Iranian official was cordial, guarded, and politely gave the party line. Our system afforded him the opportunity to travel, meet, and speak. Perhaps he…

State Senator Tom Briese of Albion announced Monday his bid for re-election to represent the 41st District in the Nebraska Legislature.

Wednesday, January 8 marked the first day of the One Hundred Sixth Legislature, Second Session. This also marks the beginning of the second year that I am serving as the representative of the 40th Legislative District. The 40th district covers the counties of Boyd, Cedar, Dixon, Holt, Knox a…

This week, the Nebraska Legislature kicks off a new session at the State Capitol. Over the interim, I’ve been working with my team and Senators to prepare important initiatives such as property tax relief and flood assistance. On Wednesday, January 15th, I will detail my plans for the sessio…

There is an overabundance of titles that pundits pinned on the year of 2019. Some may describe the year as one of “disaster and destruction.” Natural disasters caused major damage and uncertainty over trade created anxiety for Nebraskans. But I think a better label for last year is “reveal a…

I first want to extend my wishes that everyone had a Merry Christmas, and a nice holiday season with family and friends, as well as to wish a healthy and prosperous New Year to everyone.

As we begin a new year, I find it useful reflect on past successes while building plans for the future. In 2019, we faced many challenges, but we also founded several solutions to which will benefit Nebraska families, farmers, ranchers, and small businesses.

Nebraska has abundant job opportunities awaiting our college graduates.  In an era of rising costs to students and families for higher education, it’s important that we work together to help students stay on track with their degree plans.  By graduating on time, they can enjoy the rewards of…

The vision of my administration is to grow Nebraska, and we’ve worked hard throughout 2019 to make that vision a reality. This has been a tough year because of historic floods, but Nebraska has been resilient. We’ve experienced tremendous growth in 2019 by building on four pillars of prosper…

“The Christmas season is a time for family and friends to come together and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. During our celebrations, let’s remember to spread joy, hope, and peace with one another as we strive to exemplify Christ’s sacrificial love for us to the people in our lives. We m…

This past year has been a challenging one for a number of folks throughout

Jimmy Johns

OMAHA — Brandon Merrick, 38, Walthill, was sentenced Friday in federal court in Omaha for domestic assault resulting in substantial bodily injury.

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