Wednesday, September 19, 2018
   
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Priority bill makes it out of committee

Greetings District 36. We are halfway through this year’s 60-day legislative session. Committee hearings will continue for a few more weeks and then the Legislature will begin full-day debate on bills.

I am pleased to report that my bill on problem-solving courts, LB 919, was moved out of the Judiciary Committee on a unanimous vote. I prioritized this bill so that it will be debated this session by the Legislature.

This bill is designed to create efficiencies and improve outcomes for those involved in the criminal justice system. Problem-solving courts include drug court, veterans court, mental-health court, and other specialty courts.

The Legislature also approved three of my bills on the first round of debate. The first bill, LB 778, would reduce the paperwork required by the Department of Banking and Finance.

Another bill, LB 807, would provide more flexibility to county boards to waive reporting requirements for county attorneys. Finally, LB1035 would allow the Secretary of State to publish a report on its website instead of mailing CD, paper, and microfiche reports to users.

Admittedly, these aren’t very exciting issues, but collectively these bills will streamline government services.

I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the Chambers of Commerce in the communities of District 36. Many of these organizations have been having their annual meetings. My schedule with hearings late on Fridays has precluded me from attending these functions this year.

Our Chambers are the lifeblood of business activity in our communities. I salute the volunteers and all their efforts. Keep up the good work!

The Gothenburg Memorial Hospital Gala will be Saturday, Feb. 27. This is a special event each year on the Gothenburg calendar.

As many are aware, the Gothenburg hospital is currently involved with a major expansion of its facilities. As part of this expansion, a separate wellness center project is in the works. Without a doubt, this project will benefit Gothenburg and the entire surrounding area. Again, I applaud the efforts of the volunteers and wish them the best success in helping Gothenburg grow.

Recently, Rodney Aden was inducted into the Dawson County Cattlemen’s Hall of Fame. Rodney and his entire family have been instrumental in the livestock industry in Dawson County.

I sincerely congratulate Rodney on this much deserved recognition. We are blessed to have a strong agricultural economy in Legislative District 36.

As a Legislature it is our responsibility to continue to create a climate in which agriculture can thrive.

We continue to receive calls and emails at our office from constituents concerning issues of importance. Your input is helpful. Please feel free to contact me by phone at (402) 471-2642 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .