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Q: I’m worried about my 10-month-old granddaughter’s health. I love my son and daughter-in-law. But when I visited last week, the house was filled with trash, moldy food was stuck to the carpet and dirty diapers were spilling from the trash. My granddaughter is old enough to start crawling, but she’s constrained to an infant seat to keep her from getting into these messes. Should I express my concerns over these troubling health conditions?

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Greetings District 36. The Legislature adjourned Sine Die on May 27th. The final days of the session were spent debating governor veto overrides on LBs 108, 147, and 306 and adopting guidelines for the redistricting process which will take place in September.

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On Memorial Day we set aside time to honor and remember those who put on our nation’s uniform and gave their lives in defense of our freedoms. The willingness of many to defend our borders, our freedom, and our Republic is what keeps the American dream alive and the United States a prominent leader on the world stage. We are reminded of the selfless acts of heroism of our armed forces who served in past conflicts and those who continue to serve around the world today.

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Greetings District 36. The Legislature is close to finishing its work for the year. Last week, the Speaker announced the last day of the session will be May 27th. I am pleased with the work the Legislature has completed this year amid uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. I would like to take this opportunity to recap the bills I introduced and share the progress of my legislative priorities through the session.

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Our nation’s law enforcement officers work every day to keep our communities safe. We owe it to these brave individuals to provide them with the resources necessary to do their jobs both safely and securely across America. I stand with our law enforcement officers and thank them for putting their lives on the line. Yet despite their service, there are still calls to “defund the police,” which would leave our communities less safe and drive economic opportunity away from areas that need it most.

Observations from Your State Board of Education Representative

Friday May 7, 2021 – Last Friday, the Nebraska State Board of Education met at the Kearney Younes Conference Center for its monthly business meeting. The early part of the meeting was highlighted by testimony from approximately 67 people who presented on the Nebraska Health Education Standards.

Greetings from Senator Williams

Greetings District 36! There has been a great deal of discussion lately regarding the proposed health education standards from the Nebraska Department of Education. I want to make my position on this issue clear. I have fully reviewed the draft standards and the rationale behind the draft, and I have serious reservations about the appropriateness of the draft standards. I believe the health standards are not age or content appropriate, and infringe on parental rights.

Expressing Trade Priorities to USTR

When I speak with the farmers, ranchers, manufacturers, and other businesses in the Third District, a common theme is the importance of trade to our state’s economic success. This week, the Ways and Means Committee held our annual hearing on the administration’s trade policy agenda, where members of the committee had their first opportunity to hear from and question Ambassador Katherine Tai, our recently confirmed United States Trade Representative (USTR). I appreciated the opportunity to urge the Biden Administration to enforce existing trade agreements and reiterate the necessity of renewing Trade Promotional Authority and completing pending free trade agreements that would not only benefit Nebraska, but our nation as a whole.