Every year, the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision inspires countless Americans to gather in spirit to exercise their First Amendment rights and peacefully protest on behalf of the unborn. This annual spotlight on the pro-life movement is a reminder of the ever growing and inspiring movement, both across the country and here in our nation’s capital. Defending life in its earliest form is critical to the humanity of our society.
Greetings District 36! This week the Legislature saw the end of the 10-day bill introduction period. In addition, the Chief Justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court, Mike Heavican presented his State of the Judiciary address. Chief Justice Heavican reviewed how the pandemic changed the way the courts operated, while maintaining the constitutional duty to remain open. He also gave a shout out to Judge Doyle in Dawson County on Judge Doyle’s initiative to broadcast court proceedings.
On January 20, we witnessed the transition of power from one President to the next – a hallmark of our democracy. I congratulate President Biden and Vice President Harris as we move forward as a country to tackle the challenges we have in front of us. I look forward to working with the Biden administration on important issues such as rural health care, increasing trade opportunities, and fixing our nation’s infrastructure.
Greetings District 36. This week the Legislature has been busy with bill introduction. Bill introduction occurs during the first ten days of the session. Each bill introduced is required to have a public hearing, so once a bill is introduced it is referenced to a specific standing committee based on its subject matter to hold the hearing.
The events of last Wednesday were nothing short of horrific. I am appalled at what I saw and fully support the prosecution of every participant and planner of the uprising. Snap impeachment, however, without a complete investigation sets a dangerous precedent. The impeachment vote may feel politically expedient to Democrats, but this is not the correct way to address the violence nor will it bring our country together. Instead we should be moving forward to work on the key challenges our country faces. I remain committed to building on our accomplishments from the past four years, which had given us one of the strongest economies in American history prior to COVID-19, as we safely reopen and rebuild.