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Greetings District 36. National Agriculture Week was March 21st through the 27th. Agriculture is clearly Nebraska’s number one industry. One in four jobs in Nebraska are related to agriculture. Nebraska ranks first among states in beef exports and commercial cattle slaughter. The State ranks second in total cattle and calves, commercial red meat production, and ethanol production. Nebraska also ranks third in corn production and corn exports. When we hear the phrase, “Farmers and ranchers help feed the world.”, it is an accurate and important statement and one that makes us, as Nebraskans, proud. A special thanks to all those involved with agriculture.

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Q: We’re struggling with our teen son’s use of marijuana. We have confronted him, but he just counters that cannabis is now socially acceptable and being legalized across the country. He has refused to stop and we’re not sure how to respond.

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Greetings District 36! Last week, Committees finished holding public hearings on bills introduced this session. This week, the Legislature moved to full day sessions with debate taking place in the mornings and afternoons.

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At the forefront of many Americans’ minds right now, including mine, is the situation at our southern border. The surge of illegal immigrants attempting to enter our country at the Unites States-Mexico border is a serious problem with sweeping implications for national security, drug smuggling, and public safety, before even considering the health and safety of the skyrocketing numbers of unaccompanied children. Our country is a beacon of freedom and opportunity, but our legal process must be upheld and abided by to ensure the continued existence of such opportunity.

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Q: My husband recently left me and moved in with another woman. My children are confused because their dad has been lying to them about where he’s living and the reasons for our separation. What should I tell them?

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Greetings District 36! This week Legislative Committees wrapped up public hearings and floor debate began with morning sessions. Committees have been meeting in the afternoon to finalize action on bills and decide which bills will be advanced to the floor for debate by the full Legislature.

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Our Constitution’s framers affirmed our right to bear arms through the Second Amendment for an important reason; to provide Americans with means of protection and self-defense. This week Democrats brought to the House floor two bills they claim would protect safety by restricting gun ownership. I will always be vigilant in protecting Nebraskans’ Second Amendment rights, and I opposed both bills because they would do far more to harm the rights of law-abiding Americans than to address any real problem.

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Q: Our 23-year-old son is living with us again. We also have young teens in the house. We know we should treat our adult son differently in terms of rules and expectations, but we’re concerned about how this might affect the younger kids. Help!

Greetings from Senator Willilams

This week, most standing Committees finished their public hearings for this legislative session. The Legislature will now begin full day debate of bills that have advanced out of the standing Committees. The Banking, Commerce, and Insurance Committee ended its public hearing schedule with a hearing on LB270 and LB375, both of which propose to further regulate Pharmacy Benefit Managers, more commonly called PBMs.

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