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.
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.
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.
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.