Category: Unicameral: District 1

The Truth about School Choice in Nebraska

I am thrilled to share an op-ed with you that addresses some of the most pressing concerns regarding School Choice, a cause I wholeheartedly support. The Midland Voices article by Senators Lou Ann Linehan and Brad Von Gillern examines the misinformation spread by the Nebraska State Education Association in an attempt to repeal the Opportunity Scholarships Act. I encourage you to read the article, as…

Tax Relief Means Nothing without Property Valuation Limits

I’ve heard from many of you about the extreme property valuation increases you have recentlyreceived. First off, let me assure you that these increases WERE NOT mandated by the Nebraska StateLegislature. Yearly property valuations of real estate are made by your local County Assessors, not bythe Nebraska Legislature. Second, as an owner of real estate in Nebraska, you have the right to protest the new…

TITLE: 2023 Session Post-Mortem

If you are looking for a rosy review of this year’s 2023 Legislative Session, this week’s columnisn’t it. Our Legislature’s 2023 Session ended on June 1. We were able to achieve somemonumental bills- billions in tax relief, better support for our rural public schools, protectinginnocent life, passing Constitutional Carry, and even a long-awaited repeal of Nebraska’s helmetmandate for motorcycles. These victories happened despite certain members’…

Sprint to the Finish

The Nebraska Legislature is nearing the end of the 108th Legislature, 1st Regular Session. With a ceasefire in the ongoing filibuster, the Legislature is able to both move forward by passing legislation and procedural duties, such as Legislative confirmations! I would like to highlight some of the bills passed either by the Legislature or signed by the Governor last week. Senator Briese’s LB 243 passed…

Many Wins for Southeast Nebraska

As we enter the final weeks of the long session, it only seems fitting that our legislative days would extend into the twilight of each day, as well. However, this past week was a productive one, packed with late-night debates, filibusters, and continuous wins for Southeast Nebraska. The Nebraska Legislature has continued to debate the budget these past few weeks and I would like to…

Budget Debate

Last week, the Legislature debated the budget for 2023-2024. The Appropriations Committee, which is tasked with making the budget, has worked hard to introduce a budget that benefits the entire state. I thank them for all of their hard work. With this said, I would like to highlight some proposals that would benefit all Nebraskans. Provisions of Senator Clements’ LB 681 are included in the…

Rural School and Special Education Funding

As we continue to work towards providing the best possible education for all students in our state, I want to highlight the importance of Senator Sanders’ LB 583, which proposes an increase in state aid for K-12 public school students and additional funding for special education. Many schools, particularly in rural areas, do not have access to adequate funding and resources; Nebraska provides less money…

Moving Forward

As many of you may already know, many of my colleagues in the Nebraska Legislature are using every parliamentary trick in the book to avoid getting to certain legislative bills. They are attempting to obstruct the legislative process and prevent important legislation from being brought to a vote. This is a blatant attempt to stifle the voice of the majority and it is completely unacceptable;…

The 411…

Last week was the first full week of full-day floor debates, with the addition of various scheduledlate nights, ending the debate at 9:00 PM. Previously, during hearing days, we had floor debatesin the mornings and hearings in the afternoon. This column will give an update on threeimportant bills that were debated last week.Senator Brewer’s LB 77, the constitutional carry bill that would allow Nebraskans to…

Important People

Last week, Omaha Westside Superintendent Mike Lucas had a conversation leaked online by “Accuracy in Media,” a government accountability group. In it, Dr. Lucas bragged that his district had some of the “most important” people in the state. These “important people” could be fed talking points by the school district to lobby the legislature to kill bills the Omaha-based school district didn’t like. Dr. Lucas…

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