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Senator Hansen’s Week Ahead


This week was the busiest week yet for my staff and I as three of my bills received their public committee hearings.  As mentioned in earlier columns, every bill introduced receives its own hearing where any member of the public can come and testify in front of a committee of senators.  Committee chairs schedule the hearings and notify senators when their bills will be heard. Once a bill is heard in committee, the senators will meet in an “Executive Session” to vote to the floor for debate, hold it in committee, or delay a vote.  Many bills are amended through the committee process as a result of suggestions brought up during the hearing.

LB 378 to require persons under the age of 21 years to wear a helmet was heard on Tuesday in the Transportation and Telecommunications Committee.  Many District 16 constituents came to testify – some in support and others in opposition.  Fifteen other senators who’ve cosigned this bill agree with me that riding motorcycles without a helmet is a matter of personal freedom and individual liberty.  I’m excited about the debate this bill will see on the floor.

LB 381 to change state agency reimbursement procedures was heard on Thursday in the Government, Military, and Veterans Affairs Committee.  I introduced the bill at the request of the Department of Administrative Services, which handles most administrative functions of Nebraska State Government.  The bill, if passed, would cut a lot of red tape currently required to process reimbursement claims for agency travel.

LB 312 to change restrictions placed on dental hygienists was also heard Thursday in the Health and Human Services Committee.  This bill would allow dental hygienists to work in home health or hospice settings and would encourage more hygienists to work in rural health clinics.  In preparing for the hearing, we discovered that 33 of Nebraska’s counties are without the services of a Public Health Registered Dental Hygienist, proving a need for expanded access to care in many rural areas of Nebraska.

My next review of property tax relief bills is a constitutional amendment proposed by Senator Linehan at the request of the Governor.  Legislative resolution 8 CA would limit the amount of property tax revenue raised by a political subdivision to only 3 percent more than what was raised in the previous year – with the exception that political subdivisions could raise more than 3 percent with a vote of the people.   Functionally, this would slow the growth of property tax increases and would likely be paired with other bills providing property tax cuts.  Because it’s a constitutional amendment this resolution, if passed by the legislature, would be placed on the ballot for a vote by all legal voters in the state.  As of February 15th, the resolution has not been scheduled for its public hearing.

You’re welcome to contact our office at (402)-471-2728 to speak with my Administrative Assistant, Ellie Stangl; or my Legislative Aide, Jacob Campbell.  You can also email me at bhansen@leg.ne.gov.  To follow along with the session please visit nebraskalegislature.gov or you may watch the live stream when available at netnebraska.org

 

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Here We Go! Winter Storm Warning!


…WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 9 AM CST WEDNESDAY… * WHAT…Heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 6 to 9 inches expected. * WHERE…Portions of east central and northeast Nebraska. * WHEN…From 6 PM this evening to 9 AM CST Wednesday. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Travel will quickly become very difficult. The hazardous conditions will impact the Wednesday morning commute. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A Winter Storm Warning for snow means severe winter weather conditions will make travel very hazardous or impossible. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

Winter Storm Watch


…WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM TUESDAY EVENING THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING… * WHAT…Heavy snow possible. Total snow accumulations of 5 to 8 inches possible. * WHERE…Portions of east central and northeast Nebraska. * WHEN…From Tuesday evening through Wednesday morning. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Plan on slippery road conditions and potentially hazardous travel conditions or delays. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A Winter Storm Watch means there is potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.

We Had a Great Time at Great Wolf Lodge! Love My Family!


Winter Weather Advisory til 6 pm/Wind Chill Advisory til Noon Friday!


…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM CST THIS EVENING… …WIND CHILL ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON CST FRIDAY… * WHAT…Blowing snow and very cold wind chills expected. Additional snow accumulations of up to half an inch. Winds gusting as high as 40 mph. Wind chills as low as 30 below zero expected. * WHERE…Portions of east central, northeast and southeast Nebraska and southwest and west central Iowa. * WHEN…For the Winter Weather Advisory, until 6 PM CST this evening. For the Wind Chill Advisory, until noon CST Friday. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Plan on slippery road conditions. Patchy blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact the evening commute. The cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Expect slippery roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving. A Wind Chill Advisory means that cold air and the wind will combine to create low wind chills. Frostbite and hypothermia can occur if precautions are not taken. Make sure you wear a hat and gloves. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1. &&

Winter Weather Advisory


…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM NOON WEDNESDAY TO 6 PM CST THURSDAY… * WHAT…Some freezing drizzle or sleet changing to light snow by Wednesday afternoon. Total snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches and ice accumulations of a light glaze expected. Winds gusting as high as 45 mph on Thursday with areas of blowing and drifting snow. Additionally, wind chills could fall to 20 to 25 below zero late Wednesday night into Thursday morning. * WHERE…Portions of east central and northeast Nebraska and west central Iowa. * WHEN…From noon Wednesday to 6 PM CST Thursday. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Plan on slippery road conditions. Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute. The cold wind chills as low as 25 below zero could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Expect slippery roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

Dense Fog Advisory


…DENSE FOG ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON CST SUNDAY… The National Weather Service in Omaha/Valley has issued a Dense Fog Advisory, which is in effect until noon CST Sunday. * VISIBILITIES…Less than one quarter mile, with localized near zero visibility. * TIMING…Through noon Sunday. * IMPACTS…Very low visibility will create hazardous driving conditions, especially during the evening and overnight hours. Be prepared for rapidly changing visibilities. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A Dense Fog Advisory means visibilities will frequently be reduced to less than one quarter mile. If driving, slow down, use your headlights, and leave plenty of distance ahead of you.

Mary Ann Hawkins, 83, of Oakland NE


Mary Ann Hawkins, 83 years, of Oakland, Nebraska, passed away Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at Heritage at Legacy in Omaha, Nebraska.

Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

Memorial Contribution

TO THE FAMILY FOR FUTURE DESIGNATION.

Let’s Leave This World Better Than We Found It


The division in this country is alarming. There is so much hate spewing from people, it is frightening.

Why?

I believe social media is the main source of it.

People can be on a laptop, Ipad, cell phone, any tablet for that matter, and just type words that most would never have the nerve to say publicly.

If you aren’t on Facebook, twitter or any of the many other social media sights, you may be unaware, and maybe you are the luckies of people. There are days I scroll through my Facebook and have to keep on scrolling by so many posts. I have a twitter account, but I never use it. Social media can overload a person.

I have a degree in journalism. No, I am not bragging. I am going to make a point. A journalist, a good one anyway, is to report both sides of a story. A journalist is not to report one side, the side they agree with, to the public. They are to report the entire story, both sides, to the public. A good journalist will do so, allowing the public to form their own thoughts and opinions on the story. But, it should be a fact-based story, leaving the reader or those watching the news, to have the knowledge needed to have their opinions. Not the nonsense we see today.

Today, journalists (reporters) air clips of a political event, not sharing the entire video, for people to see. They are also guilty of reporting their own opinions. No, not saying them. Rather, they use their own agenda, their view on the subject, to report a story. I guess they need to go back to Journalism 101.

I rarely watch the news any longer. Facebook keeps me informed, and not always in a good way. So, I do what a real journalist would do. I research. I look at both sides of an issue. I then make my own decision on the matter. I strongly encourage everyone to do the same thing.

To say I am concerned about politics is an understatement. I am well beyond concerned. I am fearful of what the future may hold, not for me, but for many future generations.

I am a grandmother. A very proud grandmother. I would give my life for my grandkids. I believe any grandparent would. But, that is just my belief. I know positively how I feel. We are going to be blessed in June with another grandchild. We are excited beyond words. I am a vocal person because I have a goal, to leave this world a better place than I found it.

I hope more people rather than less have the same goal. We have to work together, come together, pray together, to achieve this goal. I have always prayed. I believe in the power of prayer. I won’t say what I privately pray for. But I will tell you that I have been praying every single night for this country, for the safety of our citizens, for people to come together for the greater good.

Hate never achieves anything. Love is boundless.

God Bless.

 

Winter Weather Advisory


…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM FRIDAY TO 3 AM CST SATURDAY… * WHAT…Snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 2 to 5 inches expected. Locally higher amounts possible. Gusts of 20 to 30 mph will lead to blowing snow and reduced visibility. * WHERE…Portions of east central and northeast Nebraska and west central Iowa. * WHEN…From 9 AM Friday to 3 AM CST Saturday. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Plan on slippery road conditions. The hazardous conditions could impact the evening commute. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Expect snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.
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