Several Bills Pass First Round of Debate


By Senator Lydia Brasch

Our eleventh week of session – days 42-45 – adjourned Friday.

We convened Tuesday, March 15 ready to press onward the best we can despite seeming endless hours of debate as we draw closer to sine die (final day) scheduled for April 20. Much work remains and late nights most certainly prevail starting March 21.

Despite determined opposition for different reasons, the Legislature advanced LB745 on Tuesday. This raises caps on fees the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission can charge. In a separate section, the hunting season for upland game birds and mallard ducks in breeding and controlled shooting areas is extended two weeks; I supported only this. I introduced an amendment to strike everything except the extension of the hunting season, but it failed to pass. I cannot support raising caps on fees because this is their second increase during my tenure in the Legislature. Collectively, citizens of Nebraska already pay too much in taxes and fees for the Legislature to raise them again. This advanced intact despite my and a few other senators’ opposition.

Later on Tuesday, several other bills of interest passed first round of debate:

  • LB960 creates a transportation infrastructure bank funded by transferring $50 million from the Cash Reserves over an eight-year period. These funds can be utilized by the state and counties for road and bridge projects. As I prioritized this bill, I voted in favor of it.
  • LB843 provides immunity from prosecution for victims of human trafficking. The intent of the legislation is to encourage victims to seek help from law enforcement to report traffickers. The bill also creates the Sexual Assault Payment Program Cash Fund, to be used to pay for forensic medical examinations for victims. I voted for this bill.

On Wednesday we began a six hour debate of LB900 which would have repealed the motorcycle helmet law in Nebraska. The bill set an age limit at 21 or older for those who would be allowed to ride without a helmet; and also, children under the age of eight would be prohibited from being a passenger on a motorcycle. LB900 also created the Motorcycle Safety and Brain Injury Trust Fund by adding $19 to the motorcycle registration fee. I did not like the fee increase, but I supported LB900 because it prohibited children from being passengers on a motorcycle – my primary concern with the bill in the past. The bill was defeated Thursday morning.

Another bill of note is LB1109. This changes the level of transparency the University of Nebraska is required when recruiting applicants for key administrative positions, such as president or chancellor. Currently, all public agencies, including the University, must disclose the top four candidates for a public vetting process. Under LB1109, that process is altered so as to require the disclosure of only a single “priority” candidate followed by a 30-day “public vetting process.” Proponents argued this makes the search process more competitive, while opponents countered LB1109 eliminates public input on the selection of the final candidate. The bill advanced to Final Reading without my support.

The Revenue Committee will be holding another public hearing on LB958, the Governor’s property tax bill. The reason for the additional hearing is the amendment that was introduced significantly altered the original bill. The amendment is AM2617 and can be found here: http://nebraskalegislature.gov/FloorDocs/Current/PDF/AM/AM2617.pdf. The hearing will be held Thursday, March 24 at 2:00 p.m. in room 1524 in the Capitol Building.

Please contact me; my administrative aide, Katie Wattermann; or my legislative aide, Brett Waite, with questions or concerns at (402) 471-2728 or by email at lbrasch@leg.ne.gov; or stop by Room 1016 in the Capitol.

Lydia Brasch

Lydia Brasch

Public Encouraged to Report Whooping Crane Sightings


The entire population of whooping cranes in the Central Flyway is expected to migrate through Nebraska over the next several weeks. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission encourages the public to report whooping crane sightings.

Information on crane sightings is used to positively affect whooping crane conservation and recovery efforts.

Report any sightings to Nebraska Game and Parks (402-471-0641), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (308-379-5562), or The Crane Trust’s Whooper Watch hotline (1-888-399-2824). Emails may be submitted to Joel Jorgensen. More information about whooping cranes and how to identify them is available online.

Iva Darlene (Morgan) Anderson, 89, of Oakland NE


Iva Darlene (Morgan) Anderson was born to Floyd “Jack” Morgan and Eva E. (Newill) Morgan on August, 22, 1926 on a farm east of Lyons, Nebraska. She passed away on March 24, 2016 at the Oakland Memorial Hospital.

Iva grew up on a farm east of Rosalie the third from the oldest of 11 siblings. She received her early education at McCauley School, a country school located just east of the Morgan farm. In 1944 she graduated from Rosalie High School.

On April 17, 1946, Iva married Raymond L. Anderson at the Dodge County Courthouse in Fremont. They lived their entire married lives in Oakland, Nebraska where they raised five children.

Iva worked at the Johnson’s, Hilltop, Crest and Royal Cafes in Oakland for several years before purchasing the Hilltop Cafe in 1967 and becoming her own boss at age 40. For the first 9 years, the cafe was open from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. seven days a week with Iva working two shifts per day. Known for serving huge portions, her specialties included homemade fried chicken, hot beef sandwiches, chicken fried steaks, hash browns, pies and French fries with gravy on top (a favorite of the local high school students).

After going to work each day at 4:00 a.m. for nearly 25 years, Iva sold the cafe in 1992. Bored with retirement, she cooked at the Oakland Golf Club until officially retiring to enjoy more time with her family.

Iva enjoyed watching all types of sports- especially when her sons were playing or coaching. Iva will be remembered for working hard, speaking her mind and being fiercely proud and protective of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ray, in 1983; sister, Dorothy Shamburg; and two brothers, Rex and Jim Morgan.

Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Roger Enstrom of Fremont; four sons and daughters-in-law: Doug and Sandi Anderson of Omaha, Mick and Kathy Anderson of Wahoo, Kevin and Dawn Anderson of Craig, and Paul and Anna Anderson of Oakland; 13 grandchildren: Kristin (Chuck) Lewis, Jennifer (Duane) Bartelt, Justin Anderson, Amy (Tim) Kindschuh, Andrea (Rich) Alexander, Alexandria Anderson, Anna Enstrom, Lisa (Matt) Glathar, Rachel Enstrom and fiancée, Dylan Howe, Holly Perez, Brooke (Clint) Peterson, Andrew Anderson and Alex (Stephanie) Anderson; 14 great grandchildren: Ryan, Spencer, Grant and Chase Lewis; Carson and Ava Bartelt; William and Lucy Glathar; Devon Anderson, Chloe and Bowen Perez; Paisley, Hadley and Eli Peterson; sisters: Verna Vogt of Livermore, CA, Jean Thomas of Oakland, Elva Barnett of Pocahontas, IA; brothers, Ralph Morgan of Nevada, IA, Max Morgan of Walthill, NE, Jackie Morgan of Onawa, IA and Jary Morgan of Omaha.

Visitation is Mon., March 28th from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Pelan Funeral Services in Oakland.Family will be receiving friends during this time.

A Celebration of Life will be held Tues., March 29th at 11:00 a.m. at Salem Covenant Church in rural Oakland.

A private family burial will be held at the Oakland Cemetery.

Memorials suggested to the family for designation at a later time.

Iva Anderson

Iva Anderson

Pheasants Forever Chapter Reorganizing


The Burt County Chapter of Pheasants Forever will reorganize for 2016 on Thursday, March 31, 6:00 p.m., at Way North Bar & Grill (formerly Cy’s Place) on the north side of Summit Lake. Anyone interested in joining the #1 Habitat Organization in the country is welcome to join.

Our main projects through the year are supporting youth shooting programs (trap teams, 4-H shooting sports), improving habitat for wildlife, we own and rent out a no-till drill for establishing habitat, provide a scholarship for a senior from each school in the county, youth and adult education, sponsoring a Youth Mentor Hunt for kids that might not otherwise get to go hunting… and putting on our annual banquet so we can afford to do all of the other things!

If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, please join us for our first meeting of the year on Thursday evening at Way North!

Happenings at Oakland Heights


Oakland Heights News by Jill Brink

It is so nice to have winter behind us and a new season just beginning. Winners of the door prize drawing from the Easter Bazaar were: Mary Donovan, Mary Cater, Bev Peterson and Dee Knobbe.

Activities for this week are: Reading with Marilyn, manicures, Communion with First Lutheran, Catholic Mass, sing a long, game day, Bingo with staff, care plans, coffee and conversation, Bible Fellowship, local paper, Maundy Thursday Church Service, Let’s Play Ball, crafty cooking, Good Friday Church Service, video, birthday cake for Delwin Benne, Lawrence Welk, Easter Brunch and Church Service with Evangelical Free Church.

Volunteers signing in last week were: Betty Hanna, Judy Nelson, Seth Anderson, Mary Donovan, Anne Anderson, Dani Moseman, Sly Rouse, Nadine Anderson, Lola Bridgeford.

Guests signing in last week were: Mary and Ron Plageman to see Dorothy Larson and Jane Neitzke to see Wilma Nitzke.

 

Iva D. Anderson, 89, of Oakland NE


Iva D. Anderson, 89 years, of Oakland, Nebraska passed away on Thursday, March 24, 2016 at Oakland Mercy Hospital.

Funeral services are pending with Pelan Funeral Services Oakland.

Mavis A. Jensen, 81, of Oakland NE


Mavis A. Jensen, 81 years, of Oakland, Nebraska passed away Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at Oakland Heights Nursing Home.

A Memorial Visitation will be held Sat., April 2nd from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at Pelan Funeral Services in Oakland. A private family service will be held.

Mavis Jensen

Mavis Jensen

 

School Closings and Late Starts


Lyons-Decatur Northeast School is closed today due to the weather.

Oakland-Craig School has a 2 hour late start.

Bancroft-Rosalie School has a 2 hour late start.

Pender School starts at 10:00 a.m.

Mavis A. Jensen, 81, of Oakland NE


Mavis A. Jensen, 81 years, of Oakland, Nebraska passed away Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at Oakland Heights Nursing Home.

Memorial services are pending with Pelan Funeral Services Oakland.

Winter Weather Advisory


WINTER STORM IMPACTING NORTHEAST NEBRASKA AND WEST CENTRAL
IOWA...

.A STRONG SPRING LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM MOVING THROUGH THE PLAINS
TODAY WILL BRING WIDESPREAD SNOWS AND STRONG WINDS TO MUCH OF
WESTERN AND NORTHEAST NEBRASKA AS WELL AS SOUTH DAKOTA...EXTENDING
EAST THROUGH NORTHERN IOWA AND SOUTHERN MINNESOTA. SNOWFALL IS
EXPECTED TO BE HIGHEST FROM WESTERN NEBRASKA ACROSS THE SOUTH
DAKOTA AND NEBRASKA BORDER AND ON INTO NORTHERN IOWA. STRONG NORTH
WINDS OF 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 50 MPH WILL ALSO AFFECT MUCH
OF THE REGION.

IAZ043-NEZ015-018-030>034-042-240100-
/O.CON.KOAX.WW.Y.0007.160324T0000Z-160324T0900Z/
MONONA-THURSTON-WAYNE-BOONE-MADISON-STANTON-CUMING-BURT-PLATTE-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...ONAWA...MAPLETON...PENDER...MACY...

WALTHILL...WINNEBAGO...WAYNE...ALBION...ST. EDWARD...NORFOLK...

STANTON...WEST POINT...WISNER...TEKAMAH...OAKLAND...LYONS...

DECATUR...COLUMBUS
1159 AM CDT WED MAR 23 2016

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM THIS
EVENING TO 4 AM CDT THURSDAY...

* TIMING...RAIN DURING THE AFTERNOON IS FORECAST TO MIX WITH SLEET
AND SNOW BY LATE AFTERNOON...THEN CHANGE TO ALL SNOW THIS
EVENING. A PERIOD OF HEAVY SNOW IS POSSIBLE DURING THE EVENING
AS WELL. THEN THE SNOW WILL BEGIN TO TAPER A BIT BY MIDNIGHT
BEFORE ENDING BY SUNRISE THURSDAY.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...2 TO 5 INCHES OF SNOW ARE POSSIBLE.

* MAIN IMPACT...SOME TREE DAMAGE AND POWER OUTAGES DUE TO THE WET
SNOW AND STRONG NORTH WINDS OF 25 TO 35 MPH. TRAVEL IS ALSO
EXPECTED TO BECOME HAZARDOUS AS ROADWAYS BECOME SLUSHY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW AND STRONG
WINDS WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY
ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES.
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