District 17 Senator Albrecht Weekly Update, LB1186 Passed First Reading

WAYNE – In a most recent weekly update from a northeast Nebraska Senator, Joni Albrecht stated her office will keep moving forward as they continue to try and accomplish goals set for the betterment of District 17 as well as all of Nebraska.

According to a release from the office of Senator Albrecht, her priority bill (LB1186) passed its first reading. Together, Senator Mike Hilgers (District 21) and Albrecht expressed the importance of making sure teachers are taken care of.

The bill will fill in a pay gap for teachers and staff who are injured by an assault while on the job. Currently, teachers who are assaulted and are unable to work due to injuries from that assault are not paid injury leave to compensate them during the first seven days that is not covered by workers’ compensation when those benefits kick in.

Senator Albrecht was also delighted to have family visit the State Capitol last week. Scott and Lisa Albrecht from Thurston, Laura Fischer from Scribner and Andrea Diehm from South Dakota were welcomed to the chamber by Speaker Jim Scheer (District 19) as were their children Isaac, Ben, Evelyn, Keegan, Kylie and Kessler. Make the Capitol as one of your stops if visiting Lincoln. Senator Albrecht would enjoy seeing her constituents and can introduce attendees to the Legislature.

An upcoming event in the District 17 area will include representatives of the United States Army Corps of Engineers attending Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center (300 Third St.) in Sioux City, Iowa to answer questions from the public. The conversation, scheduled for Thursday, April 9 at 11 a.m., will likely include the Corps’ action to cut water release in certain areas because of melting snow downstream.

Senator Albrecht will also continue to work towards the passage of property tax relief provided by LB974. There is great resistance from large schools as the bill seeks to make sure that every property owner gets some relief and that every public school, including those in rural Nebraska, receives funding for every pupil being served by that school.

Under LB974, there is a three tier, three-year plan for reducing property taxes on agricultural land, commercial property and residential property, while at the same time reducing public school reliance on property taxes. Additionally, District 17 schools stand to leave over $12 million dollars on the table as larger and louder school districts protect their taxing authority.

Contact the District 17 office by phone at 402-471-2716 or by email at jalbrecht@leg.ne.gov if you have any questions.