District 17 State Senator Provides Weekly Update

WAYNE – Veterans Day is less than a week away and Nebraska State Senator Joni Albrecht highlighted this opportunity to celebrate our Veterans along with committee hearings and a Nebraska Supreme Court event she recently attended.

Senator Albrecht represents District 17 in Dakota, Thurston and Wayne counties.

According to the her weekly update released in early November, she stated Veterans Day in the United States began in 1921 in a memorial involving burial of an unknown World War I American soldier in Arlington National Ceremony.

November 11 marked the end of World War I and after officially receiving its name through Congressional resolution, “Armistice Day” became a national holiday by similar Congressional action. The date was then changed in 1954 to honor all veterans as congress passed the bill that President Eisenhower signed proclaiming November 11 as Veterans Day.

Senator Albrecht would like to extend her personal and most heartfelt appreciation to all who have served and who continue to serve. She will be attending the Veterans Day celebration in South Sioux City next Monday.

In late October, the Legislature’s Urban Affairs Committee held their public hearings. These hearings were apart of its inquiry into the regulation of solar energy and cross-border issues and/or concerns for municipalities sharing a border with other states. The committee also held hearings in other parts of the state and Senator Albrecht appreciates the committee offering the opportunity for participation by those municipalities sharing borders in the northeast part of the state.

The District 17 Senator also attended oral arguments in front of the Nebraska Supreme Court form the South Sioux City Middle School Auditorium last Friday. The Court regularly holds oral arguments at high schools and law schools throughout the state as part of an effort by the court and the legal community to raise awareness of the processes and importance of the court’s role in our state and society.  Afterwards the court took questions from attendees about their processes in scheduling, hearing and deciding cases before it.

LB 994 created the Rural Broadband Task Force during the 2018 Legislative session and this past Friday the group released their report and recommendations. Discussion will continue at the Transportation and Telecommunications Committee hearing in Lincoln on LR 166 at 1 p.m. on December 4. Rural broadband has been a priority for Senator Albrecht with discussions and various meetings taking place during the last session and over the interim.

Contact Senator Joni Albrecht with any questions or concerns by calling 402-471-2716 or emailing jalbrecht@leg.ne.gov.