LINCOLN – This year’s welcome back to state legislature will change. The senator’s families will be able to watch the proceedings, but they must stay in the balconies. Additionally, senators will be socially distanced.
What remains the same are the elections of Officers, Speaker of the Legislature, and Committee chairpersons. Senators can introduce bills until January 20, 2021.
A 2-year budget, re-districting following the 2020 Census, and law enforcement bills will be the hot topics for this year’s legislative session.
Albrecht plans to introduce four bills this session. Senator Albrecht will introduce the First Responder and Public Safety Bill. The bill would enact criminal violations for rioting, violence toward law enforcement, and blocking public roads.
Next, she plans to introduce the Erin’s Law bill, which helps educate K-5 students and teachers about age-appropriate child sexual abuse prevention. This bill is already in-place for 37 states.
The Human Trafficking and Child Exploitation Prevention Act will be proposed by the senator. Filtering devices from child pornographic sites and other X-rated material is the main action item of this bill.
The final bill to be proposed by the senator is the Public Comment at Open Meetings bill. This would allow the public to comment in any meeting that is subject to the Nebraska Open Meetings Act. Any of these bills will be subject to amendment throughout the democratic process.
Looking at the COVID-19 situation in Nebraska, the hospital bed situation remains stable. There are 36 percent of patient beds available. ICU beds have 36 percent availability, while 76 percent of ventilators are not in use.
Furthermore, stimulus checks are being distributed. Small businesses can apply to receive funding at www.sba.gov.
Senator Joni Albrecht encouraged her constituents to share their thoughts and questions with her by email at email@example.com, or by calling her office at 402-471-2716.