Senator Joni Albrecht Updates District 17

LINCOLN – Albrecht reflected upon the events of 9/11. She was reminded of all the terrifying images and difficult emotions that were felt on that day. The senator was in attendance for the 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony at the Fire Hall in Dakota City. She was grateful to attend the event and she thanked the Freedom Park Committee for investing in the ceremony.

It is disappointing that there has been rioting and chaos these last few months. Albrecht was especially upset that these acts were in protest of the heroic people that answered the call on 9/11.

Nebraska is not exempt from violence, specifically in Omaha and Lincoln. Law enforcement have been degraded at these gatherings. Albrecht emphasized that this display of “hateful lawlessness” has no place in America. With that in mind, she has been working on legislation called the “First Responder and Public Protection Act.”

Senator Albrecht supports teachers as well as law enforcement. Her priority bill, LB1186 passed. This requires school districts to compensate teachers for injuries caused by students. Another bill to help protect teachers, was LB147. This bill did not pass. It would have allowed teachers to intervene when a student is out of control. Additionally, it would have provided training on how to intervene.

All counties within District 17 moved toward Phase 4 of the state’s reopening plan. Restrictions are removed in Phase 4. However, bars and restaurants have guidance that is still recommended to follow. The same can be said for childcare facilities, churches, gyms, salons, tattoo parlors, and wedding and funeral venues.

Indoor gatherings are limited to 75% capacity, while outdoor gatherings can have 100% rated occupancy. Social distancing still applies. Also, plans to reopen or to expand to capacity must go through local health departments. This includes events with 500 or more people indoors and outdoors.

Northeast Community College broke ground on the NEXUS Ag Facilities Project in Norfolk. The project includes a new veterinary technology clinic, classrooms, and a large farm animal handling facility.

On Friday, September 18, ACE Hardware on Dearborn Street in Wayne will hold their Grand Opening. Governor Ricketts and the senator will be in attendance and the Governor will have some remarks prepared.

There was beautiful weather last Saturday for the 40th Annual Wayne Chicken Show. The event was hosted by Wayne Area Economic Development (WAED). The 40th edition of the show was held at the Wayne County Fairgrounds. Albrecht noted that it was great to see all the enticing and entertaining performances throughout the day.

Senator Joni Albrecht encouraged her constituents to share their ideas with her by email at or by calling her office at 402-471-2716.