Senator Joni Albrecht Updates District 17 About Next Legislative Session, Much More

WAYNE – Senator Joni Albrecht mentioned that discussions are in the works as to how the legislature will re-convene in January. Every bill proposed must go through a public meeting. These hearings must be made safe for the public to attend.

The senator was in meetings with the Transportation and Telecommunications Committee. They deliberated plans to get Northeast Nebraska on the new 911 service system. The system should be completed by 2021.

Governor Pete Ricketts conducted a few pandemic press briefings last week. Ricketts cautioned Nebraskans to be careful while gathering for the holidays. Additionally, he updated the hospital bed availability numbers for Nebraska. There are 32 percent of hospital beds available. ICU beds have 30 percent capacity remaining, while 68 percent of ventilators are available.

University of Nebraska President Ted Carter joined the Governor last week for a media conference. Carter noted that while some universities reported a reduction in enrollment this fall, the University saw an increase by one percent in total enrollment. The University used in-person, online, and for many classes, a combination of the two learning styles.

In the coming weeks, leaders from Wayne State College and Northeast Community College will talk about the status of their campuses. The Governor’s Coronavirus press briefings can be viewed live on NET TV and recaps can be read on

Below are the COVID-19 numbers for District 17 for the week of November 28 through December 4. Dakota County saw 175 new cases. There were 31 cases in Thurston County for that period, and Wayne County had 36 new positives.

Looking ahead to the next legislative session, Albrecht noted that she is in discussions with representatives from the Nebraska Ethanol Board and Renewable Fuels Nebraska regarding increasing ethanol production within Nebraska.

The senator encouraged the people of District 17 to reach out to her by email at, or by calling her office at 402-471-2716.