Senator Joni Albrecht Updates District 17

HOSKINS – The senator noted that the 2020 and 2019 legislative sessions were busy ones. This was due to the 2019 flooding and the 2020 pandemic. The legislature passed 389 bills during these two years. Since other bills were amended into those 389 bills, there were actually 579 bills passed. Over the course of two years 1,222 bills were introduced, along with 477 resolutions and 17 Constitutional Amendments.

Joni Albrecht stated that she is looking at constituent requests at this time. This will give her ideas for proposed legislation toward the 2021 legislative session.

Schools are opening back up. Albrecht mentioned that there might be some ‘bumps’ along the way. Overall, the kids need to be back in school.

The state is moving into Phase 4 of reopening on September 14. This will remove certain sections of the Directed Health Measures (DHM). Bars, restaurants, childcare facilities, churches, gyms, salons and barber shops, massage therapists, sports, wedding and funeral receptions are all removed from the DHM’s. Indoor gatherings are limited to 75% capacity. Outdoor gatherings can have full capacity. Both types of gatherings need to follow social distancing recommendations. Venues with a capacity of 500 to 1,000 people must present a re-opening plan through the local Health Department. The healthcare system has plenty of room to accommodate people who need medical attention.

Only $638,300 out of $2.2 million have been recovered in Nebraska counties from the declared FEMA disaster. The grants are available through the Community Facilities Program at www.usda.gov.

Funds can be used for non-disaster projects, such as emergency vehicles and community facilities.

Eligible applicants include municipalities, public bodies, non-profit organizations, and federally recognized Native American tribes. Dakota, Thurston, and Wayne counties are all eligible counties.

Expect Medicaid and referendum information in Albrecht’s next newsletter.

Senator Joni Albrecht invited the people of District 17 to share their thoughts with her by calling her office at 402-471-2716, or by email at jalbrecht@leg.ne.gov.

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