Senator Joni Albrecht’s Weekly Update For District 17

LINCOLN – The senator wanted to wish every farmer a bountiful harvest. She warned drivers to be on the lookout this fall for slow-moving vehicles like farm equipment and school buses.

Albrecht congratulated Darren Wolfe of Macy for his appointment to the Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs. The Governor appointed Mr. Wolfe. The Commission serves as a liaison between the four headquarter tribes in Nebraska. Those tribes are Omaha, Ponca, Santee Sioux, and Winnebago. There are 14 Commissioners appointed by the Governor and four ex-officio members representing the Pawnee, Ogallala Sioux, Ioway, Sac and Fox.

On Thursday, September 24, Governor Ricketts signed LB450 into law. This bill increases tuition credit for those in the National Guard. It was changed from 75% resident tuition to 100% resident tuition. The bill changed tuition credit to 50% for graduate and professional degrees.

On this Sunday, October 4, the senator will attend a memorial service in Dakota City. They will be paying tribute to fallen firefighters in 2019. Dakota City will be recognizing three lost firefighters of their own from 2016. Those three people are Captain Andrew Zaime, Captain Erin Speck, and Firefighter Lowell E. Satterwhite Sr. The public is invited to attend.

Albrecht addressed the number of new COVID-19 cases in District 17. These numbers include new positives from September 18 to September 24. Dakota County saw an increase by 48 new cases. Thurston had eight new cases in this period, while Wayne County reported 10 new positives.

The 107th legislative session is right around the corner. Once every two years, the Legislative Council must meet. The council is comprised of each member of the legislature. The council meeting aims to tackle big topics over the last two years, like COVID-19 budgeting. There will likely be a council meeting this year following the election.

The Legislative Page deadline is approaching. A Legislative Page is an assistant to the senators. Duties include running errands, photocopying materials, and delivering messages. This is a 20-hour per week job offered to Nebraska College students. Additionally, college credit is possible. The deadline for applications is this Friday, October 2, at 5 p.m. To apply, email to unicampages@leg.ne.gov for more information.

Following the 2020 census, the Legislature must undertake redistricting. This is where they draw district lines for Nebraska’s three United States Congressional representatives and the 49 state legislators. Albrecht is considering joining the Committee that puts these pieces together.

Senator Joni Albrecht encouraged her constituents to share their thoughts with her by email at jalbrecht@leg.ne.gov or by calling her office at 402-471-2716.

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