Weekly Update From District 17 Senator Joni Albrecht

WAYNE – Even with the physical office at the State Capitol closed, staff members and District 17 Senator Joni Albrecht have been hard at work remote from their homes.

According to a weekly release from the office of Senator Albrecht, she recently assessed the current status, answered questions and found answers for many individuals and agencies all throughout District 17.

In her findings, Senator Albrecht is pleased to report that she has found communities to be compliant with safety guidelines and coming together to creatively socialize even while observing social distancing.

Some example of creativity can be found in the emergence of the “Corona Cruise”, in Wayne and Dakota counties, where residents exercising social-distancing while driving their neighborhoods and waving at neighbors. Additionally, in Pender, the residents have gone out onto their driveways to recite the Pledge of Allegiance together at 9:00 a.m.

Senator Albrecht and her administrative assistant have visited all three counties in the district (Dakota, Thursday and Wayne) to listen to concerns and needs and to discuss the President and the Governor’s directives. The duo also discussed local efforts including school closings, social distancing, meeting size limitations, feeding programs for school age children and more concerning COVID 19.

Also, because of the delays and uncertainties of dates, when the Legislative Session does reconvene, senators would meet for six days straight for two weeks before finishing off the 17 days remaining for the session the following week.

The office of Senator Albrecht is preparing to hear a large number of bills in a fairly short time. One of the primary debates Senator Albrecht expects to have upon return is property tax relief.

Earlier in the session, LB974 was introduced and had first round debate. Since that debate, Senator Lou Ann Linehan (District 39) and members of the Revenue Committee have been working with schools, governing bodies and other Senators to make changes that are acceptable to them while still moving forward with the primary goal of property tax relief for landowners across the state. The result of that work has taken the form of LB1106, which incorporates LB974 and the changes.

Contact Senator Albrecht with any thoughts, ideas, concerns or suggestions by calling 402-471-2716 or emailing jalbrecht@leg.ne.gov.