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This week marked the final week of hearings for over 800 bills introduced in the 108th Legislature. I completed this phase of the session by presenting two bills before the Appropriations … more
In 2006, musical artist Mark Schultz released a song called “Broken and Beautiful.” The song describes that we are all broken. We have broken parts within our hearts, in our relationships … more
After Alfie's passing, when I arrived home from the vet, I started walking along our usual route through the park. I just had to keep moving, I could not be still. My heartbreak and anguish after … more
The only bill of mine that was referred to the Revenue Committee was heard last week without opposition. LB 529 made changes to what many call “the postcard bill.” In September of last … more
The "new kid on the block" in the world of astronomy is NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST).  This new, $10 billion, space observatory, was launched in December of 2021, and is the … more
Corn (also called maize), like wheat and rice, is a grass that has become highly modified by artificial selection and recent genetic technology.  We use the seeds or "grains" for a variety of … more
We were finally able to engage in substantive debate last week with conversations surrounding LB 77. This bill would help Nebraska join 25 other states in allowing its citizens to carry a concealed … more
I am reading a new diet book. (The authors would scold me hearing I used the word "diet." They prefertheir readers get away from using this word due to its often negative connotations.) The … more
I was thankful for the opportunity to present LB 42 to the Judiciary Committee last week as I work to narrow and clarify the definition of "neglect." If we look at the reports of suspected abuse … more
Spiders are easily recognized by the four pairs of seven-segmented legs.  There are more than 35,000 named species worldwide, including more than 3,000 in North America. However, there are … more
In today's world, plastic is found everywhere and tons of it is produced every year.  It is cheap, versatile, easy to synthesize and can be molded into an almost unlimited variety of shapes … more
While weather last week cancelled events and caused snow days across the state, the business at the Nebraska State Legislature continued as normal. I had one bill up for a hearing that was heard … more
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