Hearing for three bills

February 19, 2019

The opportunity to serve Nebraska on a statewide board or commission is an important role I encourage everyone to consider. These boards and commissions cover a range of fields, such as the advisory committee on aging, children’s commission and judicial. Those interested professionals from that field and others having working knowledge of how rules and regulations may affect the professions and the consumers it serves will find a list and description of each board or commission by visiting https://governor.nebraska.gov/board-comm-req. Being involved makes a difference please apply.

This next week, on Feb. 26, I have hearings for three bills in the Transportation and Telecommunications Committee: LB325, LB366, and LB698. LB698, in particular, is of great interest to the district as it is the load securement bill regarding commercial trucks and trailers losing trash out of their loads. Across the state, many residents have voiced concerns about debris falling from trucks and trailers creating unsafe road conditions and polluting our land. Twice a year, I participate in roadside cleanup to clean the debris that has fallen from trucks along Highway 92. This bill looks to change and update the load provisions and penalties such that no person shall drive or move a commercial motor vehicle or trailer upon any highway unless the cargo or contents carried are properly distributed and adequately secured to prevent the falling of cargo or contents from the vehicle.

NE Action For Healthy Kids is now providing new school grants available to Nebraska schools in the 2019-2020 year to increase physical education activities, improve nutrition initiatives, or expand breakfast participation. The grants being offered are the Game On grant, school breakfast grant and the parent-led grant. To learn more about upcoming webinars and grant applications visit their website, the deadline is April 5.

Finally, LB511 is a bill I have cosponsored a bill brought to the legislature for Mentor Nebraska. This bill was heard in committee on Feb. 14 and I had the opportunity to attend a luncheon before the hearing with Dr. Tom Osborne, the bill’s sponsor Sen. Tom Brewer and fellow cosponsors of the bill. Osborne explained the importance of mentoring programs and the need for more youth mentors. Mentor Nebraska’s mission is to fuel the quality and quantity of mentoring relationships, strengthen collaboration and advocate for mentoring. LB511 would allow state employees to request an adjusted work schedule of up to one hour a week to participate in an approved youth mentoring program.

I appreciate hearing from constituents on issues affecting District 23 and encourage you to contact my office on legislation at 402-471-2719 or bbostelman@leg.ne.gov.

Bruce Bostelman is the District 23 senator for the State of Nebraska.