Monday, February 23, 2015

Fillmore County Odego Class Update

Bottom row-Marsha Jorgensen, Vern Kendall, Wade Walters


Fillmore County Leadership Class Views State Government

The 2014-2015 Odegeo...Leadership for Fillmore County class traveled to the Lincoln on February 15, 2015 to the State Capitol to learn more about the Unicameral and the issues in the Legislature.

The Leadership group began their day with Chief Justice Heavican presenting information about the Nebraska court system in the Supreme Court courtroom.  Next Kate Heltzel from the Unicameral Information Office gave an over of the unicameral. 

Governor Ricketts then spoke to the group about 20 minutes and talked about many things he had presented in this “State to the State” address.  He also answered questions from the class members.  

The group observed the Legislature when LB111 about requiring voter identification was presented and debated. Several different Senators spoke about the bill.  LB207 which changed provisions relating to civil penalties under the Nebraska Chemigation Act was passed while the group from Fillmore County was observing the Legislative body.

Senator Ebke then joined us for lunch at the Capitol.  She told us her first impressions of being a Nebraska Senator and talked about the committees on which she serves.  After lunch, Larry Dix, a lobbyist for the Nebraska Association of County Officials (NACO), presented information about the role of a lobbyist in the Nebraska Unicameral.

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