Legislative Spotlight – October 2014

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Most important during this election, is term limits in state government and the impact it will have on seniority, continuity and current and future legislation. 

17 Nebraska state senators are term limited this year; with a few senators running for office and possible appointments to key offices, we could potentially see 18-20 new senators in the Unicameral on January 7, 2015.  This also means that all key leadership positions in the legislature will change. In 2016, 14 senators will be term limited; in two years more than one-half of the legislature will be newly elected officials. 

The Governor is also term limited; which means a new governor, lieutenant governor and many department directors, (those which are appointed by the governor.) 

I’ve been in my current job for seven years; I believe you’ll agree with me that it takes about one year to learn the ropes of a new position. Imagine having to hit the ground running as you may have only one term, (two years as a state senator or four years as governor,) to get acclimated, know the key players, determine your priorities and affect change - whew!  

The Secretary of State’s website, http://www.sos.ne.gov/dyindex.html contains information on elections, candidates, polling places, etc. The Nebraska State Legislature website, http://www.nebraskalegislature.gov/ contains information for both the 2014 and 2015 sessions. This site is updated daily. 

The AAF Omaha Legislative Meet and Greet has been confirmed for Monday, March 9 at Billy’s Restaurant in Lincoln. Please mark your calendars now to join us and our state senators.

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Sheila O’Connor
AAF Omaha Board Member &
Legislative Issues Chair

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