Greetings District 36. We are now over halfway through this Legislative session. Committees have concluded their hearings and on March 3, full day debate of bills will begin on the floor. The Legislature convenes at 9 a.m. every morning, breaks for lunch around noon, and reconvenes again at 1:30 p.m. Typically, debate ends at 5:00 p.m. but it can sometimes go as late as 11:59 p.m. if necessary.

During the course of the legislative session we are pleased to host many groups and individuals at the capitol. These visits give us the opportunity to hear from constituents about their questions or concerns for their particular industry or business. Many of these visits are timed with the introduction of a bill or a committee hearing on proposed legislation.

So far this session, we have been visited in Lincoln by representatives from county and city government, local area chambers of commerce and development organizations, members of the State Chamber Leadership class, local pharmacists, local optometrists, county sheriffs, local FFA members, representatives from several Natural Resource Districts, members of the current LEAD class, directors of Dawson and Custer Public Power, local realtors, representatives of our before school and after school programs, and our local providers of Extension services though the University of Nebraska. This list is not all inclusive but you get the idea that as your senator I’m available whenever possible.

Each of these groups or individuals come with a concern or question. It’s our responsibility to research issues and explain the legislative process to help find solutions. This all gets fit into an already busy day of handling the normal legislative duties of debate and committee hearings. I want to thank my staff for making this possible. Peg, Natalie, and Aaron work very hard to schedule appointments and research questions for constituents. It’s a very important part of the job.

Each of you has an open invitation to visit us at the capitol.

Good luck to the district’s basketball teams competing in sub-districts and a special congratulations to the many wrestlers from the district who placed at the State Wrestling Tournament: Chase Pawloski, Jesse Drahota, Cyrus Wells, Connor Wells, Andrew Burnett, Blake Racicky, Hunter Arehart, Kolby Larson, Casey Faulkenberry, Lathan Duda, Ivan Lazo, Brady Fago, Kien Martin, and Logan Peterson. District 36 is proud of you!

As always, feel free to contact me anytime at (402) 471-2642 or mwilliams@leg.ne.gov. Thanks again for your continued support.

Matt