Senator Albrecht’s Weekly Update

Senator Albrecht’s Weekly Update
October 23rd, 2021 | Office of State Senator Joni Albrecht

107TH LEGISLATURE INTERIM

Happy Halloween! What a fun time to watch our children choose a costume and trick or treating. Keep a watchful eye on the little one as we go out to celebrate another Fall tradition. Nebraskans are fortunate to live in a state where we have spectacular sunrises and sunsets. We have a
Harvest Moon that our hard working farmers can use as both inspiration and as a guide to bring in yet another bountiful harvest that helps feed the world. We are loyal to our traditions that have existed for generations and finally, we as Nebraskans know that ours is a way paved with the
blood, sweat and tears of our forefathers who knew the difference between right and wrong and were never afraid to say so. This year has shown me that I am representing the finest people in this republic and I am thankful.

THANK YOU BEVERLY

Many of you know Beverly Neel who has faithfully served as the Administrative Assistant in the District 17 Legislative office for the last ten years. Beverly is the person who would answer the phone when you called and faithfully helped constituents with any type of question. She came to Lincoln during Senator Bloomfield’s term in December of 2010. Of the many things she did to make a significant difference during her time at the Capitol, Beverly was instrumental in making the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance a daily practice in the Nebraska Legislature. This week Beverly retired from her work here in Lincoln and was awarded for her excellence in service by the State. Beverly will be greatly missed by everyone in the Legislature and most importantly in our office. I wish you the best Beverly in your next season of life.

VACCINE MANDATES
I am continuing to work with a number of my colleagues to secure a Special Session to address vaccine mandates being put in place by the Federal government. After reaching out to the Department of Labor, I was informed that there are no details as of yet to how the President’s
statements directed toward employers with over 100 employees facing potential fines of $14000 for non-compliance. I will keep you posted with the latest developments. We are hearing from many people everyday with personal stories and concerns if this moves forward.

CONGRESSMAN SMITH

Congressman Adrian Smith will be sending a representative from his office to our area next week to hear any thoughts or concerns we may have as his District 3 residents. Now
encompasses all of District 17- if you have any questions related to the Federal delegation make time to attend one of these two events.
Thursday, October 28
Wayne Area Economic Development – The Max
109 Main Street, Wayne
11:30am – 12:45pm CT
South Sioux City, City Hall
1615 1st Avenue, South Sioux City
1:30pm – 2:30pm CT

LEGISLATIVE SUMMIT

This week the Nebraska Chamber hosted a Manufacturing Summit where my staff had the opportunity to take part in a unique opportunity to connect with Nebraska manufacturers as well as state and national industry speakers. The purpose was to exchange ideas and information and identify emerging trends. Covid has greatly impacted manufacturing at home and around the world. Much of the discussion centered around how to assist with a suffering global supply chain and low numbers in the workforce. It was encouraging to see how well Nebraska ranks in comparison to other states with the 4th lowest unemployment rate in the county. Governor Ricketts also shared that several both in-state and national companies are expanding significantly at their Nebraska locations, adding many attractive jobs to the state.

CONGRATULATIONS SHERYL TIETZ

District 17’s own Sheryl Tietz from Jesus Our Savior Lutheran Preschool in Bancroft was awarded Early Childhood Educator of the Year. Mrs.Tietz is special to our family because our three grandchildren; Isaac, Ben and Evelyn have all been blessed by her love and kindness and dedication. Thank you for your service Mrs. Tietz, you are making a difference. District 17 is better because you are here!

I always enjoy hearing from you. If you have any comments or concerns, please contact me at 402-471-2716 or jalbrecht@leg.ne.gov.

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