Mr. Snowman on Main
We saw this lonely fella taking a break on one of the benches downtown Plattsmouth. Emmalynn just HAD to have her picture taken with Mr. Snowman!
As many of you know, the Primary Election is just around the corner.
The Primary Election is May 15, 2012.
If you need to get registered to vote, or need to update your voter registration (CLICK HERE)
The Election Office, now located at 201 Main Street, is now accepting Early Voting Applications for the upcoming Primary Election. These can be obtained by a number of ways.
- You could take a trip to downtown Plattsmouth, and visit the new office. While there you can fill out your request.
- You could call 402-296-9309 and request a form to be mailed to you.
- Lastly, you can visit the Cass County Website and download a form. (CLICK HERE)
There are also a few filing deadlines that will be here before we know it!
- Incumbent Filing Deadline (which is ANY elective office holder)
- February 15, 2012
- February 15, 2012
- Non-Incumbent FIling Deadline
- March 1, 2012
To see a FULL listing of filed candidates, visit the Cass County Election webpage. (CLICK HERE)
For Immediate Release: Senator Lambert's Bills for the 2012 Legislative Session
The deadline for bill introduction this year was January 19. A total of 468 new bills and six constitutional amendments were introduced.
The bills I introduced were brought to me by different people for different reasons. LB 948 was brought to me by elected officials in our district. The bill would add “electronic communication device” as an additional way in which a person could commit the offense of intimidation with intent to terrify, intimidate, threaten, harass, annoy or offend. County attorneys recently had cases involving intimidation that occurred, when individuals sent threatening text messages. It was felt that amending the “Intimidation by Telephone Call” statute to reflect modern means of communication would be the best way to continue the recent commitment of the legislature to keep Nebraska's laws up-to-date. LB 948 would also change the penalty for this crime from a Class III to a Class I misdemeanor.
The League of Nebraska Municipalities represents the interests of member cities and villages to preserve local control and empower officials to shape the destiny of their community and improve the quality of life of their citizens. When I was mayor of Plattsmouth, I worked closely with the League's legislative committee. As your state senator, one of my goals is to keep our communities and small towns vibrant, growing and great places to live.
I introduced LB 979 on behalf of the communities in our District and the League of Nebraska Municipalities. The bill would offer a solution to a situation that exists in Plattsmouth and may be found in other Nebraska communities. Pickle cards are an important fund raising tool used by volunteer fire and rescue squads. LB 979 would change the pickle card license law as it relates to volunteer fire companies or volunteer first-aid, rescue, ambulance, or emergency squads. Under current law, a nonprofit corporation, or a volunteer fire company or volunteer first-aid, rescue, ambulance, or emergency squad may apply for a license to sell pickle cards. A nonprofit corporation must be in existence for five years to be eligible for this kind of license. LB 979 would provide that a nonprofit corporation that supports a volunteer fire company or volunteer first-aid, rescue, ambulance, or emergency squad is eligible for the pickle card license immediately and does not have to wait five years for a license. Recent changes in government accounting rules require that funds raised by volunteer firefighters, using a city’s federal ID number, are city funds and not under the control of the volunteers. Cities are prohibited from donating public funds to nonprofit corporations. Because the volunteers raise the funds, they should control how the funds are used to support the fire department. Volunteer firefighter associations are now organizing in ways that keep their finances separate from the municipality or fire district. LB 979 would create an improved way to collect and mange pickle card proceeds for volunteer organizations that serve the emergency needs of many communities.
I offered LB 794 at the request of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). State agencies often ask new senators to carry basic, technical bills that support the agencies' abilities to perform their duties. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) recently added authority over two materials to its definition of by-products. These materials were previously only regulated by states, including Nebraska. Because Nebraska is a NRC Agreement State, we are now required to define terms so they match those of the NRC. Since the NRC changed its definition, we must do so, as well. LB 794 would allow DHHS to add the new definitions to our state statutes. LB 794 would not have an effect on whom or what is regulated. Nebraska would continue to regulate by-products in the same way that it has always been done. The Health and Human Services Committee, on which I serve, advanced the bill for debate by the full legislature.
I am the primary introducer of six legislative bills this year. Next week I will discuss the other three bills and update you on our other legislative actions.
I am always interested in hearing your comments by mail, phone or email.
Senator Paul Lambert
State Capitol, PO Box 94604
Lincoln, NE 68509
Greenblatt & Seay's Schoolhouse Performance Series features a concert of Irish music on Sunday, March 11, at 2:30 PM. Greenblatt & Seay & Friends will be singing and playing a variety of instruments, including fiddle, pennywhistle, guitar, hammered dulcimer, and banjo. Traditional Irish tunes will be featured, along with some Greenblatt & Seay originals inspired by the great Irish traditions.
Greenblatt & Seay have been playing and singing together since the night they met, decades ago. Their performance on March 11 will include the championship fiddling styles of Deborah Greenblatt, and the fancy whistle-playing of David Seay.
The historic Old Avoca Schoolhouse was built in 1925, and has been the home of the Schoolhouse Performance Series since 1990. Music lessons, workshops, fiddle camps, and field trips are offered by Schoolhouse residents, Greenblatt & Seay, and are available by appointment.
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