State Senator Engagement Has Commenced!
Dave Varner, NACEB Advisor
Thanks to all who have engaged your local state senator(s) over the past couple months. The feedback from these conversations has been very insightful and helpful as we embark on the 2019 Nebraska Unicameral session! Included in this newsletter edition is a summary of the conversation with Senator Hughes in November shared by NACEB Director and Treasurer Jo Bek.
We are excited to launch a new format for the NACEB Legislative Day event in February. The event agenda is available here. The expectation is that Extension Board Members and NACEB Directors will engage ALL state senators on February 13 either at 8:30, during the morning session (9:00 – 12:00) if possible, or at 1:00. Please contact your senator(s) starting Wednesday to schedule a 30-minute meeting on February 13.
This year’s NACEB Legislative day intentionally coincides with the University of Nebraska Sesquicentennial weeklong celebration in February. Imagine NACEB members filling the north balcony of Warner Chamber to be recognized on February 13—A fitting tribute to the 150th anniversary of the people’s university! Our goal is to have representation from all 93 counties present. Learn more about the celebration at https://n150.unl.edu/
Notice that the NACEB Legislative Day actually begins the evening of February 12 for those who are in Lincoln then. Heath Mello, NU’s associate vice president of university affairs and director of state relations and Michelle Waite, assistant to the chancellor for government and military relations will share their insights regarding Effective Senator Engagement—Informing and Educating. This briefing will be offered via Zoom for those who cannot attend in person.
Also note that due to extensive construction underway in the capitol the NACEB staging and check-in area is in the Blue Cross/Blue Shield office building at 1233 Lincoln Mall, 1 block west of Capitol, SW corner of Lincoln Mall and 13th street intersection. Check-in at the NACEB staging room at least 30 minutes prior to the meeting time with your senator(s).
NACEB Legislative Day Checklist:
- Register for NACEB Legislative Day by February 1 (see details below).
- Reserve lodging as required (room block is guaranteed through January 18).
- Schedule a meeting time with your senator(s). Coordinate with your Unit Leader.
- Send Linda Tempel the meeting time that you have confirmed with your senator(s).
Thanks again for all that you do to support Nebraska Extension!