Legislative Spotlight – September

Tammy_Williams_2015_cropContributed by Tammy Williams, AAF Omaha Board Member and Legislative Issues Chair

With the 2016 Nebraska Legislature still in recess, I wanted to share some information on from the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry, as well as a recap of the 2016 Nebraska Legislature while in session. The Nebraska Chamber focuses its efforts ensuring businesses have a voice in the legislative process, following issues and legislation in five key areas impacting Chamber members: taxes, job creation, labor law, economic development and workforce. The 2016 Results for Business report summarizes legislation the State Chamber supported, and those the Chamber opposed.

See the report here or visit https://www.nechamber.net/advocating-nebraska%E2%80%99s-business-community for more information about the Chamber’s mission, its advocacy, programs and events for Nebraska’s business community.

From the Events calendar, the Nebraska Chamber recently announced its Legislative Forums for Fall 2016. Highlights from this State Chamber news item listed below. For a complete copy of this item, see https://www.nechamber.net/nebraska-chamber-announces-legislative-forums-fall-2016.

For more than three decades, the State Chamber has conducted legislative forums in cooperation with local chambers across the state. The forums allow the Chamber to gather input from business leaders on issues of concern, while staff provides summaries of recent state legislation and reviews how Nebraska is performing in key areas of economic competitiveness.

This year’s State Chamber forums will include a review of:
• Important business-related bills in the 2016 session of the Nebraska Legislature;
• Issues awaiting the Legislature in 2017; and
• The latest state rankings in areas that are important to the business community.

Local and state Chamber of Commerce members, along with members of the news media, State senators and members of the Legislature, are invited to attend. For those interested in attending one of the upcoming Fall Forums are asked to contact their local Chambers of Commerce, contact information listed as follows:

Wednesday, Sept. 7
Wahoo (Lunch), noon
Heritage Inn
Contact: Doug Watts, (402) 443-4001

Thursday, Sept. 8
Hebron (Lunch), noon
Stastny Center
Contact: Chris Roth, (402) 365-7251

Tuesday, Sept. 20
Broken Bow (Breakfast), 7:30 a.m.
Bonfire Grill
Contact: Donnis Bullock, (308) 872-5691

Holdrege (Lunch), noon
Holdrege Country Club
Contact: Carol Rapstine, (308) 995-4444

Wednesday, Sept. 21
McCook (Breakfast), 7:30 a.m.
Weeth Theater, Tipton Hall, McCook Community College
Contact: Dee Spicer, (308) 345-3200

Gothenburg (Lunch), noon
Walker’s Steakhouse & Lounge
Contact: Heather Combs Platter, (308) 537-3505

Monday, Sept. 26
Blair (Lunch), noon
Memorial Community Hospital
Contact: Jordan Rishel, (402) 533-4455

Tuesday, Sept. 27
Kearney (Breakfast), 8 a.m.
Kearney Chamber Conference Room
Contact: Elizabeth Roetman, (308) 237-3110

St. Paul (Lunch), noon
St. Paul Area Civic and Recreational Center
Contact: Mike Feeken, (308) 754-4661

Hastings, 5 p.m. (Social) and 6 p.m. (Dinner)
Pastime Lanes Family Fun Center
Contact: Tom Hastings, (402) 461-8400

Wednesday, Sept. 28
Columbus (Breakfast) 7 a.m.
Columbus Chamber
Contact: Sharyle Sands, (402) 564-2769

Fremont (Lunch), noon
Midland University (Private Dining Room)
Contact: Tara Lea, (402) 721-2641

Thursday, Sept. 29
West Point (breakfast) 8 a.m.
Nielsen Center
Contact: Tina Biteghe Bi Ndong, (402) 372-2981

Sarpy County/Bellevue (Lunch), noon
Tiburon Golf Club
Contact: Annisa Visty, (402) 339-3050

Monday, Oct. 10
Norfolk (Lunch), noon
Norfolk Chamber
Contact: Mark Zimmerer, (402) 371-4862

Wednesday, Oct. 12
Beatrice (Lunch), noon
Carnegie Building (218 N. 5th St.)
Contact: Lora Young, (402) 223-2338

Tuesday, Oct. 18
Omaha (Lunch), noon
Goodwill (4805 N. 72 St.)
Contact: Cheryl Lawson, (402) 978-7922

Wednesday, Oct. 19
Nebraska City (Lunch), noon
Eagles Club
Contact: Amy Allgood, (402) 873-6654

Thursday, Oct. 20
Wayne (Lunch), noon
Elkhorn Valley Bank (411 E. 7th St.)
Contact: Wes Blecke, (402) 369-1188

Tuesday, Oct. 25
Grand Island (Lunch), noon
Riverside Golf Club
Contact: Cindy Johnson, (308) 382-9210

Wednesday, Oct. 26
Lincoln (Breakfast), 7:30 a.m.
The Nebraska Club (233 S 13th St., #1708)
Contact: Jaime Henning, (402) 436-2366

Monday, Nov. 28
Henderson (Lunch), noon


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