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  • Gov. Ricketts, Senators Declare 2016 Legislative Session “Very Successful”

    April 28, 2016

    When asked to rate the governor’s performance at the end of his second legislative session, key state senators and State Capitol observers agreed Ricketts made significant improvement. They gave the Republican governor high marks for setting clear objectives, working with lawmakers to achieve his goals and being willing to compromise to get something done.

  • A Successful Session

    April 27, 2016

    Each year, citizen legislators from across Nebraska gather in Lincoln to balance the budget and work on important priorities for our state.  Last week, the second session of the 104th Nebraska Legislature concluded.  This year, the Legislature and I had a very successful session.  We were able to accomplish all four important priorities I laid out for the session in my State of the State address back in January as well as prevent bad legislation from passing.  The work we did together on the... read more

  • Gov. Ricketts Announces 2016 Nebraska Leopold Conservation Award Recipient

    April 22, 2016

    LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts joined the Sand County Foundation, the Nebraska Cattlemen, Cargill, and the Nebraska Environmental Trust to announce Plum Thicket Farms as the recipient of the 2016 Nebraska Leopold Conservation Award®.  The annual award honors Nebraska landowner achievement in voluntary stewardship and management of natural resources.

  • Three Nominees Forwarded for District Judge Vacancy in the Second Judicial District

    April 21, 2016

    LINCOLN – The Judicial Nominating Committee for the District Court of the Second Judicial District provided the following three names for the Governor’s consideration: Michael A. Smith of Springfield; Stefanie A. Martinez, and George A. Thompson, both of Papillion.

  • Gov. Ricketts Signs Property Tax Relief for Nebraska Families

    April 19, 2016

    LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts was joined by Revenue Committee Chairman Mike Gloor and Education Chairwoman Kate Sullivan at a ceremony to sign his property tax relief package into law.  Property tax relief was the Governor’s number one priority for the 2016 legislative session.

  • Gov. Ricketts, Educators Laud Abolishment of Learning Community Common Levy as "Step Forward"

    April 19, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD – Today, Omaha-area senators and educators joined Governor Pete Ricketts for a signing ceremony for LB1067, a bill that abolishes the Learning Community’s common levy.  Since the beginning of his administration, Governor Ricketts has supported efforts to dismantle the Learning Community, and the enactment of this legislation represents the first significant rollback of the Learning Community’s authority since it was first enacted in 2007.

  • Gov. Ricketts Vetoes “Unconstitutional, Unelected, and Unaccountable” Redistricting Commission to Keep Nebraskans’ Voices in Process

    April 19, 2016

    LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts announced he had vetoed LB580, a bill that would delegate away redistricting authority from Nebraska’s elected, non-partisan Unicameral to an unelected group of commissioners appointed based upon political party affiliation.