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Gov. Ricketts, Nebraska Library Commission Highlight $44,800 in Internship Grants Awarded to Nebraska Public Libraries

LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts highlighted recently awarded Nebraska Library Internship Grants from the Nebraska Library Commission to 46 Nebraska public libraries that total $44,800.  These internship grants will support public library interns, who will contribute to the scope and value of the diverse programs and activities in Nebraska’s public libraries.

Gov. Ricketts Announces Matt Mason as New State Poet

LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts announced that Matt Mason of Omaha has been designated as Nebraska’s next State Poet.  The selection process was led by the Nebraska Arts Council, Humanities Nebraska, and the Nebraska Library Commission, a group of state agencies and organizations that together presented finalists to the Governor for consideration.  Mason will be installed as Nebraska State Poet 2019-2023 during a ceremony that will be announced at a later date.

Safeguard Public Health

Last week, former Husker Football Coach Tom Osborne and several Nebraskans visited the State Capitol to issue a warning to state lawmakers ahead of a hearing on LB 110, a proposal to legalize marijuana in Nebraska.  They are right to be concerned about the consequences of legalizing marijuana.  The impact in other states has been significant.  Every two and a half days in Colorado, someone dies in a marijuana-related car accident, and every one in six kids who was hospitalized for a respiratory illness was exposed to marijuana.  As Mary Hilton, a mother from Lincoln who testified said, “[this is] very dangerous legislation,” and the bill would subject Nebraskans to a “giant medical experiment” should it pass. 

Nebraskans Oppose Legislative Legalization of Marijuana

Governor Pete Ricketts: “The United States has the best system of medical research in the world, and pharmaceutical drugs should be tested by it to determine if they are safe and effective.  I oppose attempts to circumvent this system, such as LB 110, which the Legislature is currently considering.  Public health depends on the integrity of our medical research process and practice, and legalizing marijuana without traditional medical trials gambles with the health and safety of the people of Nebraska.”

Gov. Ricketts Announces Schedule for 31st Annual Governor’s Ag Conference in Kearney

LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts announced the agenda for the 31st Governor’s Ag Conference, which brings together ag producers, industry leaders and agri-business managers in Nebraska on an annual basis to talk about the future of agriculture.  The conference is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, March 4-5, 2019, at the Younes Conference Center in Kearney.