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  • Gov. Ricketts Warns Against Federal Overreach on Energy, Climate, & Conservation Issues

    February 23, 2021
    LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts issued a statement regarding Executive Order 14008, also know as the “Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad.”  It was signed by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on January 27, 2021.
  • Flags to Fly at Half-Staff to Honor Coronavirus Victims

    February 23, 2021
    LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts, in accordance with a proclamation from the White House, announced that all U.S. and Nebraska flags are to be flown at half-staff to honor the victims of the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Gov. Ricketts Applauds EPA Decision to Follow Court Ruling on Ethanol Blending

    February 23, 2021
    LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts issued a statement following news that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would follow a recent Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling on small refinery exemptions from ethanol blending requirements.
  • Gov. Ricketts Announces Launch of Emergency Rental Assistance Program, Proclaims FFA Week

    February 22, 2021
    LINCOLN – This morning, Governor Pete Ricketts hosted a press conference at the State Capitol to announce the launch of the State’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program.  The program, funded through the U.S. Treasury as part of a federal coronavirus relief package, is available to eligible tenants and landlords.  The State’s program provides assistance for both rent and certain utilities. The program is available for renters and not homeowners according to federal guidance. 
  • Gov. Ricketts, State Leaders Announce New Public Safety Initiative

    February 19, 2021
    LINCOLN – This morning, Governor Pete Ricketts joined with State Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Heavican, Speaker of the Legislature Mike Hilgers, and the Legislature’s Judiciary Chairman Steve Lathrop to announce a new public safety initiative.  The State is formally submitting a letter to the United States Department of Justice to request funding for a partnership with the Crime and Justice Institute (CJI) to conduct an in-depth analysis of the State’s criminal justice ... read more
  • Gov. Ricketts, DHHS Leaders Provide Update on Vaccine Prioritization

    February 18, 2021
    LINCOLN – This morning, Governor Pete Ricketts held a press conference at the State Capitol to provide an update on coronavirus vaccination efforts in Nebraska.  The State is currently in Phase 1B of its vaccination plan, with the majority of vaccines being administered to Nebraskans age 65 and older.
  • Gov. Ricketts Appoints Lynelle Homolka to County Court Judgeship in the Fifth Judicial District

    February 18, 2021
    LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts appointed Lynelle Homolka of Central City as County Court Judge in the Fifth District.  The district consists of Boone, Butler, Colfax, Hamilton, Merrick, Nance, Platte, Polk, Saunders, Seward, and York counties.
  • Gov. Ricketts Appoints Ryan S. Post as District Court Judge in the Third Judicial District

    February 18, 2021
    LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts appointed Ryan S. Post of Lincoln as District Court Judge in the Third Judicial District (Lancaster County).  
  • Three Nominees Forwarded for the County Court Judge in the First Judicial District

    February 17, 2021
    LINCOLN – Today, the Judicial Nominating Commission for the County Court Judge in the First Judicial District (consisting of Gage, Jefferson, Johnson, Nemaha, Pawnee, Richardson, Saline, and Thayer counties) provided the following three names for the Governor’s consideration: Jeffrey A. Gaertig and Lee M. Timan, both of Beatrice; and Richard R. Smith of Cook.
  • Gov. Ricketts, Dept. of Revenue Invite Nebraskans to Claim New Property Tax Credit

    February 17, 2021
    LINCOLN – This morning, Governor Pete Ricketts hosted a press briefing at the State Capitol to highlight a new property tax credit that eligible Nebraskans can claim when filing their state income taxes.  In August 2020, the Governor signed LB 1107 into law to create the refundable property tax credit.  The credit is based on the amount of a taxpayer’s property taxes paid to schools.  The credit will provide up to $125 million in property tax relief to Nebraskans in the 2020 ... read more