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Nebraska Unicameral Update—July 21, 2020

After a nearly four month recess due to COVID-19 concerns, the Nebraska Legislature reconvened its 2020 session on Monday.

Lawmakers returned to the legislative chambers with several safety measures in place, including plexiglass dividers and restrictions on who could be on the floor during the proceedings. Restrictions are also in place for members of the public and lobbyists, who will not be permitted in the balconies of the chamber or the hallway between the west stairs and the clerk’s office. 

Small Businesses Get Help Navigating Pandemic's Challenges

Businesses across Nebraska can now get help navigating challenges during the coronavirus pandemic through new online classes offered by the Center for Rural Affairs.

Jessica Campos, director at the Center, pointed to the successful transition made by the Burrito House in Schuyler working with the Center's staff. The owners implemented revised safety procedures and went online, tapping social media to connect with customers stuck at home and eager to order from their new pick-up menu.

Report showcases actionable climate change solutions for rural areas

A bipartisan committee in the U.S. House of Representatives recently released a comprehensive plan outlining the policy steps needed to address climate change. 

The report, “Solving the Climate Crisis: The Congressional Action Plan for a Clean Energy Economy and a Healthy, Resilient, and Just America,” lays out detailed, actionable climate solutions legislation that the committee believes  Congress should enact. 

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