By Sen. Joni Albrecht   November 4, 2019, Norfolk Daily News  Celebrating Veterans. All across America we prepare to celebrate our Veterans on November 11, 2019. Veterans Day in the United States began in 1921, in a memorial involving burial of an unknown World War I American soldier in Arlington National Ceremony. Similar ceremonies had previously taken place in England and France, where an unknown soldier was buried in each nation’s highest place of honor. Each took place on...

By Sen. Joni Albrecht   October 22, 2019, Norfolk Daily News  As we move towards November, we move towards Veterans’ Day and my mind moves towards those who help keep our nation safe and free. It is a time we honor those who serve and who have served. Truth is, they deserve honor every day, but it is encouraging to know that November 11, 2019, and the weekend are set aside across the nation to intentionally give honor...

By Sen. Joni Albrecht   October 14, 2019, Norfolk Daily News  As we draw closer to the beginning of the 2020 Legislative session, the number of interim hearings and office meetings increase, as staff works diligently to prepare for the session.  I have been visiting with many constituents, business owners, and organizational leaders across District 17 as I am able. In addition to working with fellow senators towards meaningful property tax relief, an area of particular interest to me...

By Sen. Joni Albrecht  October 8, 2019, Norfolk Daily News  This past week was a busy one in and for District 17.  Meetings with Department directors, senators, and staff to prepare for the upcoming session, watching committee hearings on Interim studies, preparing for harvest at home, and opportunities to visit with folks in the district for special celebrations and ceremonies filled my office and personal calendars pretty quickly.  Monday in Lincoln, Thursday in Thurston, Sunday from one...

JoAnne Young May 30, 2019, Lincoln Journal Star The Nebraska Legislature passed a bill on its next-to-last day Thursday that would have the state Department of Health and Human Services provide information for women on what to do if they change their minds halfway through a medication abortion. The bill will go to Gov. Pete Ricketts, who has declared Nebraska is a pro-life state, for his signature. It took 10½ hours of debate to get to final passage. The...

By Associated Press May 23, 2019, 1011 NOW LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- A bill that would require Nebraska abortion providers to give women information about possibly continuing their pregnancy after taking the first of two abortion drugs is headed to a final vote in the Legislature. Lawmakers advanced the measure Thursday through a second-round Thursday despite criticism that the information isn't backed by scientific evidence. The vote was 36-9 after supporters overcame a legislative filibuster. Sen. Joni Albrecht, of...

By Martha Stoddard May 8, 2019, Omaha World-Herald LINCOLN — Nebraska lawmakers overcame a filibuster Tuesday to advance a bill that aims to help women who change their minds halfway through a medication abortion. Legislative Bill 209 cleared first-round consideration on a 36-9 vote, after lawmakers voted 37-5 for a filibuster-ending cloture motion. The measure, introduced by State Sen. Joni Albrecht of Thurston, is this year’s top priority for anti-abortion groups. Similar measures have been passed in at least...

January 12, 2019, KETV OMAHA, Neb. — A bill that would require doctors to let women know an abortion pill can be reversed was introduced in the Nebraska Legislature. Rebekah Hagan, 24, said in 2013 she changed her mind after taking the abortion pill and she was told there was nothing that could be done. Hagan eventually found out about a reversal method and now she has a healthy 5-year-old son, Zacharia. “He is everything he wasn't supposed to be...