Welcome to the online office of Senator Bill Avery

Hello and welcome to the website of my office in the Nebraska Legislature. Here I have assembled the resources to keep my constituents informed about the Unicameral and how I am putting my experience to work for you. This site will allow you to keep up to date with the status of my legislation and and my efforts on behalf of the 28th District.

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Thank you,

Senator Bill Avery

Latest News

Their real friends

Posted by Senator Avery on November 25, 2008 - 11:27am

Omaha World-Herald Editorial
Monday, Nov 24, 2008

It’s a long-established pattern: When they arrive at the State Capitol, freshmen in the Nebraska Legislature understandably look to work with friends.

Early in a legislative session, those friends usually are the fellow Republicans or Democrats in the Legislature. Other friends are activists in partisan circles. For many members, their friends include particular special-interest groups. And some freshmen look to the governor — who may have campaigned for them — as a special and powerful friend.

But experience at the Capitol teaches something quite important that the 16 freshmen (roughly one-third of the 49 members) need to take to heart: A lawmaker’s most important friends are his or her fellow members of the Legislature — across the boundaries of party and philosophy.

If they cocoon themselves by associating only with their partisan or ideological associates, members of the Legislature will find themselves regarded as narrowly focused political hacks — and above all, ineffective.

Hospital chief calls safe haven cases 'gut wrenching'

Posted by Senator Avery on November 24, 2008 - 3:40pm in

BY JoANNE YOUNG / Lincoln Journal Star
Monday, Nov 17, 2008

Parents and guardians who brought their children to three Alegent hospitals in the past nine weeks to use the state’s safe haven law were in serious crisis, the leader of the Alegent Health hospitals said Monday.

“They were in absolute meltdown. Their lives were out of control,” said Wayne Sensor, Alegent Health chief executive officer. “They had tried everything.”

Alegent hospitals, including Immanuel Medical Center, Bergan Mercy Medical Center and Midlands Hospital, received 14 of the safe haven dropoffs. Seven more parents or guardians brought children to the hospitals to use the law, but after discussions with hospital social workers or nurses decided to take their children home and seek other help, Sensor said.
Immanuel Administrator Ann Schumacher will testify for the Alegent hospitals at Monday’s hearing on two safe haven bills that were introduced Friday. One (LB1) would change the age limit on safe haven dropoffs to 3 days, the other (LB3) would change it to 1 year, but also includes other provisions for older children.