About Senator Ken Haar
Senator Ken Haar is the elected representative of Legislative District 21 in Lancaster County, Nebraska. Senator Haar is serving the people of District 21 with his second term in office.
I would like to share OUR accomplishments during the past session:
Haar bills that were passed & signed into law
LB 583 – my priority bill. It requires to the existing Climate Assessment and Response Committee to prepare a long term strategic report for the Governor and Legislature on how Nebraska should prepare for climate change. For the first time, “climate change” has a place in Nebraska statute!
LB 90 – Sales tax fix to my net-metering law – LB 436(2009).
LB 91 – An update bill for the Nebraska Board of Geologists.
- ·I fought hard in the Education Committee for adequate funding for Lincoln Public Schools.
- ·I am working to assure that age appropriate, medically accurate sexuality education (with parental op-out) is taught in our public schools. My bill, LB 619, was heard & held over in committee.
- ·I worked with the state & local Community Learning Centers – after school programs for kids.
Nebraska Environmental Trust
- I led the successful fight against LB 57, Sen. Larson’s bill that would have hampered the work of the Trust. The bill was withdrawn on Select File.
- ·I continue to work to expand Public Power’s statutory requirements to include ühealth and environment considerations üeconomic development üwater use üthe risks of continuing to invest in burning coal ütaxes going to Wyoming as we purchase fossil fuels. My LB 567 was heard and held over in committee.
- ·I supported LB 104, Sen. Lathrop’s bill that will open up Nebraska to wind development and bring a $300 million wind farm to Dixon County.
- I supported Sen. Carlson’s LB 517 to create the Water Funding Task Force, to do a comprehensive study of Nebraska’s water needs and possible funding sources.
- My bill, LB 428 to legalize in-home births by certified nurse-midwives, was heard & held in committee.
- I supported Sen. Campbell’s LB 577 to expand Medicaid coverage to working Nebraskans who are not covered by the current system or will not be eligible under the Affordable Care Act. Although there were 25 “aye” for LB 577, it was blocked by a filibuster.
- I supported Sen. McGill’s LB 255 to expand protections for human trafficking victims.
- I supported Sen. Chambers’ LB 543 to replace the death penalty with a sentence of “life without the possibility of parole.” Unfortunately, LB543 did not survive a filibuster.
- I supported Sen. McGill’s LB 216 to assist state wards as they “age out” of the foster care system.
- And others…
And we balanced the state’s budget while increasing the state’s “rainy day fund”!
Moving forward, I am working hard to make sure that the next generation of Nebraskans have the opportunities that we have had, in my role on the Education Committee. I am working there to make sure that the formula that the State of Nebraska uses to fund education provides learning opportunities for all of our students.
I am honored to serve you in District 21, it is my home as well as yours, and with your support and feedback we can make sure that we are doing things the Nebraska Way in the Unicameral. It is our responsibility to make sure that the next generation and the generations that come after us have a strong economy and the education to build a life for themselves and their family. With your support we can make that happen.