The use of electronic cigarettes within indoor workplaces will be prohibited in Nebraska, beginning Saturday. The only exceptions will be within electronic smoking device retail outlets or vape shops.
The state of Nebraska has achieved a budget, after a long recess and a return to the statehouse for three weeks to wrap up its work. Gov. Pete Ricketts signed the budget bills Thursday with adjustments to the fiscal year 2020-21 $4.795 billion budget.
A bill that changes provider notification procedures for state-contracted managed care companies that deliver Medicaid services passed Aug. 4.
“An ounce of prevention is worth (more than) a pound of cure”: This ancient adage greatly understates the present reality when it comes to community health. The real work of achieving a healthier community must be done while people are still healthy — through prevention and promotion of good health practices.
As 49 senators head into a new session, a new year, a new decade, they will bring Nebraska residents along with them in the policy they set and the public discussions they have along the way. Many are seeking clarity on the major issues of our state, and how Nebraska fits into the national political and social scheme.
Fifteen years have passed since a landmark mental health care reform bill took effect in Nebraska, aimed at shifting the balance of mental health care services away from state hospitals and toward community programs and initiatives. And, while some measurable progress has been made to make that transition real and beneficial, far more work needs to be done.
As wind energy projects continue to be debated in this corner of the state, we can’t help but take note of what’s happening in O’Neill this year. O’Neill Public School officials recently provided an update on a $13 million building project that will break ground in July.