House Democrats Want Interim Study Committee on Medical Marijuana, Flooding in Nebrasksa, 4:32

Jul 9, 2019

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Shelters and temporary housing are being provided to those affected by flash flooding in south-central Nebraska, according to the SC Journal.

The University of Nebraska at Kearney announced Tuesday it is offering dorm space as temporary housing for people affected in Kearney and surrounding communities. The university is also working with nearby hotels to relocate and house hundreds of travelers who were evacuated.

The American Red Cross also has opened a shelter inside Lexington High School. The shelter will provide a safe place to sleep, hot meals and referrals to community services.

The U.S. House is expected to take up legislation this week aimed at addressing so-called “forever chemicals” found in household goods and firefighting foams. Exposure to the substances known as PFAS is linked to certain cancers, immunodeficiencies, and birth complications. Communities are increasingly finding hotspots near industrial sites and military bases, including in Sioux City and Des Moines.

The House is considering adding PFAS to the federal superfund law. Scott Faber [FAY-burr] with the Environmental Working Group says that step is vital.

The PFAS language is tacked on to a must-pass military funding bill slated to go before the House this week.

Lawmakers disappointed with the governor's veto of a medical cannabis bill are calling for legislative leaders to convene an interim committee to study options for revising the state's program.

Sen. Joe Bolkcom and Rep. John Forbes, both Democrats, today released a letter asking Republican leaders to appoint a study committee to allow input from advocates, medical experts, and others.

Bolkcom says the committee could develop language that could be presented to the Legislature in January.

Efforts to get leaders to convene a special session to override Gov. Kim Reynolds' veto failed.