This morning, delegates received an education from Mr. John Lindsay of O’Hara, Lindsay and Associates regarding the role of lobbyist in the legislative process. Mr. Lindsay shared his experiences as an attorney, former Unicameral senator, and lobbyist.
Drone journalism was the topic at this mornings session in Kimball Hall. Professor Matt Waite of the UNL Drone Journalism Lab engaged delegates in lively discussion regarding the challenges and opportunities presented by drone technology. The discussion touched on topics like misconceptions about drone capabilities, practical applications in agriculture, and how technological advances can out paced regulation.
This morning, newly elected school board members and other interested delegates attended the “School Boards and How They Work” session. Matt Belka of the Nebraska Association of School Boards was the guest presenter. Mr. Belka explained the purpose and mechanics of how school boards operate. Following the lesson, delegates broke into groups to discuss some current issues facing school boards. Discussions covered several areas, including dress code, consolidation, drug testing, technology access, student representation at school board meetings, and more.
Following the “How it Works” session, newly formed school boards held meetings and gained hands on experience in addressing the challenges facing Nebraska schools.
400 delegates from all corners of the state arrived today at Harper Hall on the University of Nebraska – Lincoln campus. Many had a short drive while others arrived on chartered buses that were boarded 8 hours earlier. Each have brought some personal belongings, unique perspectives, and valuable talents.
Upon arrival, delegates were greeted by a host of volunteers including American Legion members and the 36 member counseling staff. Families toured the accommodations in Harper Hall and then said their fair-wells. Quickly, the focus shifted from check-in logistics to building relationships in their town of 50.
The afternoon session at Kimball Recital Hall was steeped in tradition and inspiration. Sen. Ben Sasse, a former Boys Stater and counselor, shared a message about the need to be lifelong learners as the rate of change in the economy is ever increasing. He also shared thoughts about national and world politics stressing the need to work together to understand and address our most important challenges. The session was closed by Chief Counselor Scott Day. Mr. Day encouraged the delegates to take good risks and capitalize on this unique opportunity.
The day’s events concluded with the formation of city governments. Each of the eight towns elected a mayor, city council, school board and more. Tomorrow delegates will learn more about these important local offices and get hands on experience as they become immersed into the Boys’ State government simulation.