About Carol Blood:
I am a Nebraska native and raised my family here in Sarpy County. My husband Joe and I have been married for 30 years and are blessed with three children, nine grandchildren, and a wonderful Corgi named Ollie. I love this community and have been an active volunteer and community advocate for decades.
I began my political career in 2008 when I was elected to the Bellevue City Council as the At-Large (city-wide) Representative. I was re-elected in 2012. I know our community is full of hardworking and deserving citizens. My efforts on the City Council were dedicated to addressing quality of life issues that had been ignored for decades, to ensure our community remains a safe place to live and raise our families. While serving on the Council, I strived to be accessible to my constituents.
My track record of success included saving tens of millions in taxpayer dollars by bringing forward common sense resident-centered ideas and policies, such as the new Public Safety Building/Police Campus, leading the vacant properties initiative that resulted in new state statute to protect area taxpayers, championing the surplus property initiative to sell and place city-owned parcels on the tax rolls, and working with law enforcement to craft effective ordinances that address theft and disorderly residences.
I wanted to take my proven record of success and enthusiastic spirit to the Nebraska Legislature. I was proud to be elected to represent District 3 in the 2016 election. Since I have been elected, I've made it clear that I am not interested in special interest politics that help only a privileged few. I take the concerns of my constituents and apply long-range planning that benefits us all and my track record speaks to these goals.
Since you elected me, I have brought forward many great items of legislation. Some ended up stuck in the queue because of the magnitude of bills submitted, but I'm thrilled to say that most of the bills that embrace the demographic in my district did receive debate and were passsed. The following is a list of these bills:
LB 80 Provide for the unclassified service under the County Civil Service Act
LB85 Provide a requirement for persons seeking appointive or elective office as prescribed and to provide a duty for the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission.
LB 86 Change provisions related to opening bids
LB 88 Adopt Interstate Licensure Compact and the Nurse Licensure Compact and change and eliminate other provisions relating to the regulation of health professionals.
LB 681 Adopt the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact (Approved and became part of omnibus bill LB 731)
LB 682 Provide Consumer Protection and Civil Relief for service members and provide a duty for the National Guard
LB 685 Provide a Funding Priority for Special-Needs Military Dependents Under the Developmental Disabilities Services Act
LB 686 Adopt the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact (Approved and became part of omnibus bill LB 1034)
LB 692 Provide for a Staffing Analysis for the Nebraska Department of Corrections (Approved and became part of omnibus bill LB 841)
I also proudly co-sponsored many other bills important to my district. Listed below are only a few that have passed and signed into law:
LB 738 Change Revenue and Taxation Provisions relating to an adjustment to income for social security benefits
LB 194 Change Provisions of the Credit Services Organization Act, Delayed Deposit Services Licensing Act, and Nebraska Installment Loan Act
LB 78 Change Provisions relating to relinquishment or abandment of any portion of a State Highway System
LB 497 Change References to a Federal Form Relating to Veterans
Additionally, I was able to work directly with the Nebraska Supreme Court to amend its licensing rules to accommodate lawyers married to military members. With these new standards, attorney spouses who move due to military orders can now can now be granted a Nebraska law license without retaking the bar or meeting active practice requirements. Although legislation was drafted, I believe there are many issues that can be worked out between agencies prior to taking that action. This is an excellent example of how the various branches can work together and I thank the Court for their open-mindedness and cooperation on this issue.
As an elected official, I have always believed that it is not about the “Republican way” or the “Democrat way” – it's about the Nebraska way! I understand my district's priorities and will continue to work hard to serve the residents of Legislative District 3, Sarpy County, and Nebraska. I would be honored to have your vote on November 3. Together we can continue to make Sarpy County a great place to live and raise our families.
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