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When the American Revolution broke out in 1775, the colonists weren’t fighting united under a single flag. Instead, most regiments participating in the war for independence against the British fought under their own flags. In June of 1775, the Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia to create the Continental Army—a unified colonial fighting force—with the hopes of more organized battle against its colonial oppressors. This led to the creation of what was, essentially, the first “American” flag, the Continental Colors.

For some, this flag, which was comprised of 13 red and white alternating stripes and a Union Jack in the corner, was too similar to that of the British. George Washington soon realized that flying a flag that was even remotely close to the British flag was not a great confidence-builder for the revolutionary effort, so he turned his efforts towards creating a new symbol of freedom for the soon-to-be fledgling nation.

On June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress took a break from writing the Articles of Confederation and passed a resolution stating that “the flag of the United States be 13 stripes, alternate red and white,” and that “the union be 13 stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.”

Over 100 years later, in 1916, President Woodrow Wilson marked the anniversary of that decree by officially establishing June 14 as Flag Day.


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Did you know that everyday of the year has a National Day.  Here's what's coming up this week.

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 Updates from the Legislature merged

Senator Rob Clements Update 6-7-2021

The Nebraska Legislature adjourned the 2021 Session early on May 27. A call for a special session this fall will take place to address redistricting, which could not be done during the regular session due to the delay of the federal government getting the information out to the states. Again, I would like to update you on other legislation that passed this session.

A bill dealing with rural broadband availability, LB 388, passed with a unanimous 49-0 vote. It creates the Nebraska Broadband Bridge Act, providing $40 million dollars over the next two years to fund grants to unserved and underserved areas around the state to improve high speed broadband internet service.

Intended to increase demand for Nebraska food products, LB 396, creates a Farm-to-School Program. The program will provide locally grown and minimally processed food to elementary and secondary school students. Additionally, it provides hands-on learning opportunities such as farm visits, school gardening, cooking demonstrations, and composting programs.

LB 644 requires counties, cities, school districts, and community colleges to hold a joint public hearing to pass a resolution or ordinance when the property tax asking grows over two percent. It requires notification by postcard to the affected taxpayers by the political subdivision seeking to increase their property tax request.

Finally, regarding telehealth, LB 400 changes telehealth laws in Nebraska. It allows patients to provide verbal consent during an initial telehealth visit, instead of previously having to first provide written consent before receiving treatment. With the new verbal consent standard, written consent is required within 10 days. Moreover, LB 487 prohibits medical insurance companies from charging higher rates for using telehealth services.

Feel free to contact me or my staff for assistance, information, or questions on issues.
You may reach me at: Senator Robert Clements, State Capitol Room 1120, Lincoln, NE 68509.
Phone 402­471­2613, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..