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LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY

The League actively engages with the Nebraska Legislature. Before each legislative session, members of the state board of directors review bills and identify priority bills based on our issues program. We testify before committees; write op-eds and letters to the editors of newspapers; contact government officials through e-mails, phone calls and letters; hold an annual Legislative Day; and, in general, encourage our members to take action. Learn more about how our members take action.

107th Legislature , 1st Session Sine Die May 27, 2021. Expected back Mid-September for a Special Session for Redistricting

Redistricting, The 107th Legislature, 1st Session

The Nebraska Legislature Redistricting Committee began the process of redistricting for the state by setting the rules that will govern redistricting in the fall. 

Read the resolution submitted to the floor of the Unicameral below.

The 107th Legislature, 1st Session Information

The 107th  Nebraska Legislature, 1st session, began on Jan. 6, 2021. The Legislature is now expected to Sine Die on May 27, 2021.

We are following three new resolutions:

LR 107 – Request cooperation relating to prevention of unconstitutional abuse of power by state and federal governments. OPPOSE

LR 134 – Adopt the proposed guidelines to be used by the Legislature during the 2021 redistricting process. MONITOR

LR 159 – Request the Executive Board to appoint an AltEn LLC Ethanol Plant Special Investigative and Oversight Committee. SUPPORT

Bills are introduced during the first 10 days of the session. Each bill receives a hearing in committee.

Tentative calendar for the 2021 legislative session.

Bills introduced in the session.

Hearing schedule for the current week.

Lawmaking in Nebraska – The Steps

Legislative Leadership

Speaker  Mike Hilgers

Chair, Executive Committee, Sen. Dan Hughes

Vice Chair, Executive Committee, Sen. Tony Vargas

Chair, Agriculture Committee, Sen. Steve  Halloran

Chair, Appropriations Committee, Sen. John Stinner

Chair, Banking, Commerce & Insurance Committee, Sen. Matt Williams

Chair, Business & Labor Committee, Sen. Ben Hansen

Chair, Education Committee, Sen. Lynne Walz

Chair, General Affairs Committee, Sen. Tom Briese

Chair, Government, Military & Veterans Affairs Committee, Sen. Tom Brewer

Chair, Judiciary Committee, Sen. Steve Lathrop

Chair, Natural Resources Committee, Sen. Bruce Bostelman

Chair, Nebraska Retirement Systems, Sen. Mark Kolterman

Chair, Revenue Committee, Sen. Lou Ann Linehan

Chair, Transportation & Telecommunications Committee, Sen. Curt Friesen

Chair, Urban Affairs Committee, Sen. Justin Wayne

Chair, Rules Committee, Sen. Robert Clements

Chair, Enrollment & Review Committee, Sen. Terrell McKinney

League Action, the 107th Legislature, 1st Session

LWVNE Priority Bills for Legislative Action Day, Feb. 24, 2021

The LWVNE will urge action on the following bills on its Legislative Action Day:

LB 8: (Sen. Blood) Change independent expenditure reporting  requirements and require electioneering reporting. (SUPPORT) DID NOR MAKE IT OUT OF COMMITTEE

LB 11: (Sen. Blood) Allow registered voters to request permanent receipt of an early ballot to vote. (SUPPORT) DID NOT MAKE IT OUT OF COMMITTEE

LB 20: (Sen. Blood) Provide for insurance coverage of and Medicaid access to prescribed contraceptives. (SUPPORT) LEFT ON GENERAL FILE

LB 266: (Sen. McCollister) Adopt Renewable Energy Standards Act. (SUPPORT) DID NOT MAKE IT OUT OF COMMITTEE

LB 383: (Sen. Hilgers) Appropriate funds to plan, design and construct two new correctional centers for up to 384 beds. (OPPOSE) PASSED WITH NO FUNDS FOR PRISON CONSTRUCTION, $15 MILLION TO DEVELOP PRISON ALTERNATIVES AND PROGRAMMING, PLUS MONEY TO UPDATE THE STATE’S MASTER PLAN FOR CORRECTIONS IN CONJUNCTION WITH A NEW STUDY OF THE STATE’S CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM BY THE NONPROFIT CRIME AND JUSTICE INSTITUTE.

LB 364: (Sen. Linehan) The Opportunity Scholarship Act. (OPPOSE) FAILED TO PASS

LR 22 CA: (Sen. Linehan) Constitutional amendment to limit the total amount of property tax revenue that may be raised by political subdivisions (e.g., public school districts) DID NOT MAKE IT OUT OF  COMMITTEE

Legislative Action Alerts

To read a call to action on:

Contact Your Senator to Oppose Rules Changes – Jan. 12  – The League is opposed to proposal #2 to replace the secret ballot with roll call votes. The League supports the use of the secret ballot for leadership elections to maintain the nonpartisan nature of the Legislature. The League is also opposed to proposal #6 to close Executive Sessions to the news media. The ability of news reporters to be present and report on Executive Sessions is key to maintaining the trust of citizens in the legislative process.

Rules Committee Public Hearing – Jan. 11 – Proposed rules changes for this session are due on Jan. 11 at 5 p.m.  But Senator Clements chose to schedule a public hearing for the very next day, Jan. 12, at 1:30 p.m., giving constituents very little time to read and prepare to comment on any changes. This runs counter to the purpose of holding a public hearing in the first place.

General Action Alerts

Contact Governor Ricketts to help Mead, NE, and protect Nebraska from waste near our waterways and over our aquifer – Jan. 25. Mead, NE,  has become a dumping ground for treated seed corn from all across North America. Nebraska does not need this kind of waste near our waterways and over our aquifer. Legislation is pending to prohibit future plants from using treated seed corn in this manner, but will not ensure NDEE enforces the violations of this plant by March 1. That is the Governor’s responsibility. For more information read: ‘There’s a Red Flag Here’: How an Ethanol Plant is Dangerously Polluting a US Village.

 

News Releases/Op-eds/Letters to Editors of Newspapers 2021

OWH Midlands Voices Op-Ed by Rachel Gibson, Education Director and Sheri St. Clair, Redistricting Director opposing LR 107.

Photo of article from OWH Opposing LR 107

OWH Midlands Voices Op-Ed by Co-Presidents Dianne Bystrom & Linda Duckworth opposing LB 383, which would fund the construction of a 1,512-bed correctional facility. Instead, they urge effective best practices to reduce the overcrowding problem in the Nebraska correctional system through Smart Justice programs.

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