Letters to Committees & Officials,
107th Legislature, 1st Session

LETTERS

These letters were written to be introduced into the record at various committee hearings. Some letters were read at the committee hearings, others were submitted electronically before or after hearings as position statements. Letters are listed by the date submitted to the committee.

The letters for theses  bills numbers were submitted to the following committees:

Appropriations: LB 383, Agency 84

Banking, Commerce & Insurance: LB 20 

Business & Labor: LB 451

Executive: LB 107, LR 18 CA, LR 29

Government, Military & Veterans Affairs: LB 8, LB 11, LB 14, LB 83, LB 112, LB 125, LB 158,  LB 195, LB 362, LB 435, LB 477, LB 482, LB 590, LR 3 CA

Health & Human Services: LB 68, LB 413, LB 554, LB 677

Judiciary Committee: LB 7, LB 45, LB 51, LB 186, LB 205, LB 230, LB 249, LB 300, LB 307, LB 308, LB 334, LB 335, LB 337, LB 358, LB 444, LB 487, LB 517, LB 525, LB 601, LB 624. LB 663

Natural Resources: LB 266, LB 483, Letter to Committee on Mead, NE

Revenue: LB 26, LB 364

Rules Committee: Letter to postpone hearing, Letters to oppose rules changes #2, #4 & #6

Transportation & Telecommunications: Consolidated letter for LB 338, LB 388, LB 398, LB 455, LB 456, LB 460, LB 498, LB 600, LB 604, LB656

LB 290

Letter sent on March 2, 2021 to the Business & Labor Committee to support LB 290: Adopt the Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Act.

Read letter sent by Rachel M. Gibson, Social Policy Committee; Carol Dennison Social Policy Director; and Co-Presidents Linda Duckworth and Dianne Bystrom

LB 8

Letter sent on Feb. 25, 2021 to the Government, Military & Veterans Affairs Committee to support LB 8: Change independent expenditure reporting requirements and require electioneering reporting.

Read letter sent by Sheri St. Clair, Government Director, and Co-Presidents Linda Duckworth and Dianne Bystrom

LB 20

Letter sent on Feb. 27, 2021 to the Banking, Commerce & Insurance Committee to support LB 20: Provide for insurance coverage of and Medicaid access to prescribed contraceptives  with the intent of closing health inequities in rural Nebraska, those reliant on public transportation and women who must travel for work

Read letter sent by Phyllis Salyards, M.D., Health  Director and Sherry Miller, V.P. for Action

Agency 84

Letter sent on Feb. 24, 2021, to the Appropriations Committee to urge the committee to use Agency 84, the standard budget review process for the Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy, to question NDEE’s action steps in regard to AltEn ethanol in Mead, NE.

Read letter sent by Janelle Stevenson, Co-Director, Natural Resources and Energy, and Sherry Miller, VP for Action

LB 26

Letter sent on Feb. 24, 2021, to the Revenue Committee to support LB 26: Provide a sales tax exemption for residential water service.

Read letter sent by Carol Dennison, Social Policy Director, and Co-Presidents Linda Duckworth and Dianne Bystrom

LB 120

Letter sent on Feb. 23, 2021, to the Judiciary Committee to support LB 120: Prohibit discrimination based upon sexual orientation and gender identity.

Read letter sent by Sara Lee, Social Policy Committee; Carol Dennison, Social Policy Director; and Co-Presidents Linda Duckworth and Dianne Bystrom

LB 186

Letter sent on Feb. 24, 2021, to the Judiciary Committee to support LB 186: Change provisions relating to the offense of criminal child enticement.

Read letter sent by Carol Dennison, Social Policy Director, and Co-Presidents Linda Duckworth and Dianne Bystrom

LB 383

Letter sent on Feb. 18, 2021, to the Appropriations Committee to oppose LB 383: Appropriation of funds for capital construction.

Read letter sent by Joanna Lindberg, Social Policy Committee; Carol Dennison, Social Policy Director; and Co-Presidents Linda Duckworth and Dianne Bystrom

LB 158

Letter sent on Feb. 23, 2021, to the Government, Military & Veterans Affairs Committee to support LB 158: Provide for restoration of voting rights upon completion of a felony sentence or probation for a felony.

Read letter sent by Carol Dennison, Social Policy Director, and Co-Presidents Linda Duckworth and Dianne Bystrom

LB 517

Letter sent on Feb. 17, 2021, to the Judiciary Committee to support  LB 517: Provide for a gender-neutral designation on operator’s licenses and state identification cards and provide for amendment of a birth certificate.

Read letter sent by Sara Lee, Social Policy Committee; Carol Dennison, Social Policy Director; and Co-Presidents Linda Duckworth and Dianne Bystrom

LB 125

Letter sent on Feb. 18, 2021, to the Government, Military & Veterans Affairs Committee to support LB 125: Provide for rank choice voting for certain elections.

Read letter sent by Sheri St. Clair, Government Director, and Co-Presidents Linda Duckworth and Dianne Bystrom

 

LB 7

Letter sent on Feb. 16, 2021, to the Judiciary Committee to support LB 7: Provide immunity for witnesses and victims of violent crimes.

Read letter sent by Sara Lee, Social Policy Committee; Carol Dennison, Social Policy Director; and Co-Presidents Linda Duckworth and Dianne Bystrom

LB 230

Letter sent on Feb. 16, 2021, to the Judiciary Committee to support LB 230: Prohibit discrimination in public accommodations and under the Nebraska Fair Housing Act on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Read letter sent by Sara Lee, Social Policy Committee; Carol Dennison, Social Policy Director; and Co-Presidents Linda Duckworth and Dianne Bystrom

LR 18CA

Letter sent on Feb. 16, 2021, to the Executive Committee to support LR 18CA: Constitutional amendment to change legislative term limits to three consecutive terms.

Read letter sent by Sheri St. Clair, Government Director, and Co-Presidents Linda Duckworth and Dianne Bystrom

LB 554

Letter sent on Feb. 16, 2021, to the Health and Human Services Committee to support LR 554:  Adopt the Licensed Professional Counselors Interstate Compact.

Read the letter send by Aimée Folker and Palestine Gray-More, Co-Directors of Mental and Behavioral Health, and Co-Presidents Linda Duckworth & Dianne Bystrom 

LB 68

Letter sent on Feb. 15, 2021, to the Health and Human Services Committee to support LB 68: Change provisions relating to reimbursement for services provided by the federal Child Care Subsidy Program.

Read letter sent by Sara Lee, Social Policy Committee; Carol Dennison, Social Policy Director; and Co-Presidents Linda Duckworth and Dianne Bystrom

LB 677

Letter sent on Feb. 15, 2021, to the Health and Human Services Committee to support LB 677: Change provisions relating to eligibility for transitional child care assistance.

Read letter sent by Sara Lee, Social Policy Committee; Carol Dennison, Social Policy Director; and Co-Presidents Linda Duckworth and Dianne Bystrom

LB 590

Letter sent on Feb. 12, 2021, to the Government, Military & Veterans Affairs Committee to oppose LB 590: Change time periods for ballots for early voting.

Read letter sent by Sheri St. Clair, Government Director, and Co-Presidents Linda Duckworth and Dianne Bystrom

LB 477

Letter sent on Feb. 15, 2021, to the Government, Military & Veterans Affairs Committee to support LB 477: Require the Secretary of State to provide an advisory opinion on the object statement and text of a proposed initiative or referendum measure.

Read letter sent by Sheri St. Clair, Government Director, and Co-Presidents Linda Duckworth and Dianne Bystrom

LR 3CA

Letter sent on Feb. 11, 2021, to the Government, Military & Veterans Affairs Committee to oppose LR 3CA: Constitutional amendment to require verification of identity prior to voting.

Read letter sent by Sheri St. Clair, Government Director; Toni Monette, Voter Services Director; and Co-Presidents Linda Duckworth and Dianne Bystrom

LB 107

Letter sent on Feb. 12, 2021, to the Executive Committee to support LB 107: Adopt the Redistricting Act.

Read letter sent by Sheri St. Clair, Government Director, and Co-Presidents Linda Duckworth and Dianne Bystrom

LB 334

Letter sent on Feb. 10, 2021, to the Judiciary Committee to support LR 334: Adopt the Community Work Release Treatment Centers Act.

Read letter sent by Rebecca Gonzales, Social Policy Committee; Carol Dennison, Social Policy Director; and Co-Presidents Linda Duckworth and Dianne Bystrom

LB 335

Letter sent on Feb. 10, 2021, to the Judiciary Committee to support LB 335: Require announcement of the average cost of incarceration at sentencing for sentences served at the Department of Correctional Services.

Read letter sent by Rebecca Gonzales, Social Policy Committee; Carol Dennison, Social Policy Director; and Co-Presidents Linda Duckworth and Dianne Bystrom

 

LB 525

Letter sent on Feb. 10, 2021, to the Judiciary Committee to support LR 525: Provide duties and requirements for transitional housing facilities and change powers of the Office of Inspector General of the Nebraska Correctional System.

Read letter sent by Rebecca Gonzales, Social Policy Committee; Carol Dennison, Social Policy Director; and Co-Presidents Linda Duckworth and Dianne Bystrom

LB 444

Letter sent on Feb. 10, 2021, to the Judicial Committee to support LB 444: Change provisions relating to credit against jail terms.

Read letter sent by Rebecca Gonzales, Social Policy Committee; Carol Dennison, Social Policy Director; and Co-Presidents Linda Duckworth and Dianne Bystrom

LB 266

Letter sent on Feb. 10, 2021, to the Natural Resources Committee to support LR 266: Adopt the Renewable Energy Standards Act.

Read letter sent by Janelle Stevenson and Megan Lyons, Co-Directors, Natural Resources and Energy, and Co-Presidents Linda Duckworth and Dianne Bystrom

LB 483

Letter sent on Feb. 10, 2021, to the Natural Resources Committee to support LB 483:  Provide for a climate change study and action.

Read letter sent by Janelle Stevenson and Megan Lyons, Co-Directors, Natural Resources and Energy, and Co-Presidents Linda Duckworth and Dianne Bystrom

LR 29

Letter sent on Feb 9, 2021, to the Executive Committee to support LR 29: Provide for appointment by the Executive Board of a special committee known as the Eastern Service Area Child Welfare Contract Special Investigative and Oversight Committee of the Legislature.

Read letter sent by Joanna Lindberg, Social Policy Committee; Carol Dennison, Social Policy Director; and Co-Presidents Dianne Bystrom and Linda Duckworth

LB 624

Letter sent on Feb. 9, 2021, to the Judicial Committee to support LB 624:  Provide for earned time credit reductions to the minimum terms of sentences of offenders at facilities of the Department of Correctional Services.

Read letter sent by Sara Lee, Social Policy Committee; Carol Dennison, Director of Social Policy; and Co-Presidents Linda Duckworth and Dianne Bystrom

LB 482

Letter sent on Feb 8, 2021, to the Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee to support LB 482: Change provisions relating to use public resources by public officials and public employees.

Read letter sent by Sheri St. Clair, Government Director, and Co-Presidents Dianne Bystrom and Linda Duckworth

LB 451

Letter sent on Feb 9, 2021, to the Business and Labor Committee to support LB 451: Include characteristics associated with race, culture, and personhood within definition of race, including hair texture and protective hairstyles under the Nebraska Fair Employment Practice Act.

Read letter sent by Carol Dennison, Social Policy Director, and Co-Presidents Dianne Bystrom and Linda Duckworth

LR 14

Letter sent on Feb 8, 2021, to the Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee to oppose LR 14: Resolution to Congress for a convention of the states to propose amendments to the United States Constitution.

Read letter sent by Sheri St. Clair, Government Director; and Co-Presidents Dianne Bystrom and Linda Duckworth

LB 195

Letter sent on Feb 8, 2021, to the Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee to oppose LB 195: Adopt the Faithful Delegate to Federal Article Convention Act.

Read letter sent by Sheri St. Clair, Government Director; and Co-Presidents Dianne Bystrom and Linda Duckworth

LB 338, LB 388, LB 398, LB 455, LB 456, LB 460, LB 498, LB 600, LB 604 & LB 656

Letter sent on Feb. 4, 2021, to the Transportation and Telecommunications Committee to support the broadband bills listed above. 

Read letter sent by Rachel M. Gibson, Social Policy Committee; Carol Dennison, Director of Social Policy; and Co-Presidents Linda Duckworth and Dianne Bystrom

LB 413

Letter sent on Feb. 3, 2021, to the Health and Human Services Committee to support LB 413: Require coverage of medications for substance use disorder treatment and addiction medicine services under the Medical Assistance Act.

Read the letter send by Aimée Folker and Palestine Gray-More, Co-Directors of Mental and Behavioral Health, and Co-Presidents Linda Duckworth & Dianne Bystrom

LB 601

Letter sent on Feb. 2, 2021, to the Judiciary Committee to support LB 601: Require law enforcement agencies to maintain records regarding officer discipline and create a public database of law enforcement officer misconduct.

Read letter sent by  Carol Dennison, Director of Social Policy, and Co-Presidents Linda Duckworth and Dianne Bystrom 

LB 51

Letter sent on Feb. 2, 2021, to the Judiciary Committee to support LB 51: Change and provide qualifications for and duties relating to certification of law enforcement officers, require accreditation of law enforcement agencies, prohibit chokeholds in law enforcement and require policies on excessive force.

Read letter sent by  Carol Dennison, Director of Social Policy, and Co-Presidents Linda Duckworth and Dianne Bystrom 

LB 435

Letter sent on Feb. 1, 2021, to the Government, Military & Veterans Affairs Committee with a neutral position on LB 435: Require  an official watermark on certain ballots under the Election Act. 

Read letter sent by Sheri St. Clair, Director of Government, and Co-Presidents Linda Duckworth and Dianne Bystrom

LB 362

Letter sent on Feb. 1, 2021, to the Government, Military & Veterans Affairs Committee  to support LB 362: Change provisions for ballots for early voting under the Election Act. 

Read letter sent by Sheri St. Clair, Director of Government, and Co-Presidents Linda Duckworth and Dianne Bystrom 

LB 487

Letter sent on Feb. 1, 2021, to the Judiciary Committee to support LB 487: Change insurance coverage provisions for mental health conditions and serious mental illness. 

Read letter sent by Aimée Folker, Co-Director of Mental and Behavioral Health, and Co-Presidents Linda Duckworth & Dianne Bystrom

LB 337

 Letter sent on Feb. 1, 2021, to the Judiciary Committee to support LB 337: Adopt the Step-Therapy Reform Act.

Read letter sent by Aimée Folker, Co-Director of Mental and Behavioral Health, and Co-Presidents Linda Duckworth & Dianne Bystrom

Letter to Natural Resources coMmittee on mead, NE

Letter sent on Feb. 1, 2021, to the Natural Resources Committee calling for leadership to address the water quality in Mead, NE, due to pollution from the ethanol plant.

Read letter sent by Janelle Stevenson and Megan Lyons, Co-Directors of Natural Resources and Energy, and Co-Presidents Linda Duckworth and Dianne Bystrom

LB 663

Letter sent on February 1, 2021, to the Judiciary Committee opposing LB 663: Require the Nebraska Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice to create a mental health indicator in a criminal justice information system to alert emergency dispatch operators. 

Read letter by Aimée Folker, Co-Director of Mental and Behavioral Health, and Co-Presidents Linda Duckworth and Dianne Bystrom

LB 308

Letter sent on Jan. 28, 2021, to the Judiciary Committee to monitor (and submit questions) regarding LB 308, which would create the Juvenile Indigent Defense Fund.

Read letter sent by Joanna Lindberg, Social Policy Committee; Carol Dennison, Director of Social Policy; and Co-President Linda Duckworth 

LB 11

Letter sent on Jan. 29, 2021, to the Government, Military & Veterans Affairs Committee  supporting LB 11: Change provisions regarding voting procedures and requests for ballots for early voting.

Read letter sent by Sheri St. Clair, Director of Government, and Co-Presidents Linda Duckworth and Dianne Bystrom

LB 300

Letter sent on Jan. 28, 2021, to the Judiciary Committee opposing LB 300: Change provisions relating to justification for the use of force.

Read letter sent by Sara Lee, Social Policy Committee; Carol Dennison, Director of Social Policy; and Co-Presidents Linda Duckworth and Dianne Bystrom

LB 364

Letter sent on Jan. 27, 2021, to the Revenue Committee opposing LB 364: Proposed adoption of the Opportunity Scholarships Act and provide tax credits.

Read letter sent by Co-Presidents Linda Duckworth and Dianne Bystrom

LB 307

Letter sent on Jan. 28, 2021, to the Judiciary Committee to support LB 307: Set provisions for Waiver of Counsel.

Read letter sent by Joanna Lindberg; Social Policy Committee; Carol Dennison, Director of Social Policy; and Co-Presidents Linda Duckworth and Dianne Bystrom

LB 83

Letter sent on Jan. 25, 2021, to the Government, Military & Veterans Affairs Committee to support LB 83: Proposed change to the Open Meetings Act to provide for virtual conferencing, including the public’s right to participate by virtual conferencing. 

Read letter sent by Sheri St. Clair, Government Director.

LB 112

Letter sent on Jan. 25, 2021, to the Government, Military & Veterans Affairs Committee to support LB 112: Public bodies shall allow members of the public an opportunity to speak at each public meeting subject to the Open Meetings Act.

Read letter sent by Sheri St. Clair, Government Director.

LB 205

Letter sent on Jan. 24, 2021, to the Judiciary Committee to support LB 205: Proposed changes to provisions relating to unpaid periodic rent under the Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act.

LB 358

Letter sent on Jan. 24, 2021, to the Judiciary Committee to support LB 358: Proposed changes to provisions relating to retaliatory conduct by a landlord under the Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act.

LB 45

Letter sent on Jan. 24, 2021, to the Judiciary Committee to support LB 45: Proposed repeal of the Anti-Continuance statute.

LB 249

Letter sent on Jan. 23, 2021, to the Judiciary Committee to support LB 249: Proposed prohibition of employers from inquiring about wage rate history under the Nebraska Fair Employment Practice Act.

Rules Committee Hearing Letter

Letter sent on Jan. 10, 2021, to the Rules Committee requesting a postponement of its hearing on rules changes and instituting the same seven day notice of hearing used for bills.

Read letter sent by Sherry Miller, Vice President of Action. 

Rules Committee Letter opposing RuleS Changes #2 & #6

Letter sent on Jan. 12, 2021, to the Rules Committee opposing  proposal #2 to replace the secret ballot with roll call votes and proposal #6 to close executive sessions to the news media. 

Read letter sent by Sheri St. Clair, Government Director.

Rules Committee Letter supporting Rules Change #4

Letter sent to the Rules Committee supporting proposed rules change #4 to add racial impact statements to legislative bills.

Read letter sent by Carol Dennison, Social Policy Director.

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