Testimony & Letters to Committees & Officials,
107th Legislature, 2nd Session

LETTERS & TESTIMONY
SECOND SESSION OF THE 107TH LEGISLATURE (2022)

Testimony/letters for theses  bill numbers were submitted to the following committees:

Appropriations: AG 46 for NDCS (oppose), LB1066 (support), LB1255 (support)

Banking, Commerce & Insurance: 

Business & Labor:

Education: LB758 (support), LB986 (oppose), LB890 (support), LB1128 (support), LB1050 (neutral), LR278 CA (oppose)  

Executive: LB814 (support), LB844 (support), LR269CA (support), LR282CA (oppose), LR 159 (support)

Government, Military & Veterans Affairs: LB734  (support), LB785 (oppose), LB861 (support), LB 1077 (oppose), LB1181 (oppose)

Health & Human Services: LB905 (support), LB710 (support)

Judiciary Committee: LB773 (oppose), LB816 (support), LB920 (support), LB1086 (oppose)

Natural Resources: LB925 (support), LB1046 (oppose), LB 694 (support), LB1102 (support), LR159 (support), LR277 (support)

Revenue: LB1237 (oppose)

Rules Committee: 

Transportation & Telecommunications: 

Letter to Speaker Hilgers

Letter sent on December 7, 2021, to Speaker Hilgers urging him to support bills in the new session to make sure that rural Nebraskans and their Senators know that their concerns raised during redistricting were heard and will be addressed in the Unicameral. 

Read letter sent by Co-Presidents MaryLee Moulton & Toni Monette.

 

LB 758

Testimony letter presented to the Education Committee on January 18, 2022, in support of LB758 (Brandt) – Change provisions to include early childhood education programs in the Nebraska Farm-to-School Program.

Read letter given in testimony by Rachel Gibson, LWVNE Education Policy Director

LB 905

Letter sent to the Health and Human Services Committee portal on January 18, 2022, in support of LB905 (Walz) – Provide for perinatal mental health screenings. 

Read letter sent by Aimée Folker and Palistene Gray-Moore, LWVNE Mental and Behavioral Health Co-Directors.

LB 773

Letter sent to the Judiciary Committee portal on January 20, 2022, in opposition to LB773 (Brewer) – Provide for carrying of concealed handgun without a permit and prohibit regulation of such carrying by cities, villages and counties.

Read letter sent by Carol Denison, LWVNE Social Policy Co-Director & Toni Monette and MaryLee Moulton, LWVNE Co-Presidents.

LB 734

Letter sent to the Government, Military & Veterans Affairs Committee portal on January 20, 2022, in support of LB734 (J. Cavanaugh) – Provide a contribution limit for candidate committees under the Nebraska Political Accountability and Disclosure Act.

Read letter sent by Joanna Lindberg, LWVNE Government Policy Director, and Sherry Miller, LWVNE VP of Action.

LB 986

Testimony letter presented on January 20, 2022, to the Education Committee in opposition to LB986 (Briese) – Adopt the School District Property Tax Limitation Act.

Read letter given in testimony by Rachel Gibson, LWVNE Education Policy Director. 

LB 925

Testimony letter presented on January 26, 2022, to the Natural Resources Committee in support of LB925 (Gragert) – Resilient Soils and Water Quality Act.

Read letter given in testimony by Janelle Stevenson, LWVNE Natural Resources and Energy Co-Director.

LB 890

Testimony letter presented on January 26, 2022, to the Education Committee in support of LB890 (Walz) -Change the Tax Equity and Educational Opportunities Support Act (TEEOSA). 

Read letter given in testimony by Rachel Gibson, LWVNE Education Policy Director.

LB 785

Testimony letter presented on January 26, 2022, to the Government, Military & Veterans Affairs  Committee in opposition to LB785 (Groene) – Change provisions related to early voting. 

Read letter given in testimony by Sheri St. Clair, LWVNE Fairmaps Coordinator.

LB 920

Testimony letter presented on January 26, 2022, to the Judiciary Committee in support of LB920 (Lathrop) – Change criminal justice provisions including offenses, sentencing, set asides, restitution, pretrial diversion, and parole; provide for benefits under the Rural Health Systems and Professional Incentive Act; create criminal justice pilot programs; terminate an oversight committee; and create a task force.

Read letter given in testimony by Carol Dennison, LWVNE Social Policy Co-Director.

LB 814

Letter sent to Executive Board portal on January 25, 2022, in support of LB814 (McKinney) – Require the Office of Legislative Research to prepare racial impact statements for legislative bills. 

Read letter sent by Toni Monette, LWVNE C0-President

LB 816

Letter sent to Judiciary Committee portal on January 27, 2022, in  support of LB816 (McKinney) – Require collection of certain data upon commitment to the Department of Correctional Services.

Read letter sent by Sheri St. Clair, LWVNE Fairmaps Coordinator.

LB 844

Testimony letter presented on January 27, 2022, to the Executive Board in support of LB844 (McCollister) – Provide requirements for filling a vacancy in the Legislature.

Read letter given in testimony by Sheri St. Clair, LWVNE Fairmaps Coordinator. 

LR 269CA

Testimony letter presented on January 27, 2022, to the Executive Board in support of LR269CA (Hunt) — Constitutional Amendment to create a Commission on Redistricting.

Read letter given in testimony by Sheri St. Clair, LWVNE Fairmaps Coordinator. 

LB 1046

Testimony letter presented on January 27, 2022, to the Natural Resources Committee in opposition to LB1046 (Bostelman) – Change provisions relating to selection of the board of directors and chief executive officer of certain public power districts.

Read letter given in testimony by MaryLee Moulton, LWVNE Co-President.

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LB 1128

Testimony letter presented on February 1, 2022, to the Education Committee in support of LB1128 (DeBoer) – Adopt the Student Loan Repayment Assistance for Teachers Act.

Read letter given in testimony by Rachel Gibson, LWVNE Education Policy Director.

LB 861

Testimony letter presented on February 2, 2022, to the Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee in support of LB861 (McCollister) – Require an email address on candidate filing forms under the Election Act. 

Read letter given in testimony by Joanna Lindberg, LWVNE Government Director.

 

LR 282CA

Testimony letter presented on February 3, 2022, to the Executive Committee in opposition to LR282CA (Slama) – Constitutional amendment to eliminate the requirement to nominate and elect members of the Legislature in a nonpartisan manner.

Read letter given in testimony by Linda Duckworth, LWVNE Vice President for Membership.

AG 46 for NDCS

Testimony letter presented on February 3, 2022, to the Appropriations Committee in opposition to AG46 for the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services. 

Read letter given in testimony by Carol Dennison, LWVNE Social Policy Co-Director.

AltEn Bills (LB 694, LB1102, LR159, LR277)

Letter sent to each senator on February 6, 2022, supporting several bills addressing the AltEn situation in Mead, NE.  

Read letter by Janelle Stevenson and Megan York Lyons, LWVNE Natural Resources and Energy Co-Directors, and Toni Monette and MaryLee Moulton, LWVNE Co-Presidents.

LB 1237

Letter sent to members of the Revenue Committee on February 9, 2022, in opposition to LB 1237 (Brewer) – the Adopt the Opportunity Scholarships Act and the Nebraska Child Care Contribution Tax Credit Act. 

Read letter by Rachel Gibson, LWVNE Director of Education. 

LB 1050

Letter sent to the Education Committee portal on February 13, 2022, with a neutral position on LB 1050 (Flood) – Prohibit public postsecondary institutions from discriminating against student organizations based on viewpoints, beliefs and missions. 

Read letter by Rachel Gibson, LWVNE Director of Education, and Taylor Sterba, LWVNE Education Policy Action Team.

LB 1066

Letter sent to the Appropriations Committee portal on February 21, 2022, in support of LB 1066 (Stinner) – Appropriate federal funds to the Department of Health and Human Services and the University of Nebraska for behavioral health care services.

Read letter by Patsy Burnett, LWVNE Mental and Behavioral Health Action Team, and Aimée Folker and Palistene Gray-Moore, LWVNE Co-Directors for Mental and Behavioral Health.

 

LB 710

Letter sent to the Health and Human Services Committee portal on February 22, 2022, in support of LB710 (McCollister) – Change provisions relating to federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program eligibility.

Read letter by Carol Dennison, LWVNE Co-Director for Social Policy

LB 1086

Letter submitted to the Judiciary Committee portal on February 23, 2022, in opposition to LB1086 (Geist) – Adopt the Chemical Abortion Safety Protocol Act.

Read letter by Dr. Phyllis Salyards, LWVNE Director of Health Care, and MaryLee Moulton, LWVNE Co-President.

LB 1077

Letter submitted to the Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee portal on February 23, 2022, in opposition to LB 1077 (Hansen, B.) – Prohibit public schools, public postsecondary institutions, and governmental entities from training or teaching certain concepts relating to race and sex and provide for withholding of state funds.

Read letter Taylor Sterba, LWVNE Education Policy Action Team, and Rachel M. Gibson, LWVNE Director of Education Policy. 

Lr 159

Letter submitted to the Executive Board portal on February 23 and in-person at the February 24, 2022, hearing in support of LR 159 (Blood) – Request the Executive Board to appoint an AltEn LLC, Ethanol Plant Special Investigative and Oversight Committee.

Read letter Megan York Lyons, LWVNE Co-Director of Natural Resources and Energy.

LR 278 CA

Letter submitted to the Education Committee portal on February 28, 2022, in opposition to LR278 CA (Linehan) – Constitutional amendment to eliminate the State Board of Education and provide for the Governor to appoint the Commissioner of Education.

Read letter by Rachel M. Gibson, LWVNE Director of Education Policy, and Taylor Sterba, LWVNE Education Policy Action Team.

 

Letter to Senators on Legislative Day

Letter delivered to each senator on the LWVNE Legislative Day at the State Capitol on February 15, 2022. The letter lists the priority bills that the League supported — LB890, LB920, LB925 & LB1075 — and the priority bills the League opposed, LB1181 & LB1086.

Read the Legislative Day letter.

LB 1181

Letter submitted to the Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee portal on March 1, 2022, in opposition to LB1181 (Lowe) – Change provisions relating to required identification documents for registering to vote and voting and procedures for early voting. 

Read letter by Joanna Lindberg, LWVNE Director of Government.

LB 1255

Letter submitted to the Appropriations Committee portal on March 2, 2022, in support of LB1255 (Bostar) –Appropriate federal funds to the University of Nebraska for an updated climate change report.

Read letter by Megan York Lyons, LWVNE Co-Director of Natural Resources and Energy.

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