2021 Nebraska Nonprofit Advocacy Study

We are excited to invite you to participate in the 2021 Nebraska Nonprofit Advocacy Survey!  This research is being conducted in partnership with the University of Nebraska Omaha (IRB # 413-18-EX). The information collected in this survey will be used by the research team to better understand nonprofit advocacy trends in Nebraska from the perspective of nonprofit leaders like you. The survey will take about 10

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2021 Priority Bills

Senators and legislative committees selected their priority bills for the legislative session. You can see the priority bill list here. Remember, each senator has one priority bill, while each committee has two. Speaker Hilgers selected 25 bills. These lists will determine which bills get “time on the floor” for debate

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Racial Justice Legislative Slate

CSN member, Voices for Children, is hosting a Facebook event with JaKeen Fox and other community activists to discuss bills for the first Racial Justice Legislative Slate. The bills and action requests will be outlined in an online event, hosted on Zoom and livestreamed/recorded on Facebook. Here is a list

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All About the Veto

The veto – the elusive decision – is as an important element of our national and state lawmaking framework. In light of the one house Nebraska Legislature, gubernatorial veto power serves as an important check in the system.

I apologize in advance for how many times you are about to read the “v” word. There is truly no appropriate alternative.

The Legislature passes a bill, the Governor can then veto. The end? Certainly not. Last session, the Legislature overrode three vetoes by then newly elected Governor Ricketts – a bill to allow DACA recipients to obtain drivers licenses, a gas tax increase, and a bill to eliminate the death penalty. Notably, the Governor did not use line item veto power to make any changes to the state budget. This year, the Governor also signed the budget bills without any [official] objection in the form of line item vetoes.

In fact, as of now, the Governor has yet to veto any legislation for 2016. With three working days left in this session, there is one piece of legislation rumored (with justification) to be under a threat of veto. That is LB 947 – a bill to allow work authorized DACA recipients or DREAMers to obtain professional or commercial licenses. LB 947 is on final reading, the last stage of debate.

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Nearing the Finish Line

Yes, there is still a little over two weeks left this session – or 6 working days. A few big issues have yet to see the stage. However, there is another cloud looming over the Capitol – term limits. Ahead of the impassioned farewell speeches set for Day 60, I politely ask that you set aside preconceived opinions about term limits as a concept so we can take a moment to assess the landscape.

Here are the Senators that are leaving after this session:

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