Job Licensing Reform in Nebraska

In this episode of Go Vote, Omaha!, LWVGO Vice President MaryLee Moulton discusses job licensing reform in Nebraska with Laura Ebke, Platte Institute’s Senior Fellow for Job Licensing Reform.

Go Vote Omaha! is our locally produced informational television program. Watch Go Vote Omaha at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday nights on Cox channel 22 or CenturyLink channel 89 or anytime on YouTube. You can also listen to these episodes as podcasts on Podbean.

Join Us for Dine & Discuss on June 24, Now in a New Location!

The next Dine & Discuss, LWVGO’s monthly membership event, will be held at 5:30 p.m. Monday, June 24 in the Exchange Room on the 7th floor of the AIM Institute building, 1905 Harney St.

A pizza dinner will be provided to celebrate our new location.

Free parking is available on the first and second floor behind the building.

Our features speaker is LWVNE Co-President Linda Duckworth, who will be sharing her experience visiting the El Paso, Texas, border region while volunteering for Annunciation House.  Annunciation House is accepting 400-700 refugees per day that have been released from ICE and helping them to reach relatives and support communities while they wait for their judicial hearings. Linda will relate her up-close-and-personal experience with an issue most of us only read about in the newspapers.
For more information visit: Annunciation House.

Learn More About Election Equipment and Processes in Douglas & Sarpy Counties

In this episode of Go Vote, Omaha!, host Geri Simon speaks with Douglas County Election Commissioner Brian Kruse and Sarpy County Election Commissioner Michelle Andahl about voting equipment, updates, and general voter information.

Go Vote Omaha! is our locally produced informational television program. Watch Go Vote Omaha at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday nights on Cox channel 22 or CenturyLink channel 89 or anytime on YouTube.

Next Doc Club Meeting June 22: American Revolutionary

Join us at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 22 at Big Mama’s Cafe, 3223 North 45th Street, Turning Point Campus, Bldg A, for the next meeting of the LWVGO Doc Club.

We’ll be discussing the documentary American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs. Please watch the film ahead of time; it is available on Netflix.

Please send any questions to krystal@lwvgo.org.

Next Voter Registrar Training Saturday June 29

The voter registrar training scheduled for June 11 is now full, but a new training session has opened up for enrollment. The next training session will be 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 29 at the Jesuit Academy, 2311 N. 22nd St.

LWVGO volunteers who help to register voters must have a current (the training remains valid for three years) certification as a Nebraska Deputy Registrar. From the Douglas County website:

Deputy registrars work as agents of the Election Commission to register voters throughout the county. In order to become an official deputy registrar, you must complete a training class conducted by the Election Commission. After completion, you will be certified by the Election Commission to conduct voter registration drives anywhere in Nebraska.

The next deputy registrar training will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 29 at the Jesuit Academy, 2311 N. 22nd St. To participate in this free training, you must register beforehand on the county website.

To be eligible to be a deputy registrar, you must:

  • Must be a registered voter in the State of Nebraska (you may register to vote at the deputy registrar training session, if not already registered to vote in Nebraska).
  • Must sign up for the deputy registrar training session on or before the business day prior to the training date.
  • Must attend a deputy registrar training session conducted by the Election Commission.

Again, this training is free and open to anyone eligible to vote in Nebraska. You must register on or before Monday, June 10 to be allowed in the class, and you can register at votedouglascounty.com.

Please note that the website does not send a confirmation message or email following your sign-up.

Please send any questions to the Election Commission at 402-444-VOTE (8683) or to LWVGO Voter Services at gotv@lwvgo.org.

Give Today! Consider Giving to LWVGO During Omaha Gives

We hope that you include LWVGO in your Omaha Gives donations. Give now at omahagives.org/lwvgo.

Check out our Omaha Gives page for more on all the work we do. Thank you for your support!

The League of Women Voters serves our community as a trusted nonpartisan resource for voter education and voter rights. We empower residents in our community to vote wisely and confidently, learn how the political system works, obtain accurate nonpartisan voting information, and understand the importance and impact of voting. Voting is the great equalizer and every vote serves to strengthen our community.

Want to Register Voters? Become a Trained Deputy Registrar June 11

LWVGO volunteers who help to register voters must have a current (the training remains valid for three years) certification as a Nebraska Deputy Registrar. From the Douglas County website:

Deputy registrars work as agents of the Election Commission to register voters throughout the county. In order to become an official deputy registrar, you must complete a training class conducted by the Election Commission. After completion, you will be certified by the Election Commission to conduct voter registration drives anywhere in Nebraska.

The next deputy registrar training will be held from 12 to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11 at the Douglas County Election Commission Conference Room, 225 N. 115th St. To participate in this free training, you must register beforehand on the county website.

To be eligible to be a deputy registrar, you must:

  • Must be a registered voter in the State of Nebraska (you may register to vote at the deputy registrar training session, if not already registered to vote in Nebraska).
  • Must sign up for the deputy registrar training session on or before the business day prior to the training date.
  • Must attend a deputy registrar training session conducted by the Election Commission.

Again, this training is free and open to anyone eligible to vote in Nebraska. You must register on or before Monday, June 10 to be allowed in the class, and you can register at votedouglascounty.com.

Please send any questions to the Election Commission at 402-444-VOTE (8683) or to LWVGO Voter Services at gotv@lwvgo.org.

Call to Action: Bills Debated on Monday, May 13

Final Reading
LB 179 – Authorize the appeal of certain motions as final orders (oppose)
LB 155 – Change eminent domain provisions that apply to privately developed renewable energy generation facilities (oppose)
Select File
LB 532 – Change provisions relating to harassment protection orders, sexual assault protection orders, and domestic abuse protection orders
General File
LB 519 – Change statutes of limitations for certain sexual and trafficking offenses and authorize interception of communications relating to such offenses
LB 630 – Create the offense of sexual extortion and change elements and penalties for sexual offenses
LB 680 – Adopt the Uniform Civil Remedies for Unauthorized Disclosure of Intimate Images Act

Call to Action: Oppose LB670, A Bill to Create a Private School Tax Credit

LB670 would create a nonrefundable income tax credit for donations to private school scholarship programs. This bill will be debated by the full Legislature during General File at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, May 13.

LB670 will be very costly to taxpayers and will shortchange public schools. The cost of this tax break is capped at $10 million in the first year. However, if 90 percent of that amount is used, the cap will grow by 25 percent the following year. It is very likely the full cap will be used, as donors can get a full reimbursement on the amount contributed, up to half their income tax liability, due to the generosity of the credit. Assuming the credit grows by 25 percent each year, the credit would total more than $93 million in lost state tax revenues by 2030.

Under LB670, an individual, couple, or business can receive a credit equal to 100 percent of their total contribution or 50 percent of their income tax liability, whichever amount is smaller. There are no limits on contribution amounts. This means that as long as there are enough credits available, a corporation with an income tax liability of $1 million could make a donation to a private scholarship granting organization of $500,000 and receive a $500,000 tax credit. Or, if a couple has income tax liability of at least $20,000 and they make a donation to a private scholarship granting organization of $10,000, they receive a state tax benefit of $10,000.

While LB670 is advertised as an effort to help low-income families, the eligibility criteria in LB670 would allow students to qualify if their families have income that is less than twice the reduced-price lunch threshold, approximately $93,000 for a family of four.

Call to Action: Unicameral Debates and Hearings to Watch the Week of May 6

All the bills listed below will have hearings during the week of April 1. Unless otherwise stated, the League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha supports these bills.

Find your senator via the Unicameral website, and contact them to urge them to support these bills. Follow the Unicameral Update to find out what happens next with these bills.

Hearings on Tuesday, May 7

General File

  • LB 209 – Require information regarding reversal of medication abortion (OPPOSE)
  • LB 690 – Adopt the Healthy Pregnancies for Incarcerated Women Act
  • LB 519 – Change statutes of limitations for certain sexual and trafficking offenses and authorize interception of communications relating to such offenses