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.

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Call to Action: Unicameral Debates and Hearings to Watch the Week of April 29

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 Monday, April 29

General File

  • LB 209 – Require information regarding reversal of medication abortion (oppose)
  • LB 532 – Change provisions relating to harassment protection orders, sexual assault protection orders, and domestic abuse protection orders
  • LB 690 – Adopt the Healthy Pregnancies for Incarcerated Women Act

Call to Action: Unicameral Debates and Hearings to Watch the Week of April 1

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, April 2

Select File

  • LB 217 – Prohibit discrimination against an employee for communicating about employee compensation

Call to Action: Unicameral Debates and Hearings to Watch the Week of March 25

All the bills listed below will have hearings during the week of March 25 through March 29. 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 Monday, March 25

Business and Labor Committee

Committee members are Senator M. Hansen (Chair), Senator Chambers, Senator Crawford, Senator Halloran, Senator B. Hansen, Senator Lathrop, Senator Slama.

  • LB 19 – OPPOSE – Allow withholding from public of reports of injury under the Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Act as prescribed and provide duties for the Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Court

Hearings on Tuesday, March 26

Appropriations Committee

Committee members are Senator Stinner (Chair), Senator Bolz, Senator Clements, Senator Dorn, Senator Erdman, Senator Hilkemann, Senator McDonnell, Senator Vargas, Senator Wishart.

  • LB 226 – State intent relating to appropriations for the Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center-Kearney and the Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center-Geneva
  • LB 485 – OPPOSE – State intent relating to an appropriation for the Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center-Kearney

Hearings on Wednesday, March 27

Judiciary Committee

Committee members are Senator Lathrop (Chair), Senator Brandt, Senator Chambers, Senator DeBoer, Senator Morfeld, Senator Pansing Brooks, Senator Slama, Senator Wayne.

  • LB 578 – Provide for venue of legal proceedings challenging laws regarding redistricting

Call to Action: Unicameral Debates and Hearings to Watch the Week of March 18

All the bills listed below will have hearings during the week of March 18 through March 22. 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, March 19

Education Committee

Committee members are Chair Senator Groene, Senator Brewer, Senator Kolowski, Senator Linehan, Senator Morfeld, Senator Murman, Senator Pansing Brooks, Senator Walz.

  • LB 351 – Provide for school district levy and bonding authority for cybersecurity and violence prevention
  • LB 683 – Provide for a work plan under the Class V School Employees Retirement Act relating to a one-time lump sum payment to certain retirement system members (oppose)

Hearings on Wednesday, March 20

Judiciary Committee

Committee members are Senator Lathrop (Chair), Senator Brandt, Senator Chambers, Senator DeBoer, Senator Morfeld, Senator Pansing Brooks, Senator Slama, Senator Wayne.

  • LB 209 – Require information regarding reversal of medication abortion (oppose)
  • LB 503 – Eliminate requirement that physician be physically present in same room when an abortion is performed

Hearings on Thursday, March 21

Health and Human Services Committee

Committee members are Senator Howard (Chair), Senator Arch, Senator Cavanaugh, Senator B. Hansen,Senator Murman, Senator Walz, Senator Williams.

  • LB 629 – Provide criteria for recipients of Title X grant funds

Call to Action: Unicameral Debates and Hearings to Watch the Week of March 11

All the bills listed below will have hearings during the week of March 11 through March 15. 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.

Bills Being Debated on Tuesday, March 12: General File

  • LB 400 – Change the minimum wage for persons compensated by way of gratuities
  • LB 217 – Prohibit retaliation against employees for communicating about wages

Hearings on March 12

Banking, Commerce and Insurance

Committee members are Senator Williams (Chair), Senator Gragert, Senator Howard, Senator Kolterman, Senator La Grone, Senator Lindstrom, Senator McCollister, Senator Quick

  • LB 295 – Adopt the Unsecured Consumer Loan Licensing Act and clarify licensing provisions under the Delayed Deposit Services Licensing Act and the Nebraska Installment Loan Act (oppose)
  • LB 379 – Change provisions under Delayed Deposit Services Licensing Act (OPPOSE)

Education

Committee members are Senator Groene (Chair), Senator Brewer, Senator Kolowski, Senator Linehan, Senator Morfeld, Senator Murman, Senator Pansing Brooks, Senator Walz

  • LB 702 – Change provisions under Delayed Deposit Services Licensing Act

Hearings on March 13

Appropriations

Committee members are Senator Stinner (Chair), Senator Bolz, Senator Clements, Senator Dorn, Senator Erdman, Senator Hilkemann, Senator McDonnell, Senator Vargas, Senator Wishart

  • LB 531 – Creates Motor Voter Fund for improvement of voter registration process

Judiciary

Committee members are Senator Lathrop (Chair), Senator Brandt, Senator Chambers, Senator DeBoer, Senator Morfeld, Senator Pansing Brooks, Senator Slama, Senator Wayne

  • LB 164 – Prohibit electronic transmission or online posting of certain photographs or videos, redefine sexual exploitation, & provide registrable offense under the Sex Offender Registration Act
  • LB 173 – Define/redefine terms of coercion & w/out consent & provide for applicability with respect to sexual assault
  • LB 475 – Create offense of sexual extortion, redefine sexual exploitation, & provide registrable offense under the Sex Offender Registration Act
  • LB 519 – Change statutes of limitations for certain sexual & trafficking offenses & authorize interception of communications relating to such offenses
  • LB 630 – Create offense of sexual extortion & change elements & penalties for sexual offenses

Hearings on March 14

Government, Military and Veterans Affairs

Committee members are Senator Brewer (Chair), Senator Blood, Senator M. Hansen, Senator Hilgers, Senator Hunt, Senator Kolowski, Senator La Grone, Senator Lowe

  • LB 687 – Provide for voter registration of applicants for driver’s licenses and state identification cards

Health and Human Services

Committee members are Senator Howard (Chair), Senator Arch, Senator Cavanaugh, Senator B. Hansen,Senator Murman, Senator Walz, Senator Williams

  • LB 555 – Adopt the Sexual Assault Emergency Care Act and provide for disciplinary action against hospitals

Hearings on March 15

Government, Military and Veterans Affairs

Committee members are Senator Brewer (Chair), Senator Blood, Senator M. Hansen, Senator Hilgers, Senator Hunt, Senator Kolowski, Senator La Grone, Senator Lowe

  • LB 709 – Provide for a place to express breast milk in the State Capitol

Judiciary

Committee members are Senator Lathrop (Chair), Senator Brandt, Senator Chambers, Senator DeBoer, Senator Morfeld, Senator Pansing Brooks, Senator Slama, Senator Wayne

  • LB 176 – Eliminate certain mandatory minimum penalties

Revenue

Committee members are Senator Linehan (Chair), Senator Briese, Senator Crawford, Senator Friesen, Senator Groene, Senator Kolterman, Senator Lindstrom, Senator McCollister

  • LB 535 – Prohibit employment discrimination by qualified businesses under the Nebraska Advantage Act

Call to Action: Unicameral Debates and Hearings to Watch the Week of March 4

Bills Being Debated on Monday, March 4: General File

The following bills will be on general file starting Monday, March 4:

  • LB 627 – Prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or sexual identity
  • LB 141 – Provide for the offense of assault by strangulation or suffocation
  • LB 400 – Change the minimum wage for persons compensated by way of gratuities
  • LB 217 – Prohibit retaliation against employees for communicating about wages

Hearings on March 4

Business and Labor Committee

The following bills will have hearings in the Business and Labor Committee on Monday, March 4. Committee members are Senator M. Hansen (Chair), Senator Chambers, Senator Crawford, Senator Halloran, Senator B. Hansen, Senator Lathrop, Senator Slama.

  • LB 526 – Change provisions relating to compensation for temporary disability under the Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Act
  • LB 487 – Require the Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Court to adopt an evidence-based drug formulary (oppose)

Hearings on March 5

Education Committee

The following bills will have hearings in the Education Committee on Tuesday, March 5. Committee members are Chair Senator Groene, Senator Brewer, Senator Kolowski, Senator Linehan, Senator Morfeld, Senator Murman, Senator Pansing Brooks, Senator Walz.

  • LB 534 -Require public postsecondary educational institutions to conduct an annual sexual assault climate survey

Hearings on March 6

Health and Human Services Committee

The following bill will have a hearing in the Health and Human Services Committee on Wednesday, March 6. Committee members are Senator Howard (Chair), Senator Arch, Senator Cavanaugh, Senator B. Hansen, Senator Murman, Senator Walz, Senator Williams.

  • LB 518 – Adopt the Support for Trafficking Survivors Act

Judiciary Committee

The following bills will have hearings in Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, March 6. Committee members are Senator Lathrop (Chair), Senator Brandt, Senator Chambers, Senator DeBoer, Senator Morfeld, Senator Pansing Brooks, Senator Slama, Senator Wayne.

  • LB 179 – Authorize the appeal of certain motions as final orders (oppose)
  • LB 231 – Change provisions relating to legal defense of juveniles
  • LB 690 – adopt the healthy pregnancies for incarcerated women act

Government, Military and Veterans Affairs

The following bills will have hearings in the Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee on Wednesday, March 6. Committee Members are Senator Brewer (Chair), Senator Blood, Senator M. Hansen, Senator Hilgers, Senator Hunt, Senator Kolowski, Senator La Grone, Senator Lowe.

  • LB 163 – Opens vote by mail for any sized county in lieu of establishing precincts.
  • LB 711 – Change provisions relating to voting qualifications for any person convicted of a felony
  • LB 211 – Make elections for county offices non-partisan (oppose)

LWVNE Testimony in Support of LB 532

On Feb. 21, LWVNE submitted written testimony in support of LB 532, a bill to change provisions relating to harassment protection orders, sexual assault protection orders, and domestic abuse protection orders.

Download the submitted testimony or read the full text below.

Senator Steve Lathrop, Chair

Ms. Laurie Vollertsen, Clerk

Judiciary Committee

PO Box 94604

Lincoln, NE 68509

RE: LB 532 (Senator Cavanaugh)  

Dear Senator Lathrop and Judiciary Committee Members,

We write in support of LB532.  The League of Women Voters of Nebraska strongly supports the long overdue protections for survivors of harassment, sexual assault, and domestic abuse.  Too often the shame of being a victim of such abuse has debased that victim’s ability to believe herself or himself worthy of restorative measures.

The U.S. League of Women Voters adopted its position on preventing violence in 2014.  The position supports the role of government in preventing violence. The LWV of Nebraska believes that the protection orders are surely appropriate for people who have been harassed, sexually assaulted, and the subject of domestic abuse—the conditions identified in Senator Cavanaugh’s  LB 532. Such protection orders decrease the chance of the victims being victimized again by the same people.

LWVNE believes LB 532 provides appropriate protection from violence.  We hope the Committee and the Legislature will approve and pass the bill.  

Sincerely,

John F. Else                                                        

Director of Social Policy  

Sherry Miller

President

LWVNE Testimony in Support of LB 516

On Feb. 21, LWVNE submitted written testimony in support of LB 516, a bill to change provisions relating to child abuse, the Child Protection and Family Safety Act, human trafficking, and child welfare services.

Download the submitted testimony or read the full text below.

Senator Steve Lathrop, Chair

Ms. Laurie Vollertsen, Clerk

Judiciary Committee

PO Box 94604

Lincoln, NE 68509

Re:  Lb 516 (Pansing Brooks)

Dear Senator Lathrop and Judiciary Committee Members:

We write in support of LB516, introduced by Senator Pansing Brooks and supported by Senators Linehan and Slama.  The League of Women Voters of Nebraska strongly supports the revision of child abuse language in Nebraska laws to include abusers who traffick or attempt to traffick minors into sexual or labor exploitation—and to remove time limitations for prosecution for such crimes.  We also believe it important to develop and provide services specifically for these victims and to include information on the number of services and outcomes for these victims in the annual child welfare report issued to the Legislature.

The U.S. League of Women Voters adopted its position on preventing violence in 2014.  The position supports the role of government in preventing violence. The LWV of Nebraska believes that including this new category of criminal behavior will clearly specify society’s intolerance of such behaviors—and hopefully reduce the terrible violence of such abuse of children.  

LWVNE supports LB 516 and hopes the Judiciary Committee and the Legislature also supports and approves and passes the bill.  .

Sincerely,

John F. Else                                                       

Director of Social Policy

Sherry Miller

President

LWVNE Testimony in Support of LB 175

On Feb. 20, LWVNE submitted written testimony in support of LB 175, a bill to change provisions regarding candidate committee funds.

Download the submitted testimony or read the full text below.

Senator Tom Brewer, Chair

Government, Military, and VA Committee

State Capitol

Re:  Hearing for LB 175 (Chambers)  to change provisions regarding candidate committee funds

Dear Senator Brewer and Members of the Committee,

The League of Women Voters has worked on transparency in campaign finance since the early 1970s, spurred by spending abuses in congressional and presidential campaigns.  The Nebraska League has turned its attention to monitoring transparency in state level campaigns.  

We support Senator Chambers’  bill because of its solid protection for donors who wish to give to a particular candidate’s campaign with the expectation that their donation will support their candidate of choice.

We urge you to advance LB 175 to General File for full debate by the members of the Senate.

Respectfully submitted,

Lynne Elwood, Government Director                         

Sherry Miller, President