Nebraska Issues

2017 Legislative Priorities:   Adopted by the AAUW-NE board on Jan 29, 2017
Update Feb 9, 2017
– Update Mar 5, 2017:  note to members and priorities updated
– Update Mar 7, 2017:  Action Alert on LB120 – Family Planning Access Expansion, and LB120 Fact Sheet
– Update Mar 15, 2017:  Action Alert on LB630 – Independent Public Schools Act
– Update Mar 30, 2017:  Action Alert on LB441 for Medicaid Expansion out of committee
– Update Apr 2, 2017:  Legislative Priorities Update, Bill Watch Update for use in being involved in the priorities.

 

2016 Legislative Priorities:  2016 Legislative Priorities Summary Report;
2016 Legislative Priorities Final Report

March 19, 2016 Update:   Liz Rea, AAUW-NE Public Policy Chair, provided us an Action Alert on LB1032, the Transitional Health Insurance Program Act.  Floor debate on LB 1032 is likely to happen sometime early next week.  This is it.  This is our last chance to urge our State Senators to pass LB 1032 so 100,000 Nebraskans can get the health coverage they need.

Your help is needed with an action on the day of floor debate.  The exact date and time of the debate likely will not be known until one day before.  Nebraska Appleseed is looking for supporters willing to be “on call” to come to the Capitol the day of debate with 24 hours’ notice.

The goal is to bring together 49 supporters at the Capitol to visually represent each of the 49 legislative districts.  Each supporter will have a small sign indicating the number of people that fall in the coverage gap in that district (i.e. Senator Fox:  4,951).  Will you join representing one of the 49?

All supporters are asked to wear black to create a solid visual effect.  The plan is to form lines in the Capitol Rotunda to greet senators as they enter the Legislative Chamber.  Afterward, supporters can watch the debate in the gallery. 

Please let Kait Madsen, Nebraska Appleseed Field Organizer for Economic Justice and Health Care Access, know if you’re interested in being “on call” to come to the Capitol with 24 hours’ notice to visually represent friends and neighbors in the coverage gap.  The more advocates, the better.  Kait can be reached at
kmadsen@neappleseed.org or 402-438-8853 x 123 (office), 712-310-3301 (cell).

It’s also important that your State Senator hear from you now that you believe every Nebraskan must be able to afford health coverage!  Please contact your Senator by phone or email and urge them to vote “Yes” on LB 1032!  

This bill would help 97,000 uninsured Nebraskans – people like Kristi – get the health coverage they need to get treatments, get healthy, and be at their best for their jobs and their families.  The bill also lets us return $2.8 billion of our federal tax dollars back home to grow Nebraska’s economy and support important jobs, along with allowing every hard-working Nebraskan to get the affordable health coverage they need.

With debate coming up, now is the time for you to take action!

Thank you for your continued support, especially on this final stretch!

March 17, 2016 Update:  Liz Rea, AAUW-NE Public Policy Chair, provided an Action Alert on LB83.  This bill provides clarity and consistency regarding wage discrimination complaints based on gender.  It advanced to Final Reading today with a mere 25 votes.  Attached are both a summary of the bill and the voting record of our State Senators on it.

It is important for our members to thank their senators who voted to advance the bill and also to send messages to those senators who did not vote today to urge them to do so in support of the bill’s Final Reading.  It is also important to contact Governor Ricketts in favor of the bill to encourage him to sign it into law if and when it gets to his desk. 

This bill is a major priority for both AAUW-Nebraska and AAUW National.  Women still make only 78 cents for every dollar a man makes, and it’s important that complaints about wage discrimination all come under state law regardless of the number of employees a business may have.  Also, LB83 does not impose any new requirements on businesses such as additional record keeping. 

2015 Legislative Priorities:  2015 Legislative Priorities Summary Report, 2015 Legislative Priorities – Final September 8, 2015

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The scope of public policy includes legislation, voter registration, voter education, support of non-partisan candidates, candidate forums, and other forms of lobbying, monitoring local boards and establishing community programs without legislation.

To support a strong system of public education that promotes gender fairness, equity, and diversity, AAUW-NE advocates for:
– Gender equity in education
– Intellectual freedom
– Separation of church and state
– Comprehensive health education
– Equalization of state support for public education
– Public funds for public schools

To achieve women’s economic self-sufficiency, AAUW-NE advocates for:
– Equity in employment, pay and advancement
– Training opportunities in marketable skills
– Adequate family care
– Commitment to research in and insurance coverage for women’s health care concerns
– Parenting skills
– Adult literacy programs
– Access to essential services for the elderly poor

To guarantee equality and individual rights for a diverse society, AAUW-NE advocates for:
– Reproductive choice
– Freedom from abuse and violence
– Protection from all forms of gender discrimination
– Equity in judicial decisions
– Clean and healthful environment


AAUW’s Community Action Guide to Mobilize Women Voters

In March 2008 AAUW released a second edition of its well-received publication, Woman-to-Woman Voter Turnout: A Manual for Community-Based Campaigns to Mobilize Women to Vote.  Thanks to critical donor support, this tool is available free online to both AAUW members and coalition partners who are making plans to activate women voters across the country.

AAUW’s Woman-to-Woman Voter Turnout guides advocates step-by-step through planning a campaign, which includes recruiting volunteers, working with publicly available voter registration files to identify drop-off women voters in their community, and contacting those women through canvassing and phone banking.  In addition to the manual, other online tools include nonpartisan voter guide templates, e-cards, position papers, and AAUW’s Congressional Voting Record.

The Woman-to-Woman program also stresses the value of continued outreach to drop-off women voters throughout the year, as well as the importance of educating women about policy issues important to them through public forums, candidate nights, and other community activities.

The methods detailed in the Woman-to-Woman Voter Turnout manual were successfully used by AAUW states and branches in past elections to reach out to women in their communities.

Visit AAUW’s Advocacy Website at http://www.aauw.org/what-we-do/public-policy/voter-education/ to download a copy of the Woman-to-Woman Voter Turnout manual.