Nebraska Issues

AAUW – Nebraska advocacy efforts at the state level align with AAUW’s Public Policy Priorities.  For information on establishing these priorities and a 2017-19 summary of them, click here.  AAUW-NE annually reviews bills proposed in the Nebraska Legislative Session and determines its legislative priorities for the session.

AAUW – Nebraska Legislative Notices


Final Report of 2020 AAUW-NE Public Policy Priorities
Final Report of 2020 AAUW-NE Public Policy Priorities – One-page summary report
2020 Legislative Priorities Adopted


February 4, 2020 –  Action Alert: LB974 Will Harm Public Schools
February 25, 2020 – Action Alert: LR292CA, A Solution in Search of a Problem
February 26, 2020 – Testimony Opposing LR292C


2019 Legislative Priorities Summary Report;
2019 Legislative Priorities Final Report

Addition information on these bills from other organizations:


  • Mar 6, 2019:   Action Alert – Oppose LB670 – Using Public Funds for Private Education, Oppose LB670 Information
  • Mar 8, 2019:  Priorities Update
  • Mar 24, 2019:  Priorities Update, NE Unicameral Lawmaking Process
  • LB217 advanced to Select File; it would prohibit employers from retaliating against employees for discussing wages.  See LB217 Talking Points for information about the importance of this bill.
  • LB311 would adopt the Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Act.  Senator Machaela Cavanaugh of Omaha designated it as her priority bill.  Priority bills, if advanced from committee, are virtually guaranteed debate on the floor.  While LB311 advance to General File, it stalled after a three-hour debate on the floor.  The Omaha World-Herald reported, “Legislative Bill 311 lacked the required votes for debate to continue, and the issue won’t come up again in 2019 unless sponsors can show they have close to the 33 votes needed to defeat an expected filibuster.  That appears unlikely.”

How to Take Action on LB311:

  • Contact the three main supporters of LB311, Senators Sue Crawford of Bellevue, Matt Hansen of Lincoln, and Machaela Cavanaugh of Omaha to thank them for their efforts on the floor.
  • Contact your senator to describe how LB311 would benefit you, your family, or someone you know.  Sharing about LB311 could help bring this bill back for floor debate in the future.


2018 Legislative Priorities Summary Report
2018 Legislative Priorities Final Report



2017 Legislative Priorities Summary Report
2017 Legislative Priorities Final Report



2016 Legislative Priorities Summary Report
2016 Legislative Priorities Final Report

Interested in learning more about AAUW initiatives or getting involved with Nebraska public policy?  Contact AAUW-NE Public Policy Chair, Sapphire Andersen.


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 to download a copy of the Woman-to-Woman Voter Turnout manual.