Money in Politics in Nebraska

In this episode of Go Vote, Omaha!, MaryLee Moulton, host and member of the League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha, speaks with Kate High, member of League of Women Voters of Lincoln and Lancaster County, about her reports on Money in Nebraska Politics. Links to the reports are available on the League of Women Voters of Nebraska website.

Money in Politics Report Part 1

Money in Politics Report Part 2

LWVUS position on Money in Politics

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.

Action Alert: Urge Your Senator to Vote No on LB 700

This is an Action Alert to contact your state senator and urge him or her to vote NO on LB 700. Please see the information below in a letter sent to the senators and plan to use one or two of the points when contacting your senator. 

The language of the bill would require wind energy companies to completely remove all concrete base material when decommissioning, rather than just the first four feet, which is standard practice nationwide.
It is on the legislative agenda for Monday, April 15, but may not come up for debate until Tuesday.

If you choose to send an email to your senator, make it short and succinct.  Vote NO on LB 700; it’s anti-clean energy and it’s anti-business.

– Sherry Miller, President, LWVNE

Nebraska Senators:  

The League of Women Voters of Nebraska urges you to vote No on LB 700.  
Nebraska ranks third in the country for wind energy potential, yet falls far behind in how much is actually produced.  In the two years since legislation lifted major barriers to wind energy, wind energy has already added hundreds of jobs, attracted new companies to our state that value sustainability and broaden our property tax base. At the same time, wind farms bring added income to agriculture producers who face difficult years due to tariffs and weather conditions.

LB 700 specifically targets wind energy development with unduly harsh restrictions related to decommissioning requirements.  These restrictions target clean energy, an industry that could be far more beneficial to Nebraskans.  It is an unwelcoming statement that closes the door to potential investment in a resource that we are rich in—wind.

The League urges you to vote No to LB 170 and leave the regulations regarding wind energy to the counties.  

Respectfully,
Sherry Miller, President, League of Women Voters of Nebraska

Learn About the Effort to Restore Voting Rights to Nebraskans with Felony Convictions

In this episode of Go Vote, Omaha!, Krystal Fox, LWVGO Co-President, speaks with Nebraska State Senator Justin Wayne (Omaha, LD 13) and Brad Christian-Sallis, Voting Rights Policy Organizer for Civic Nebraska, about Sen. Wayne’s bill LB 83. LB 83 would provide for the restoration of voting rights upon completion of a felony sentence or probation of a felony. The bill was heard in the Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee on March 6, 2019.

Contact Sen. Justin Wayne at jwayne@leg.ne.gov or 402-471-2727.

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.


Go Vote, Omaha! Faith Community Response to Climate Change

In this episode of Go Vote, Omaha, Barb Thompson, host and a member of the League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha, speaks with Rev. Kim Morrow, Senior Associate of Verdis Group, about the Faith Communities’ Response to the threats posed by climate change.  

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.

League of Women Voters Urges Support for HR4

March 21, 2019

TO:               Members of the U.S. House
FROM:         Chris Carson, President
RE:               Support the Voting Rights Advancement Act, H.R. 4

The League of Women Voters strongly urges you to support and pass HR4, the Voting Rights Advancement Act, to modernize and repair the Voting Rights Act of 1965. 

The legislation responds directly and responsibly to the 2013 Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder and subsequent decisions by state and local jurisdictions to implement discriminatory practices connected to our elections. This legislation will update the coverage formula for preclearance to ensure it is based on contemporary acts of discrimination and provide mechanisms to prevent discrimination in voting nationwide.

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA) outlawed racial discrimination in voting and established procedures to protect equal access to the vote for every American citizen. But in 2013, the Supreme Court overturned the key provision of the VRA that triggered careful review of voting changes in political jurisdictions with a history of racial discrimination in voting before they could take effect. Since that decision, politicians in states, counties, cities, and towns across the country have passed laws and adopted practices that discriminate against voters of color and language minorities — making it harder for them to register and more difficult to vote and has shown the continued need for these protections.

The Voting Rights Advancement Act would accomplish three major goals:

1)    It re-establishes preclearance coverage for states and localities with a pattern of discrimination in voting with a contemporary look back period.
2)    It provides preclearance nationwide for political subdivisions with substantial minority populations for a limited number of voting changes based upon evidence of historic discriminatory, such as changes to election methods, changes to the qualifications to vote, and deviant polling location consolidation.
3)    It provides for greater transparency and public notice for late-breaking voting changes just before an election, changes in polling resources, and use of demographic and electoral data. 

For decades, ensuring that all eligible Americans have equal access to the ballot is a long-standing value supported by all sectors of our country. It is a value that has united our nation for more than 50 years and is why the League of Women Voters urges you to support the Voting Rights Advancement 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

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

Second Annual Kim Culp Juvenile Justice Forum Happening on April 24

LWVGO will be hosting the second annual Kim Culp Juvenile Justice Forum from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 24 at the Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center on UNO’s campus.

The event is free and open to the public.

EVENT PURPOSE

The purpose of the forum is to honor the work of Kim Culp, founding Director of the Douglas County Juvenile Assessment Center (JAC), by engaging and informing the community on important issues affecting youth in the juvenile justice system.

Kim developed a myriad of programs through the JAC and nonprofits in Omaha, always with an emphasis on relationship building, cultural competence and understanding the impact of the child welfare system on children’s lives.

After retirement, Kim was active in the League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha, serving as Vice President at the time of her May 2017 death.

OUR PANEL

Key individuals working in the juvenile justice field will share their insights about what’s working, what’s challenging and what they wish the public knew about their work with youth and families.

ANN HOBBS, UNO JUVENILE JUSTICE INSTITUTE

MARLON WOFFORD, NEBRASKA FAMILY SUPPORT NETWORK

MARY VISEK, NEBRASKA JUVENILE PROBATION

THE HONORABLE VERNON DANIELS, DOUGLAS COUNTY JUVENILE COURT

SENATOR TONY VARGAS, NEBRASKA LEGISLATURE

Join Us for Our Open House & New Member Orientation April 9

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The boxes are empty, so come check out our new digs!

The AIM Building
1905 Harney St., Room 401J
Omaha, NE 68102

We will have two opportunities to see the new office, and to get to know more about LWVGO and the work that we do.

We’re hosting two open houses and new-member orientation sessions, one during the day and one in the evening.

On Tuesday, April 9, join us either from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

We will be meeting in the common are on the 4th floor.

Each open house time will include a new member orientation too – so new members come on down!

Street metered parking is available for the daytime open house or you can park in the Omaha-Douglas Civic Center parking garage across the street on Harney (1901 Harney St.). The AIM building lot is available after 5 p.m. Enter building on second-level parking; see the map below for more information. Please call MaryLee Moulton at 520-990-5944 if you have any problem entering the building after 6 p.m.

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