Katie Pitts

Capitol

2022 Legislative session wrap up

Last Wednesday the Legislature adjourned sine die, meaning the body has concluded its work for the session.  This year’s session introduced many new and unique challenges and opportunities. On top of normal business, senators also had to address how to allocate $1 billion in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) coronavirus relief funds. The number of …

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Capitol

Historic child welfare bill passes

This Wednesday is the last official day of the 2022 session! Unless there are veto override votes, all of this session’s legislative business is complete. Wednesday’s agenda will mostly consist of closing remarks from senators, the Speaker, and the Governor.  Last week was an extremely busy time at the legislature, with successful passage of two …

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Capitol

SNAP reentry bill fails to advance, but we will keep fighting

We are nearing the end of the 2022 session, with three legislative days set for this week. The last day, Day 60, is scheduled for Wednesday April 20th. There are still a number of priority bills slated for final votes in the coming days, including a few of Appleseed’s priorities, so there is still work …

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Capitol

Emergency rental aid bill failed, but the fight is not over

On Tuesday, the Nebraska Legislature failed to override the Governor’s veto of LB 1073.  First and foremost, we want to thank you for calling, emailing, and sharing your story with your senator. You showed up for your family, friends, and neighbors, and it did not go unnoticed. Because of this support, the Treasury Department is …

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Floor debate begins: emergency rental assistance up on the agenda

Committee hearings for the 2022 session are complete. The Legislature began all-day floor debate this week and will continue until they adjourn in April, with late-night sessions starting next week. Learn more about the floor debate process in my short explainer here.  This week’s agenda You can find today’s agenda here, which includes LB1173, …

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Unicameral

Last week of hearings for the 2022 session

We are in the last week of committee hearings for the 2022 session! Starting next week, the Legislature will begin all-day floor debate until they adjourn in April, with late night sessions starting in mid-March. Priority bills will be at the center of debate through the end of session – you can find that list …

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Unicameral

Emergency rental assistance funding prioritized

We’ve reached the halfway point for the 2022 session! We have two more weeks of committee hearings and then beginning March 7, the Legislature will begin all-day floor debate. The focus for the rest of session will primarily be on senators\’ priority bills, which can be found here. We’re excited to see several of Appleseed’s …

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At the legislature

Voice your support for access to food for all Nebraskans

Senators and committees continue to designate their legislative priorities, which are due by February 22nd. We’re excited to see several Appleseed priorities make it on the list, including LB 121 (Senator Megan Hunt), which aims to eliminate Nebraska’s counterproductive ban on SNAP benefits for people with certain drug felony convictions after they reenter their communities. …

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2022 Nebraska Appleseed Legislative Priorities

The Nebraska Legislature introduced close to 600 bills and proposed constitutional amendments, and we’re ready to fight for justice and opportunity at the Capitol! Here are Appleseed’s legislative priorities for the 2022 short session. ⤵️ Strengthening worker protections LB 719 ensures better support for Nebraskans injured on the job by updating Nebraska’s workers’ compensation rates, …

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A strong workers’ compensation system is essential for all Nebraskans

Last week was full of long days, late nights, and delicious sips of coffee while fighting for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans. Advocating for equitable funding and racial impact statements We kicked off hearings last week testifying in front of the Appropriations Committee with recommendations on how we can use the federal American Rescue …

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