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Nebraska has the chance to invest in people now

Last Thursday during his State of the State address, the Governor noted the hard work and selflessness that Nebraskans have shown throughout the last two years of this global pandemic. Nebraska workers, however, have consistently lacked the support needed to get ahead, particularly those deemed essential workers on the front lines of providing services in …

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At the Capitol: strengthening health care access and worker protections

The Legislature began all day floor debate this week, starting with 2022 priority legislation. Senators will continue introducing new bills through Thursday, January 20th. Next week, floor debate will shift to the mornings only while hearings take over the Legislature’s afternoons through the end of February. In our previous legislative update, we shared a few …

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2022 Nebraska Legislative Session begins today!

Nebraska Appleseed’s Legislative Update News and Updates from the Nebraska Unicameral Happy 2022! The Nebraska Legislature officially kicked off this year’s short session today. Senators will introduce new legislation for the next 10 days and hearings on those bills will begin in a few short weeks. We also expect floor debate on carry-over legislation to …

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2021 Legislative Session Wrap-up

2021 Legislative outcomes for Nebraska families, communities, and racial justices The Legislature wrapped up this year’s discussion and decisions on proposed bills in late May. Despite the obstacles brought by the pandemic, community members like you worked hard to make your voice heard to ensure we are building a vibrant, diverse, and inclusive Nebraska. Read …

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Override the Governor’s vetoes to support Nebraskans

We are in the last week of the 2021 legislative session. This Wednesday is reserved for veto override votes and the last official day of session will be on Thursday. It’s been a unique session that introduced many challenges due to the pandemic, but I’m proud of the work that our staff, partners, and supporters …

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Voice your support for food security

Last week, Speaker Hilgers announced the legislature will adjourn on Thursday, May 27th. The vast majority of the legislature’s work should be complete by the end of this week and May 27th will be reserved for votes to override any gubernatorial vetoes of legislation. Final vote on SNAP bill tomorrow Tomorrow, the Legislature will take …

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Essential worker safety and support legislation hits the floor

There are only 14 days left for this session, so we are nearing the end of floor debate for legislative priority bills. The Speaker announced last week that the session would end early, but the precise date is still unknown and depends on how swiftly the body moves through the remaining agenda. Meatpacking worker protections …

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Positive bills advance; meatpacking protections bill expected on Thursday

Last week was an exciting week at the Legislature! Senators had some late nights with votes on many bills throughout the week, and we saw four Appleseed priority bills advance in the process. This week, LB241, the Meatpacking Employees COVID-19 Protection Act, will be on the floor for debate on Thursday. There are a couple …

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Appleseed priorities for the rest of the 2021 session

This week, the Governor signed the state’s biennial budget into law. As we noted last week, that means the remainder of the legislative session will be dedicated to senator, speaker, and committee priority bills. Appleseed priorities moving through the legislative process Here are a few pieces of legislation we are closely watching and hope to …

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Critical supports for child care and food security advance

Yesterday morning, the Legislature passed the finalized budget and it’s now with the Governor awaiting his signature. It’s unprecedented for senators to pass a budget this early, but it will allow senators to continue to focus on their priority bills for the remainder of the session. There have been a few Appleseed priorities that have …

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