Author: Katie Pitts

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 below to find out what… Read more →

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 its final vote on LB108,… Read more →

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 advance to select file Last… Read more →

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 of ways for you to… Read more →

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 ultimately see passed into law. … Read more →

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 had time on the floor… Read more →

SNAP bill up for debate as soon as today

The budget was the primary focus of floor debate last week. Legislators will continue to move the budget through the process this week, along with priority bills. While we are two-thirds of the way through this session, there are still several Appleseed legislative priorities that are pending before the body. SNAP cliff effect bill up for debate today The Legislature… Read more →

25 Days of Action

Take action to support access to food and protections for essential workers

Today marks the second day of our 25 days of action, commemorating the 25th anniversary of Nebraska Appleseed. This week, there are two priority bills that you can support by reaching out to your state senator. Your voice can make a difference! SNAP cliff effect bill up for debate The Legislature could debate LB108, Senator John McCollister’s priority bill, as… Read more →

Support for housing justice and for our Nebraska DREAMers

The Legislature continues to discuss and advance legislation as all-day floor debate is underway for the rest of session. As a reminder, priority bills from senators and committees will be the focus of debate and you can view those finalized priorities here. A number of important issues have been designated as priorities by senators and we will keep you updated… Read more →

Ensuring worker protections, food security, and housing justice

All-day floor debate is underway and, for the rest of session, debate will take place in both the mornings and afternoons. As a reminder, priority bills from senators and committees will be the focus of debate and you can view those finalized priorities here. We are excited to see a number of important issues designated as priorities by senators and… Read more →

Floor debate is underway as senators select priorities

We have reached the end of all-day committee hearings for the session. There are only a few more hearings left this week before the legislature moves to the floor debate phase. We want to thank all of you who took the time to contribute to the hearing process by testifying or submitting testimony online to ensure that we are building… Read more →

Testifying

Critical protections for meatpacking and poultry workers are urgently needed

We are nearly done with all-day hearings! Except for the Judiciary committee, which will wrap up hearings on Friday, March 12th, this will be the last week of all-day committee hearings. Priority bills from senators and committees will be known by March 11th. We are working hard to try to get a number of bills that would support Nebraska families… Read more →

Protect the hands who feed you

Essential protections for essential Nebraskans

We are in the final weeks of all-day hearings. Every committee but Judiciary will wrap up hearings on Thursday, March 4th, while the Judiciary committee’s hearing schedule will end on Friday, March 12th. All-day floor debate begins the week of March 15th, focusing primarily on senators’ priority bills for the session. Learn more about Appleseed’s priority bills on our blog.… Read more →

2021 priority bills for Nebraska families, communities, and racial justice

2021 priority bills for Nebraska families, communities, and racial justice Each legislative session presents an opportunity to bring long-lasting positive change for our communities.  Your voice is important in ensuring that we are building a vibrant, diverse, and inclusive Nebraska. Here is how you can safely advocate during hearings, and you can always call or email your senator to share… Read more →

Testifying

Advocating for food security and against harmful voting restrictions

We continued to testify on several bills during hearings last week, including those on paid leave, child care subsidies, and more equitable access for young adults in the Bridge to Independence program. As we noted last week, we are inching closer to the end of all-day hearings. Every committee but Judiciary will wrap up hearings on Thursday, March 4th, while… Read more →

Testifying

Critical supports for Nebraska families and youth being heard this week

The Legislature continued its intense pace of hearings last week and Appleseed testified on a number of meaningful bills related to housing, child welfare, and immigration. Speaker Hilgers provided a snapshot of the next month, noting that all-day hearings for all committees except Judiciary will end on Thursday, March 4th. The Judiciary Committee will wrap up hearings on Friday, March… Read more →

Access to school meals legislation and more housing bills up this week

Last week, Appleseed testified in support of a number of bills that will make positive impacts across our state. There are several more hearings up this week that Appleseed and others will be participating in too. All-day hearings will continue through at least the end of February and floor debate will resume once hearings wrap up. Your voice is vital… Read more →

Hearings are officially underway

The Legislature pushed forward with its first day of hearings yesterday despite the snow. All-day hearings will continue through the end of February. This is different from years past where hearings would only occur in the afternoon, with floor debate taking place in the morning. This year, floor debate will resume once hearings wrap up. Your voice is vital to… Read more →

Exciting legislation introduced while senators prep for hearings next week

Last week was busy for the Nebraska Legislature as senators continued with bill introduction and Governor Ricketts shared his State of the State Address. At Appleseed, we believe our elected officials should seize the opportunity to address the economic and public health hardships Nebraskans are facing due to the pandemic and the systemic racism harming our communities. Hearings begin on… Read more →

Protect the hands who feed you

Advocating for essential worker protections, expanding services to youth, and more

Since bill introduction started on Thursday, the Nebraska Legislature has introduced over 300 pieces of legislation. Senators are able to introduce bills through January 20th. So far, we’ve seen legislation put forward to address the lack of essential worker protections, expand access to supportive resources and services for young people, fight food insecurity in our communities, and more. Advocating for… Read more →

2021 Nebraska Legislative Session begins today!

Today is Day 1 of the 2021 legislative session. Nebraska senators will start the year by introducing new bills on a number of issues, including legislation to address the stark inequities within our systems that have been further exposed during the COVID-19 public health crisis.  Nebraska Appleseed Priorities for 2021 Together with you, we will be advocating for meaningful change… Read more →

Unicameral

2020 Wrap Up: Legislature adjourns sine die

Last Thursday, the Legislature adjourned sine die. They will not officially return until the start of a new legislative session in January. The last few days were filled with farewells to term-limited senators and final votes on remaining bills on final reading. Appleseed saw a few of our priority bills pass last week, too, and those bills have since been… Read more →

Unicameral

The Legislature advances several Appleseed priority bills in the last week

This is the last week of the 2020 legislative session. After business concludes tomorrow, the Legislature will adjourn sine die for the remainder of the year. You can find today’s legislative agenda here and you can read more about our 2020 legislative priorities on our blog. Meatpacking workers and community members demand action Last week, AM3238, an amendment to LB667… Read more →