In Nebraska, the lawmaking process begins when a senator introduces a bill. Bills are assigned to one of 14 committees and a public hearing is scheduled. If a bill receives a majority vote of the committee it is placed on General File and debated by the full legislature. Below are the key bills NFA is following during the 2018 Session.
LB 295 would increase choice in education for Nebraska families by enacting a tax credit for donations to nonprofit scholarship granting institutions. This tax-credit could incentivize increased giving to private school scholarships for low-income students.
NFA supports the opportunity scholarships tax credit. Nebraska remains one of only six states without publicly supported options for non-public education. In other words, many families do not have a choice in their children’s education.
Daily fantasy sports gambling operates in a legal gray area by exploiting a loophole in the Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act (UIGEA) enacted by Congress in 2006. The UIGEA struck down online gambling. However, the law doesn’t address fantasy sports – because daily fantasy sports didn’t exist yet.
LB 469 would expand gambling in Nebraska by clearly legalizing fantasy sports gambling in Nebraska. NFA opposes this measure because daily fantasy sports betting is gambling. This form of gambling misleads consumers, manipulates the law and swindles millions from sports fans.
LB 1132 would provide a procedure to set aside convictions of victims of sex trafficking and expunge related criminal records. NFA supports LB 1132.
In the fight against human trafficking, it has become clear that often women who are convicted of the crime of prostitution, are indeed victims of trafficking. Victims of this horrific crime should not also have the burden of an unjust criminal record.
LB 944 includes a budget provision to eliminate taxpayer funding of abortion providers. NFA supports this provision in LB 944.
Taxpayer funding of abortion is illegal, but abortion clinics still receive federal funding via Title X. Nebraska legislators should adopt this bill to prevent further government subsidies of the abortion industry.
MISCARRIAGE BIRTH CERTIFICATES
LB 1040 would create a birth certificate for families that experience a miscarriage before 20 weeks gestation. NFA supports LB 1040.
One in four pregnancies ends in miscarriage. The grief families feel following this loss is real. A small, compassionate change to Nebraska law would allow for families who miscarry to request and obtain a special state-issued certificate validating and honoring their loss.
In Nebraska, a handful of clubs are exploiting a loophole in the law by having their patrons bring their own alcohol. Because the clubs don’t serve alcohol, they do not have to be licensed by the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission. This allows them to flaunt common sense health and safety regulations and to exploit women through fully nude strip clubs where contact is allowed.
LB 747 would close the ‘Bottle Club’ loophole by requiring these clubs to obtain liquor licenses. NFA supports LB 747.
LB 173 would expand protected class status under the law to include sexual orientation and gender identity. NFA opposes LB 173.
These laws empower the government to punish people who object to promoting messages or participating in events that conflict with their beliefs. Contrary to proponents claims, legislation like this is used to silence dissent, not stop discrimination.
LB 450 would legalize assisted suicide as a form of medical treatment. NFA opposes this bill because it is a bad solution for the wrong problem.
Doctor prescribed suicide corrupts the practice of medicine and endangers our most vulnerable citizens: the sick, disabled, and elderly. It promotes the view that these individuals are not people to be loved but burdens to be managed.
REMOVE ‘HUSBAND & WIFE’
LB 785 would replace ‘Husband and Wife’ in Nebraska state statutes with ‘Spouse.’ NFA opposes LB 785 because the language in Nebraska laws should reflect the truth about marriage and the intent of the original language as passed by the legislature.
Marriage is based on the biological fact that reproduction depends on a man and a woman, and the reality that children need a mother and a father. The lifelong, faithful union of husband and wife promotes healthy, durable families for the common good today and future generations.
LR 294 CA
If passed by the Legislature, LR 294 CA would put expanded gambling on the ballot during the next election. Voters would have the opportunity to amend the Nebraska Constitution to give state legislators the power to authorize any game of chance. NFA opposes LR 294 CA.
Currently, an initiative to expand gambling in Nebraska to include games of chance such as slot machines requires a vote by the people. If adopted by the Legislature, and approved by voters, it would give the power to expand gambling directly to the Legislature. This is an irresponsible growth of the legislature’s power over gaming.
LB 891 would add sexual orientation and gender identity nondiscrimination to the Psychology Practice Act. NFA opposes LB 891 for similar reasons that it opposes LB 173. This addition would infringe on the free speech and religious freedom rights of mental health professionals with sincerely held beliefs on marriage and sexuality.