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 until it signed by the Governor into law. 

Steps a Bill takes to Become Law

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1st Bill Introduction

Senator Sponsor

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2nd Committee Hearing

Testimony Submitted

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3rd General File

1st Round of Debate

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4th Select File

2nd Round of Debate

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5th Final Reading

3rd Round of Debate

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6th Signed by Governor

Law

Sanctity of Life

LB 209

ABORTION PILL REVERSAL

SUPPORT

LB 209 requires that when a woman goes into an abortion facility for a medication abortion, she must be given all the information she needs to make a truly informed choice, including information about abortion pill reversal if she changes her mind after taking the abortion pill. NFA supports LB 209.

Every woman deserves to be given all the information she needs to make a truly informed decision. A woman should not have to find out later that she could have reversed the process if only she had known it was possible. 

LB 294

TITLE X

SUPPORT

LB 294 includes a budget provision to prohibit taxpayer funding of abortion providers in 2020. NFA supports this provision.

Taxpayer funding of abortion is illegal, but abortion clinics can still receive federal funding via Title X. Title X funding was removed from abortion providers in 2018, but as a budget provision, it must be approved each year. Nebraska legislators should support this bill to prevent further government subsidies of the abortion industry.

LB 629

Change Criteria for Title X Grant Recipients

OPPOSE

LB 629 seeks to alter the pro-life Title X provision in the state budget approved by the legislature in 2018. NFA opposes LB 629.

LB 503

ELIMINATE PHYSICIAN REQUIREMENT FOR ABORTION

OPPOSE

LB 503 eliminates requiring a physician’s physical presence in the same room when performing, prescribing, or inducing an abortion. NFA opposes LB 503. 

LB 692

Repeal Miscarriage Birth Certificates Notice

OPPOSE

LB 692 would repeal the physician requirement of notifying women and families who experience a miscarriage prior to 20 weeks gestation of the option to apply for a Commemorative Miscarriage Birth Certificate. Instead of helping grieving women and families receive validation and recognition of their loss, they would have to learn about these state-issued certificates on their own, or not at all. NFA opposes LB 692. 

LB 141

Violence Against Pregnant Women

SUPPORT

LB 141 would increase the penalty for violent offenses against pregnant women. 

When a violent action is taken against a pregnant woman, two lives are being threatened. LB141 recognizes this by creating a statutory recognition that suffocation and strangulation are similar forms of assault and increasing the penalty for these offenses against pregnant women. NFA supports LB 141.

Watch LB 141 testimony provided by Nate Grasz, NFA’s Policy Director.

LB 423

Abortion Providers in Schools

OPPOSE

LB 423 authorizes abortion providers to serve as “school-based health centers” and would require schools to advertise their services, including contraception and birth control. NFA opposes LB 423.

Watch LB 423 testimony provided by Nate Grasz, NFA’s Policy Director.

Human Trafficking

LB 154

Missing Native American Women

SUPPORT

LB 154 would improve the reporting and investigation of missing Native American women. There is a growing concern these women’s disappearances may be related to trafficking activity. To determine this and create a plan of action the Nebraska State Patrol would be directed to collect data concerning missing Native American women.  LB 154 would also authorize a study to determine the scope of the problem, identify barriers, and find ways to increase reporting and investigation of missing Native American women.

Once this occurs, authorities can better combat trafficking of Native American women, which is why data collection along with more effective collaboration between agencies is essential. 

Watch LB 154 testimony provided by Nate Grasz, NFA’s Policy Director.

LB 516

Broadening Child Sex Trafficking Victims Access to Support Services

SUPPORT

LB 516 would recognize child sex trafficking victims whose trafficker was NOT a parent or caregiver as an “abused and neglected child,” therefore, ensuring the child receives access to needed services and support. NFA supports LB 516.

Watch LB 516 testimony provided by Karen Bowling, NFA’s Executive Director.

LB 519

Extended Statute of Limitations for Victims & Added Resources for Apprehending Predators

SUPPORT

LB 519 would extend the statute of limitations for prosecuting child pornography, labor trafficking, and sex trafficking crimes. Additionally, the bill includes a provision for officers to “wear a wire” or intercept communications while gathering evidence against those involved in trafficking. NFA supports LB 519.

For an adult victim of labor/sex trafficking as well as for possession for child pornography, the statute would increase from 3 years to 7 years or 7 years following the victim’s 18th birthday.  For a minor victim of labor/sex trafficking, the statute of limitations would increase from 3 years to no applicable statute of limitations.  Such increases, reflect the state’s commitment to apprehending predators and protecting victims in our state.

Watch LB 519 testimony provided by Nate Grasz, NFA’s Policy Director.

Religious Freedom

LB 167

FAITH-BASED COUNSELING BAN FOR ADULTS

OPPOSE

LB 167 bans adults from faith-based counseling (talk therapy) and resources when seeking help with same-sex attraction or gender identity. NFA opposes such a ban.

Read Alliance Defending Freedom’s full legal analysis on this bill and LB 168. Also, watch Alliance Defending Freedom’s Senior Legal Counsel, Matt Sharp explain the harms of LB 167’s Talk Therapy Ban in 3 minutes.

Contact senators on the Judiciary Committee to express your concerns about advancing this bill.

LB 168

FAITH-BASED COUNSELING BAN FOR CHILDREN

OPPOSE

LB 168 would classify faith-based counseling (talk therapy) and resources for minors grappling with same-sex attraction or gender identity as child abuse. NFA opposes LB 168.

LB 627

S.O.G.I. Protected Class

OPPOSE

LB 627 would expand protected class status under the law to include sexual orientation and gender identity. NFA opposes LB 627.

These laws empower the government to punish people with sincerely held religious beliefs on marriage and sexuality and force citizens to remove themselves from the public sector or violate their conscience. Contrary to proponents claims, legislation like this is used to silence dissent, not stop discrimination.

Contact your senator to express your concerns about advancing this bill.

To Learn More:

Read: Victims of SOGI Laws & SOGI Proposals: Unfair, Unnecessary, and Unjust.

Watch: LB 627 testimony from Matt Sharp, Senior Legal Counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, and from Karen Bowling, Executive Director from Nebraska Family Alliance.

LB 535

S.O.G.I. Protected Class in Business

OPPOSE

LB 535 would prohibit sexual orientation and gender identity employment discrimination by qualified businesses under the Nebraska Advantage Act. NFA opposes LB 535.

These laws empower the government to punish people with sincerely held religious beliefs on marriage and sexuality and force citizens to remove themselves from the public sector or violate their conscience. Contrary to proponents claims, legislation like this is used to silence dissent, not stop discrimination.

Learn more read: Victims of SOGI Laws & SOGI Proposals: Unfair, Unnecessary, and Unjust.

LB 689

S.O.G.I. Protected Class in Real Estate

OPPOSE

LB 689 would prohibit discrimination by a seller or landlord on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or citizenship status in any real estate transaction or lease. NFA opposes LB 689.

These laws empower the government to punish people with sincerely held religious beliefs on marriage and sexuality and force citizens to remove themselves from the public sector or violate their conscience. Contrary to proponents claims, legislation like this is used to silence dissent, not stop discrimination.

Learn more read: Victims of SOGI Laws & SOGI Proposals: Unfair, Unnecessary, and Unjust.

School Choice

LB 670

Opportunity Scholarships

SUPPORT

LB 670 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 a handful of states without publicly supported options for non-public education. In other words, many families do not have a choice in their children’s education.

Read: LB 670 testimony provided by Karen Bowling, NFA’s Executive Director.

Read a 1-page PDF explaining LB 670 more.

Gambling & Lottery

LB 252

Truth in Lottery Advertising

SUPPORT

LB 252 would require State Lottery Advertisements clearly display the odds of winning the prize advertised.

Current advertisements promote lottery and scratch tickets as not only offering fun and excitement but also a life-changing opportunity. Research indicates these advertisements have been convincing as those most stricken with poverty consider the lottery a legitimate financial strategy towards escaping poverty. The result is the poorest Americans are funding the lottery – and losing. LB 252 encourages an accurate, honest depiction of winning the lottery.

LB 137

FANTASY SPORTS

OPPOSE

LB 137 would expand gambling by legalizing fantasy sports gambling in Nebraska. Out-of-state gambling companies would be authorized to accept wagers on daily and hourly fantasy sports contests, increasing gambling losses and addiction. This form of gambling misleads consumers and swindles millions from sports fans. NFA opposes LB 137.

Read: LB 137 testimony provided by Nate Grasz, NFA’s Policy Director.

Related: What Draft Kings and FanDuel Don’t Want You To Know

LB 722

Predatory Electronic Gambling Devices

SUPPORT

LB 722 would prohibit electronic gambling devices and authorize the state to seize any device in violation of this act. NFA supports LB 722.

A growing problem in Nebraska is the increasing number of electronic gambling devices due to legal loopholes allowing devices resembling slot machines to be introduced. Considered the most addictive form of gambling, these devices have expanded predatory gambling and gambling addiction across our state.

 

 

Nebraska Family Alliance is a non-profit 501(c)(3) research and educational organization committed to strengthening the family. NFA is the only state-based family policy council in Nebraska and is associated with Family Policy Alliance.

 

 

 

Nebraska Family Alliance is a non-profit 501(c)(3) advocacy, research, and educational organization committed to strengthening the family. NFA is the only state-based family policy council in Nebraska and is associated with Family Policy Alliance.

 

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