Nebraska Legislative Watch

A PROJECT OF NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM

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EXPLANATION & OBJECTIVES:

NTF believes that the people of Nebraska have a right to know how their state legislators vote on important legislative issues that have an impact on the fiscal health of taxpayers, government intervention in private life and business, and law and order.  This project affords Nebraskans a broad and deep analysis of how their state senators vote on current, crucial issues.  Members lobby and carefully monitor votes and voting patterns of state senators.  NTF annually publishes a Legislative Voting Record incorporating annotations of bills and resolutions monitored, a grid graph illustrating actual votes, and a percentage voting score for every state senator.  We distribute copies to NTF members and the media.

GENERAL DIRECTIONS:

  • Study the enclosed multi-page Legislative Watch packet.
  • Gather the tools/supplies you will need to proceed as mentioned in outline.
  • To proceed conscientiously, continually consult media, legislative, and NTF sources that show progress of legislation.
  • If you have questions, call (402) 551-0921.
  • Furnish your work to NTF by August 1 following end of legislative session:
  1. Numbers, titles, and sponsor(s) of bills you monitored.
  2. Copies of your notes.
  3. Copies of correspondence with your state senator.
  4. Copies of your notes pertaining to state senator discussions during committee hearings and floor debate.
  5. Copies of news clippings and other background material regarding your bills and resolutions.

Read our NTF Legislative Voting Record published annually.
Make copies and distribute generously to friends and neighbors.

The following is contact information for Nebraska legislators:
http://nebraskalegislature.gov/pdf/senators/roster.pdf

WATERMEIER, Dan, 1, 402-471-2733 dwatermeier@leg.ne.gov
KINTNER, Bill, 2, 402-471-2613 bkintner@leg.ne.gov
GARRETT, Tom, 3, 402-471-2627 tgarrett@leg.ne.gov
HILKEMANN, Robert, 4, 402-471-2621 rhilkemann@leg.ne.gov
MELLO, Heath, 5, 402-471-2710 hmello@leg.ne.gov
CRAIGHEAD, Joni, 6, 402-471-2714 jcraigheadn@leg.ne.gov
NORDQUIST, Jeremy, 7, 402-471-2721 jnordquist@leg.ne.gov
HARR, Burke, 8, 402-471-2722 bharr@leg.ne.gov
HOWARD, Sara, 9, 402-471-2723 showard@leg.ne.gov
KRIST, Bob, 10, 402-471-2718 bkrist@leg.ne.gov
CHAMBERS, Ernie, 11, 402-471-2612 echambers@leg.ne.gov
RIEPE, Merv, 12, 402-471-2623 mriepe@leg.ne.gov
COOK, Tanya, 13, 402-471-2727  tcook@leg.ne.gov
SMITH, Jim, 14, 402-471-2730 jsmith@leg.ne.gov
SCHNOOR, David A., 15, 402-471-2625 dschnoor@leg.ne.gov
BRASCH, Lydia, 16, 402-471-2728 lbrasch@leg.ne.gov
BLOOMFIELD, Dave, 17, 402-471-2716 dbloomfield@leg.ne.gov
LINDSTROM, Brett, 18, 402-471-2618 blindstrom@leg.ne.gov
SCHEER, Jim, 19, 402-471-2929 jscheer@leg.ne.gov
McCOLLISTER, John S., 20, 402-471-2622 jmccollister@leg.ne.gov
HAAR, Ken, 21, 402-471-2673 khaar@leg.ne.gov
SCHUMACHER, Paul, 22, 402-471-2715 pschumacher@leg.ne.gov
JOHNSON, Jerry, 23, 402-471-2719 jjohnson@leg.ne.gov
KOLTERMAN, Mark, 24, 402-471-2756 mkolterman@leg.ne.gov
CAMPBELL, Kathy, 25, 402-471-2731 kcampbell@leg.ne.gov
HANSEN, Matt, 26, 402-471-2610 mhansen@leg.ne.gov
COASH, Colby, 27, 402-471-2632 ccoash@leg.ne.gov
PANSING BROOKS, Patty, 28, 402-471-2633 ppansingbrooks@leg.ne.gov
BOLZ, Kate, 29, 402-471-2734 kbolz@leg.ne.gov
BAKER, Roy E., 30, 402-471-2620  rbaker@leg.ne.gov
KOLOWSKI, Rick, 31, 402-471-2327 rkolowski@leg.ne.gov
EBKE, Laura, 32, 402-471-2711 lebke@leg.ne.gov
SEILER, Les, 33, 402-471-2712  lseiler@leg.ne.gov
FRIESEN, Curt, 34, 402-471-2630 cfriesen@leg.ne.gov
GLOOR, Mike, 35, 402-471-2617 mgloor@leg.ne.gov
WILLIAMS, Matt, 36, 402-471-2642 mwilliams@leg.ne.gov
HADLEY, Galen, 37, 402-471-2726 ghadley@leg.ne.gov
KUEHN, John L., 38, 402-471-2732 jkuehn@leg.ne.gov
McCOY, Beau, 39, 402-471-2885 bmccoy@leg.ne.gov
LARSON, Tyson, 40, 402-471-2801 tlarson@leg.ne.gov
SULLIVAN, Kate, 41, 402-471-2631 ksullivan@leg.ne.gov
GROENE, Mike, 42, 402-471-2729 mgroene@leg.ne.gov
DAVIS, Al, 43, 402-471-2728 adavis@leg.ne.gov
HUGHES, Dan, 44, 402-471-2805 dhughes@leg.ne.gov
CRAWFORD, Sue, 45, 402-471-2615  scrawford@leg.ne.gov
MORFELD, Adam, 46, 402-471-2720 amorfeld@leg.ne.govÂ
SCHILZ, Ken, 47, 402-471-2616 kschilz@leg.ne.gov
STINNER, John P., 48, 402-471-2802 jstinner@leg.ne.gov
MURANTE, John, 49, 402-471-2725 jmurante@leg.ne.gov


Here are issues in the Nebraska Legislature that NTF is watching:

LOBBYING AGAINST TAXPAYERS IN NE LEGISLATURE: 2016

NTF Issue Paper: legwatch94.doc. 5-16. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: LOBBYING AGAINST TAXPAYERS IN THE LEGISLATURE: 2016. BACKGROUND. Numerous lobbyists seek to persuade our state senators to vote a particular way or support or oppose a specific cause. However, the large number of lobbyists who lobby on behalf of liberal groups and state/local taxing authorities explains much of the reason why state senators have not offered Read more »

INTERIM STUDY: RESOLUTIONS OF INTEREST TO TAXPAYERS

NTF worksheet: legwatch112.doc. 5-16. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM WORKSHEET: INTERIM STUDY RESOLUTIONS OF INTEREST TO TAXPAYERS. BACKGROUND. Every legislative session, state senators initiate interim study resolutions to provide public hearings on legislation that did not win passage in that session or address issues that they believe merit public discussion before introduction as bills in the following session. NTF has selected a number Read more »

STOP MEDICAID EXPANSION AGAIN

NTF Issue paper: legwatch86.doc. 1-16. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: STOP MEDICAID EXPANSION AGAIN. BACKGROUND. Several senators again have introduced a bill, LB 1032, to expand Medicaid health care coverage to uninsured healthy adults, tweaking a plan still based on Obama Care. Similar bills failed during the last 3 legislative sessions. State Sen. John McCollister and 15 co-sponsors want to use Medicaid money through a federal Read more »

DON'T BE CAUGHT DEAD IN NEBRASKA: LOWER THE STATE INHERITANCE TAX

NTF Issue Paper: legwatch88.doc. 1-16. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: DON'T BE CAUGHT DEAD IN NEBRASKA: LOWER THE STATE INHERITANCE TAX. BACKGROUND. Nebraska is one of only 7 states that continues to collect a state inheritance tax. LB 936, sponsored by State Sen. Laura Ebke, would exempt $100,000 instead of $10,000 from state inheritance tax and lower the tax rate from 13% to 1%. Meanwhile, conservative congressmen are pushing Read more »

LOBBYING AGAINST TAXPAYERS IN THE LEGISLATURE: 2015

NTF Issue Paper: legwatch139.doc. 10-15. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: LOBBYING AGAINST TAXPAYERS IN THE LEGISLATURE: 2015. BACKGROUND. Numerous lobbyists seek to persuade our state senators to vote a particular way or support or oppose a specific cause. However, the large number of lobbyists who lobby on behalf of liberal groups and state/local taxing authorities explains much of the reason why state senators have not offered Read more »

NTF ANNUAL UNICAMERAL VOTING REPORT

Nebraska Taxpayers for Freedom has released its annual report on the conservative voting of members of the Nebraska Unicameral during the 2015 session. NTF rates senators based on their fiscal responsibility, intervention into the private lives of Nebraska citizens, and positions on legislation dealing with law and order. NTF rates state senators based on the most conservative voting record and the least. NTF tracked 132 bills in the 2015 session. Read more »

CONSERVATIVES SHOULD SUPPORT STATE DEATH PENALTY

NTF Issue Paper: legwatch99.doc. 4-15. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: CONSERVATIVES SHOULD SUPPORT A STATE DEATH PENALTY. BACKGROUND. Thirty state senators, including several Republicans in Name Only, are pressing ahead with an effort to abolish our state death penalty, a prominent goal of Sen. Ernie Chambers. LB 268: Chambers. To replace the death penalty with life in prison with possibility of parole. The bill would apply Read more »

GOOD & BAD BILLS IN THE 2015 LEGISLATURE

Legwatch2015.doc. 3-15. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM WORKSHEET: GOOD & BAD BILLS IN THE 2015 LEGISLATURE. GOOD RESOLUTIONS. LR 23: Riepe. To win permission for NE veterans to use medical benefits at local clinics and hospitals. GOOD RESOLUTION/ IN COMMITTEE BAD RESOLUTIONS. LR 7CA: Schumacher. To subvert legislative term limits by allowing senators to serve two 6-yr. terms instead of two 4-yr. terms. Ernie Chambers supports the resolution. Read more »

STOP THE STATE GAS TAX HIKE

NTF Issue Paper: Gastax8.doc. 3-15. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: STOP THE STATE GAS TAX HIKE. BACKGROUND. Sen. Jim Smith, usually a fiscally conservative senator, introduced LB 610, to raise our state gas tax by 6c by 2019, bringing our total state gas tax up to 31.6c per gallon. Of the two components of the fixed rate, the portion allocated to the Dept. of Roads would increase 1/2 cent every year, from 7.5c to 9.5c. The portion Read more »

TIPS FOR THE LEGISLATURE

NTF worksheet: legwatch131.doc. 11-14. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM WORKSHEET: TIPS FOR THE LEGISLATURE. The 2015 Legislature is the most conservative in recent legislative history. New and veteran conservative state senators must control the Health & Human Services, Judiciary, and Education Committees and cut spending in the 2nd & 3rd. Spending rises, because senators want to pass many bills to show constituents that they are doing Read more »

EPA WATER RULES STRANGLE NEBRASKA FARMERS & RANCHERS

Read more at Restoring Liberty.com NTF Issue Paper: cong119.doc. 11-14. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: EPA WATER RULES STRANGLE NEBRASKA FARMERS & RANCHERS. BACKGROUND. President Obama pledged to use his executive power to push through environmental and climate change radical regulations. Nebraska Taxpayers for Freedom has joined NE business, agriculture, and forestry groups and county governments to battle 88 pp. of new regulations Read more »

COAL IS CLEAN ENERGY AT REASONABLE COST

NTF Issue Paper: energy8.doc. 10-14. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: THE PROBLEM. Australia repealed its carbon tax that harmed consumers by raising electricity costs, damaging the economy, cutting manufacturing jobs, and reducing competitiveness. Its carbon tax caused over $15 billion in economic mayhem in its first 2 yrs. of implementation. The Australian prime minister declared that this tax, voted in, was useless and destructive Read more »

NEBRASKA TAXES STING RETIRED CITIZENS

NTF Issue Paper: Taxplan24.doc. 9-14. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: BACKGROUND. Retired citizens in Nebraska, especially those living on fixed incomes, find that taxes consume an increasing part of their household budgets, persuading many to move to other states having lower taxes. Kiplinger’s Magazine developed a retiree tax map to show the total tax burdens for a typical retired couple in each state plus D.C. Many erroneously Read more »

NEBRASKA BUSINESS TAX CLIMATE IS POOR

NTF Issue Paper: Taxplan18. 9-14. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: BACKGROUND. Businesses, too, need tax relief. Besides corporation income taxes, they pay payroll taxes, property taxes, sales taxes, worker compensation taxes, unemployment insurance taxes, insurance taxes, import duties of $18 million annually, fuel taxes, and utility taxes. Nebraska business taxes discourage business expansion and employment. BUSINESS TAX COMPARISONS. Read more »

Minimum Wage = Maximum Damage

NTF Issue Paper: minimumwage1.doc. 7-14. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: THE CASE AGAINST RAISING THE STATE MINIMUM WAGE. BACKGROUND. The current minimum wage in Nebraska is $7.25 per hour, matching the federal minimum wage. Our low state unemployment rate means that few employees for long earn the minimum wage. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals only 32,000 Nebraskans earned the minimum wage in 2012. The initiative to Read more »

CASTLE DOCTRINE NEEDED IN NEBRASKA

NTF issue paper: gunrights7.doc. 5-14. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: CASTLE DOCTRINE NEEDED IN NEBRASKA. BACKGROUND. The Castle Doctrine derives from an old principle in English common law that an individual home is a castle. If attacked, no requirement to retreat. Recall the common phrase, "a man's home is his castle." The State of Nebraska currently does not have a Castle Doctrine to protect citizens and property. Present Read more »

E-VERIFY IS GOOD FOR NEBRASKA BUSINESS

 NTF Issue Paper: illegal100.doc. 2-14. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: E-VERIFY IS GOOD FOR NEBRASKA BUSINESS. BACKGROUND. Recognizing that congressional legislation eventually will make the use of E-Verify mandatory in all states, many employers now are beginning to use this system voluntarily in order to become accustomed to its provisions. Under Senate legislation, companies must examine documents like passport, SS card, drivers Read more »

TAX BURDEN ON NEBRASKA RETIREES

NTF issue paper: taxplan20.doc.  10-13. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: REPEAL INCOME TAX ON NEBRASKA RETIREMENT INCOME.  BACKGROUND.  Nebraska retirees find themselves at a financial disadvantage compared to retirees in other states.   Facing continuing high property taxes, their savings suffer further losses from taxation on retirement income.  Older Nebraskans face state income taxes on their Social Security payments and Read more »