Be An Advocate (2023 Advocacy)

Use Your Voice

BE AN ADVOCATE

At the Nebraska Legislature

USE YOUR VOICE

BE AN ADVOCATE

At the Nebraska Legislature

Your voice matters, and there is no more powerful force than when allies for gender justice join together and advocate for all. Reach out to your state senator and encourage them to support issues that are important to you! If you have lived experience or expertise but aren’t sure how to engage in the policymaking process, contact us—we are here to support you in your advocacy!

HOW TO ADVOCATE

You can make a difference—if you have five minutes or five hours. Make that time count by sharing your perspective, expertise and experience on issues that are important to you. Use your voice today to hold elected officials accountable.

Submit an Online Comment

The Nebraska Legislature has provided a way for folks to weigh in on issues—an online form. Find the bill you care about, click “submit comments online” and share your lived experience or copy resources from our site!

Call Your State Senator

When you call a senator’s office, you might speak with a staff member initially. It is important to share your perspective with the staff member, as they are responsible for briefing the state senator on legislative issues.

Email Your State Senator

Email can be as simple or as detailed as you’d like. If your message includes a substantial amount of research or facts, you might consider putting your full message into a formal letter that you can attach to the email.

HOW LAWS ARE MADE

Hundreds of bills are introduced during the first 10 days of each legislative session with only some making it into law. While the process can be difficult to track at times, we’ll keep you up to date and let you know when your voice will be most impactful. Learn more about this process.

NEBRASKA LEGISLATIVE BILLS
IMPACTING GENDER JUSTICE

Economic Security

LB 35 (Introduced)

 Invests in the workforce by supporting affordable child care.

LB 57 (In Committee)

Adopts the Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Act.

LB 84 (Introduced)

Maintains increased access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

LB 58 (In Committee)

Provides a sales and use tax exemption for diapers.

  • Introduced by: Senator John Cavanaugh
  • Committee: Revenue Committee
    • Hearing date: January 26, 2023

LB 187 (Introduced)

Requires appointment of counsel for tenants in eviction proceedings.

LB 248 (Introduced)

Prohibits discrimination based on lawful source of income under the Nebraska Fair Housing Act and creates the Landlord Guarantee Program.

LB 270 (Introduced)

Changes provisions relating to the Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act and rental registration ordinances.

LB 175 (Introduced)

Adopts the Residential Tenant Clean Slate Act.

LB 545 (Introduced)

Extends time for tenants after an eviction.

LB 15 (In Committee)

Reduces the minimum wage for youth.

Freedom From Violence

LB 11 (Introduced)

Provides clarification for household pets in domestic abuse protection orders.

LB 315 (In Committee)

Protects survivors from debt collectors.

  • Introduced by: Senator John Fredrickson
  • Committee: Judiciary Committee
    • Hearing date: January 25, 2023

LB 757 (Introduced)

Changes requirements for applications under the Nebraska Crime Victim’s Reparations Act.

LB 759 (Introduced)

Notifies survivors of pending expiration of a protection order.

LB 183 (In Committee)

Allows low-income petitioners in name changing proceedings to avoid paying fees

  • Introduced by: Senator John Cavanaugh
  • Committee: Judiciary Committee
    • Hearing date: January 25, 2023

LB 758 (Introduced)

Creates the Sexual Violence Review Act.

LB 488 (Introduced)

Adopts the Sexual Assault Emergency Care Act to ensure survivors get the care they need.

LB 77 (In Committee)

Allows carrying of concealed handguns without a permit.

  • Introduced by: Senator Tom Brewer
  • Committee: Judiciary Committee
    • Hearing date: January 26, 2023

Sexual Literacy and Reproductive Health

LB 626 (In Committee)

Bans abortion at six weeks.

LB 606 (Introduced)

Provides tax credit for donations made to anti-abortion centers.

LB 75 (In Committee)

Provides for review of incidents of severe maternal morbidity.

LB 12 (In Committee)

Creates the Nebraska Human Breast Milk Bank.

LB 13 (In Committee)

Requires coverage of human breast milk under Medical Assistance Act.

Advocate for Abortion Access in Nebraska

Everyone deserves the right to decide if, when and how to become a parent. We cannot allow more restrictions to pass that stand in the way of pregnant people and the health care they need. 

Additional Bills that Impact Gender Equity

LB 574 (In Committee)

Bans gender-affirming care for trans youth.

LB 575 (Introduced)

Bans trans youth from sports and schools.

LB 56 (In Committee)

Adopts the Diaper Changing Accommodation Act.

LB X (Introduced)

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  • Introduced by: Senator X
  • Committee: TBD

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