Nebraska Legislative Watch

A PROJECT OF NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM

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:

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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] Read more »

TIPS FOR THE 2015 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: Health & Human Services, Judiciary, and Education Committees and cut spending in the 2nd & 3rd. Spending rises, because senators want to pass […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] Read more »

2014 UNICAMERAL LEGISLATURE INTERIM RESOLUTIONS

NTF worksheet: legwatch127.doc. 4-14. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM WORKSHEET: 2014 UNICAMERAL LEGISLATURE INTERIM RESOLUTIONS. GOOD RESOLUTIONS: LR 520: Davis. To study expense problems for law enforcement in western NE since Colorado legalized sale and recreational use of marijuana. LR 534: Mello. To examine how patent trolls and their greedy attorneys try to shake down NE […] Read more »

LB 1058 Weakens NE Influence in Presidential Elections

NTF worksheet: legwatch 125.doc. 3-14. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM WORKSHEET: STOP THE NATIONAL POPULAR VOTE BILL (LB 1058) IN THE LEGISLATURE. BACKGROUND. Certainly no Nebraska voter would want California or New York to select our next President despite our wishes. However, the National Popular Vote (NPV) compact would force state electors to pledge to cast […] 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 […] Read more »

ALTERNATIVES TO LB 887, NEBRASKA OBAMACARE BILL

NTF Issue Paper: legwatch118.doc. 1-14. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: ALTERNATIVES TO LB 887, THE NEBRASKA OBAMACARE BILL. BACKGROUND. Liberal state senators, led by Sen. Kathy Campbell, have introduced LB 887, the Wellness in NE (WIN) Act bill. This bill seeks to improve the health of and coverage for uninsured Nebraskans, reduce the per […] 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 […] Read more »

HELP STOP OBAMACARE IN NEBRASKA

NTF Issue paper: legwatch113.doc.  3-13. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: STOP MEDICAID EXPANSION IN NEBRASKA. BACKGROUND.  Liberal state senators have introduced several Medicaid expansion bills in the 2013 legislative session.  Their purpose is to either impose ObamaCare offerings on Nebraska or to simply expand Medicaid to include more people, making more citizens dependent upon […] Read more »

Reform the CIR

This issue currently is before the Nebraska Legislature.  Encourage your state senator to support the amendment supported by Governor Heineman and business leaders. Read more »

Here are relevant historical issues:

Contract with Nebraska Taxpayers
Hogs at the Trough-State Senator Subsidies
Scrutinize State Investments
Nebraska Vehicle Taxes
Senators who increased our state gas tax