Eagle Forum Newsletter February 23, 2019 by Kathy Wilmont

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Eagle Forum Newsletter
February 23, 2019 by Kathy Wilmont
Kwilmont@atcjet.net 308-340-3987

LB165 (Hunt) Education committee 2/26 Hearing – Adopt the Too Young to Suspend Act -The purpose is to prohibit early childhood education in kindergarten students from being suspended or expelled from school except in very limited circumstances. Oppose Ed Committee Chair: mgroene@leg.ne.gov

LB 492 (Wayne) Urban Affairs Committee 2/26 Hearing – Adopt the Metropolitan Transit Authority Act – According to this bill, passenger, truck and pedestrian traffic on streets in metropolitan areas here in Nebraska are causing severely congested situations that are hazardous to the lives and property of pedestrians and individuals traveling in private and public vehicles. This bill continues efforts to move people from private transportation to public transport. Oppose
Chair: jwayne@leg.ne.gov

LR8CA (Linehan) Revenue Committee 2/27 Hearing – this resolution is for an amendment to the state constitution to place limits on increases to property taxes. We recommend reading the resolution and weighing in through written testimony. For land owners and farmers, this resolution may not be a solution to the ever increasing property taxes. Chair: llinehan@leg.ne.gov

LB 132 and LB 133 are both scheduled for hearing 2/27. Judiciary Committee. Both bills would result in lessening penalties for criminal action. LB 132 would change penalties for certain felonies committed by persons under the age of 19. LB 133 Changes provisions related to structured programming and deferral of parole. Criminals would not be required to face the consequences of their behavior. Oppose

LB 369 (Vargas) will be heard 2/28 (Judiciary Committee) if passed, this will tie the hands of jails, law enforcement agencies and the Nebraska State Patrol. These agencies would be mandated to provide public notice before entering into agreements to enforce federal immigration law. Oppose

LB 54 (Lowe) Judiciary Committee will be heard 2/28. This bill changes provisions to carrying a concealed weapon. Places into statute the ability to transport a firearm if the firearm is unloaded in any case. The case is also defined. Support

LB 689 (Cavanaugh) Judiciary Committee 3/1 Hearing If passed, Landlords or sellers would be prohibited from discriminating based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and citizenship status would be a protein protected class. Oppose

Judiciary Committee: tbrandt@leg.ne.gov; wdeboer.leg.ne.gov; slathrop@leg.ne.gov; amorfeld@leg.ne.gov ; ppansingbrooks@leg.ne.gov; jslama@leg.ne.gov; jwayne@leg.ne.gov
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LB 401 (Quick) This bill is the Adopt the Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Compact. According to the bill, this would promote development and implementation of improvements to intercity passenger rail service in the Midwest, coordinate interaction among midwestern state elected officials and designees on passenger rail issues and promote development and implementation of long range plans for high speed rail passengers service in the Midwest and among other 13 regions of the United States. Just exactly what you’ve been wanting to spend your tax dollars on, I’ll bet! Among other things, a commission would be established for individuals to work out all the details and partnerships with various state and other entities. Just what we need. More bureaucracy. Given the population explosion we’re having here in Nebraska, I’m sure no one would be able to get around the state or nation without this high speed passenger rail. The hearing is March 5 with the Transportation/Telecommunications Committee. Oppose Here are two articles that expose the absurdity and expense of such ideas: Trains, not planes? The Green New Deal’s rail controversy and California’s high-speed rail is still on. But how can it move forward? If we can get high-speed passenger rail everywhere…perhaps we can ban automobiles and reduce our “carbon footprint” that Al Gore and others are so concerned with. Committee members: cfriesen@leg.ne.gov; sgeist@leg.ne.gov; jalbrecht@leg.ne.gov; bbostelman@leg.ne.gov; mcavanaugh@leg.ne.gov; wdeboer@leg.ne.gov; mhilgers@leg.ne.gov; dhughes@leg.ne.gov Recap of Unicameral action this week:

Vigorous testimony was heard at the Tuesday hearing of LB 161 to eliminate Learning Communities. A target population of learning communities is for families and children as young as 3 months old. Testimony revealed the annual budget for the learning communities in Douglas and Sarpy County is approximately $10.2 million per year. Study results published by those learning communities, reveals very little to no progress has been made by students over the past 10 plus years. In addition, we found it startling when a testifier stated that while touring a Learning Community site, she observed students being “studied” by UNL students remotely via monitor. What type of studies? Where parents informed? Did parents give permission? Where does that data go? Parental and student rights and privacy must not be violated. Students should not be treated as “laboratory subjects”. Nor should taxpayers be required to finance children being used as “guinea pigs” for educational studies. Continue to contact senators and ask that this legislation be passed. We must stop the waste of our tax dollars. LB 498, introduced by Sen. Wishart, was heard on Friday. Senator Kavanaugh was openly contentious with an individual who opposed the bill. If passed, this bill pours more money into family planning, providing birth control, IUD’s and would also obligate coverage of any damaging side effects. Health and Human Services committee. Oppose If you have not submitted your comments, we still encourage you to express your opposition to each of the committee members. Committee members are: showard@leg.ne.gov; jarch@leg.ne.gov; bhansen@leg.ne.gov; dmurman@leg.ne.gov; lwalz@leg.ne.gov; mwilliams@leg.ne.gov; mcavanaugh@leg.ne.gov
Always include your name, mailing address; specify whether you support or oppose the bill AND request that your written testimony be included in the official record of the hearing. Remember: Your statement must reach their offices before 5:00 p.m. the working day prior to the hearing. We suggest sending a separate e-mail for each bill to all of the Committee members.

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