URGENT ACTION NEEDED BY NOON JANUARY 11th!

to Support/Oppose Rule Changes

YOUR Voice Needs to be Heard TODAY!

READ BELOW!!

Hello NFFV Family,


Senator Steve Erdman, Chairman of the Rules Committee, has called a hearing for Thursday, January 12, 2023 at 1:30pm in Room 1525 to listen to public testimony regarding proposed rule changes for the coming Legislative session. Both POSITIVE and NEGATIVE rules are being proposed. Your action email to the Rules Committee Senators (see email addresses below) is due by NOON, Wednesday, January 11th!


Why is This Important?

  • Fourteen (14) senators have proposed 55 changes to the rules of the legislature. LIBERAL Senator Megan Hunt has proposed the most changes and has contacted her constituency asking them to “...come testify during the rules hearing and ensure lawmakers hear directly from you, that you value our unique non-partisan institution..." 

Citizens are needed to attend the rules committee meeting OR send emails to make YOUR voices heard!

The 55 proposed rule changes are far too many to list here, but below is the NFFV priority list that warrant YOUR input.

RULES CHANGES TO SUPPORT

REASON

#21 - Eliminate "Present Not Voting" (Forces Senators to Vote on All Bills)

Senators will be forced to vote "yes" or "no" on each bill.

#52 - Senators limited to 12 bills per session

The large number of bills being introduced in the legislature hinders the effectiveness of government.

#53 - Written Votes Shall Be Recorded for Transparency

There will be no more secret voting which is NOT allowed by the Nebraska State Constitution.

RULES CHANGES TO OPPOSE

REASON

#26 - Strikes Opening Prayer

Governmental functions have been opened by prayer, which is a First Amendment right, since Nebraska's founding.

#14 - Firearms in the Capitol for military and law enforcement personnel only (Reduces 2nd Amendment Rights)

Second Amendment rights are a guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States of America.

#30 - Allow Distance Voting (allow absentee voting by Senators)

The legislature is elected to represent the people of Nebraska . Government business takes place at the Capitol.

#45 - Racial Impact Statement for Each Bill

Racial Impact Statements would drastically slow down legislation and make it more costly to do the State's business.

#49 - Redistricting without partisanship

The creation of a new advisory committee promotes more government, as opposed to limited government.

Click here to view all 55 proposed rule changes.


If you are not able to appear at the hearing, which is most preferable, you may also email your opinion to the members of the Rules Committee at the email addresses below.


EMAILS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY NOON ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2023!


CHAIR: Sen. Steve Erdman     serdman@leg.ne.gov    402-471-2616

              Sen. Wendy DeBoer  wdeboer@leg.ne.gov    402-471-2718

              Sen. Elliot Bostar        ebostar@leg.ne.gov      402-471-2734

              Sen. Ben Hansen        bhansen@leg.ne.gov    402-471-2728

              Sen. Teresa Ibach       tibach@leg.ne.gov        402-471-2805

              Sen. John Arch            jarch@leg.ne.gov          402-471-2730 (ex-officio)


Ask that your email be recorded as testimony either in support or opposition to the proposed changes you address.


Thank you,


NFFV Leadership

NEBRASKANS FOR FOUNDERS' VALUES
Board of Directors Team
www.nffv.org