Legislative Updates


NSEA Legislative Update – January 27, 2015

In This Update:

  1. Session in Full Swing; Hearings Begin for all Bills
  2. Education Committee Hearing Schedule for Jan. 26th
  3. Register Now: NSEA Legislative Dinner – Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Session in Full Swing; Hearings Begin for all Bills

This past Wednesday was the last day for bill introductions in the Nebraska Legislature.  More than 660 bills and four proposed constitutional amendments were introduced during the first 10 days of the 90-day session.

Your NSEA government relations team worked to have nine proposals introduced by senators. They cover a number of issues important to you, including: increasing professional development for educators; reducing class size; improving mental health resources for schools; expanding tuition reimbursement programs for teachers seeking special endorsements in AP; and career academy type programs.

LB 185 (Bolz)

NSEA Bill: Appropriate funds to implement the Master Teacher Program Act. Appropriate $1M to fund rule 22 program previously defunded.

Support

LB 239 (K. Haar)

NSEA Bill: Provide for a Coordinator for Educator Effectiveness and educator evaluation. Provide for collaborative development and evaluation program.

Support

LB 274 (Hansen)

NSEA Bill: Appropriate funds to the State Department of Education for mentor teacher programs.  Appropriate $2.5M for mentor teacher stipends.

Support

LB 435 (Cook)

NSEA Bill: Adopt the Time to Teach and Time to Learn Act. $15M class size reduction; $10M instructional time grants administered by NDE for equalized and nonequalized school districts.

Support

LB 438 (Morfeld)

NSEA Bill: Change distribution of sales and use tax revenue and create and provide for a fund. Education Trust Fund.

Support

LB 443 (Bolz)

NSEA Bill: Redefine support services for purposes of the Special Education Act. Use of funds for mental health issues.

Support

LB 447 (Nordquist)

NSEA Bill: Change provisions relating to the Class V School Employees Retirement Act. Provides for OSERS Board of Trustees to have authority to make investment decisions, hire director of OSERS and legal counsel reports to Board.  Also changes selected of employee members to be elected by the plan membership.

Support

LB 509 (Cook)

NSEA Bill: Change and eliminate provisions relating to a poverty allowance under the state aid formula.

Support

LB 589          (Pansing Brooks)

NSEA Bill: Provide for allocation of the Nebraska Education Improvement Fund as prescribed.  $3M tuition reimbursement program for education endorsements in career academy, early childhood, and mental health counselor related fields.

Support

If you have an interest in testifying at the public hearing on any of these bills, contact our government relations team and we will coordinate your appearance at the hearing.

Click here for short list of proposals we have identified as having either a positive or negative impact on education in Nebraska. We will add and subtract from this list as the 2015 Legislative Session moves forward.  Enter the bill number at http://nebraskalegislature.gov/ in order to see the actual language of the bill on the unicameral website.

 

Education Committee Hearings for Week of Jan. 26

These bills will be heard in the Education Committee this week, beginning Monday and Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.:

Monday, Jan. 26:

LB 109 by Sen. Crawford – Change residency requirements for veterans attending a public college or university – NSEA Position: Monitor.

LB 239 by Sen. K. Haar – (NSEA Bill) Provide for a Coordinator for Educator Effectiveness and educator evaluation – NSEA Position: Support.

LB 54 by Sen. Scheer – Change provisions relating to postsecondary education statewide transfer-of-credit policies – NSEA Position: Monitor.

LB 144 by Sen. Davis – Reduce levy authority of community colleges and increase state aid to community colleges – NSEA Position: Monitor.

Tuesday, Jan. 27:

LB 303 by Sen. Bloomfield – Authorize schools to adopt a child sexual abuse policy – NSEA Position: Monitor.

LB 371 by Sen. Sullivan – Create and provide duties for the Nebraska Council for Educational Success – NSEA Position: Monitor.

LB 49 by Sen. Scheer – Provide for allied school systems – NSEA Position: Monitor.

 

Register Now: NSEA Senators Dinner – Tuesday, March 3

The NSEA Legislative Dinner is set for Tuesday, March 3, at the Champions Club, directly west of Memorial Stadium.  The reception is at 5 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m.  Entrée choices are beef, chicken, salmon or vegetarian.  There is no cost for the dinner; mileage will be paid.  For those traveling farther than 120 miles, arrangements can be made for hotel and substitute cost.  

Please contact us with any questions.  Get your name in before your legislative district is full!  RSVP with your entrée choice to Cathy Schapmann (cathy.schapmann@nsea.org) or Jan Anderson (jan.anderson@nsea.org) or call them at 800-742-0047.