What’s Up in the Unicam?

It's Easy to Stay in Tune with Proceedings!

The Nebraska Legislature plays a key role in everything you do. From funding to curriculum, from the bus barn to the lunch room, action by state senators can touch what public school employees can do and what and how students learn.

Thus it is imperative that Nebraska teachers know what happens inside the legislative chambers. It is just as important that NSEA members let state senators know of their concerns about actions that affect public schools in a negative fashion.

It's so very easy to be in the know! Here are some simple methods for staying on top of the issues and for contacting senators when the time is right:

  • Become a cyberlobbyist. Add your name to NSEA's e-mail list to receive regular legislative updates. To become an NSEA cyberlobbyist, email Cathy Schapmann at: cathy.schapmann@nsea.org
  • Call the NSEA. Call toll-free at 1-800-742-0047. An experienced NSEA team watches the legislative process closely.
  • Read The Voice. NSEA's monthly magazine keeps members on top of the latest legislative happenings.
  • Scan the Internet: Follow the progress of any legislative bill through the Legislature's website at: www.nebraskalegislature.gov
  • Call the Legislature. Receive the Legislature's weekly newsletter, Unicameral Update, by calling the Legislature's 24-hour Request Line at 1-402- 471-2877. You may also request limited copies of bills, resolutions or amendments, but you must provide the bill number of any legislation you wish to receive.
  • Talk to your senator. There is no better way to affect legislation than to get to know and talk to your senator. Most senators return home on weekends and set up meetings with constituents. Meet with senators at such opportunities. You can also e-mail your senator through the Legislature's home page at: www.nebraskalegislature.gov

Or you can e-mail your senator through a link on NSEA's website at: www.nsea.org
Finally, write your state senator! Simply address the envelope with the senator's name and district, and complete the address with State Capitol, P.O. Box 94604, Lincoln, NE 68509-4604.