2015 Checklist for Nebraskans to track and take action on bills/resolutions in the Unicameral.

Susan coverShown below is a checklist of things to help you track and participate with your Legislature. Please let me know if there is anything else you would like to see added to the list:

1.  Sign up for the free weekly publication “Unicameral Update” by calling 402-471-2788 or emailing uio@leg.ne.gov    Mark the bills/resolutions you want to support/oppose and add them to the free “Bill Tracker” service (see #2)

2.  Sign up for the free Bill Tracker service  http://www.nebraska.gov/billtracker/    Once you enter the Legislative Bill/Resolutions numbers it will automatically send you an email alerting you to activity on that bill/resolution.

3.  Check on any bill/resolution by entering the number in the search box http://www.nebraskalegislature.gov/index.php

4.  Put your state senator’s phone number on speed dial and email in your address book.  http://www.nebraskalegislature.gov/senators/senator_list.php  OR this list   https://thesusansmithshow.wordpress.com/2015/01/24/2015-nebraska-unicameral-senators-phone-numbers-and-email-addresses/

5.  Take 30 minutes to look over the Nebraska legislature website.  The various page links of information is shown on the left hand side of the homepage.  www.nebraskalegislature.gov

6.  Now that you are set up, ask senior citizens and other adults in your family, friends and neighbors if they would like you to help them get signed up for the publication/bill tracker.  See if they want to act on bills you are following.

7.  Committee Information and Public Hearing Schedules (ask others to send emails/calls)  http://www.nebraskalegislature.gov/committees/standing-committees.php   Legislative Floor Session Calendar/Agenda: http://www.nebraskalegislature.gov/calendar/calendar.php

8.  Try to get someone to video the public hearings so you can post Youtube videos of it later to share.  TIPS for Tesifying/Emails: http://www.nebraskalegislature.gov/about/testifying.php

9.  Watch or record/DVR the Unicameral floor sessions and public hearings on NET2 TV (Cox Cable Channel 16), or webstream it live at www.nebraskalegislature.gov

10.  Sign up with local Nebraska groups who track legislation and send alerts when action is needed like Nebraska Taxpayer’s for Freedom – NTF/Project Immigration and Nebraskans Advisory Group or click the follow link at www.TheSusanSmithShow.wordpress.com

11.  When sending emails to a COMMITTEE (see example below) be sure to 1) send it BEFORE the Public Hearing begins (usually 1:30pm) – try to get it there by 9am – 10am so they have time to list it, copy it for all members and get it to the committee members before the public hearing begins.  2)  send to the Chairman and all Committee Members 3) You MUST write the words in the Subject line “ENTER INTO RECORD and the BILL/RESOLUTION   4) include your name, address and phone number  5) if you have relative reference article links add them at the end and 6) be polite and concise.

EXAMPLE:      MY LETTER TO COMMITTEE MEMBERS in support of VOTER I.D. LB 111

TO:   jmurante@leg.ne.gov ; tgarrett@leg.ne.gov ; jcraighead@leg.ne.gov

mgroene@leg.ne.gov ; tlarson@leg.ne.gov;  bmccoy@leg.ne.gov

dbloomfield@leg.ne.gov;  mhansen@leg.ne.gov

SUBJECT:  ENTER INTO RECORD Support for LB 111

Dear Chairman and Committee Members:

I’m in support of Voter I.D. requirements contained in LB111 and hope you will advance it to the floor for a full debate and vote.

Voter fraud is an established fact based on documented cases reported around the country, the best reference to this is the article link below by the RNLA Republican National Lawyers Association who cite many cases of voter fraud.

I question the argument made by opponents that not everyone has proper I.D because it’s impossible to conduct even basic business (to the point of getting a library card) without proper I.D.  We can not allow the integrity of our election system to be compromised Voter I.D. would protect my vote from being cancelled by those who may abuse the system.

Thank you for your time and consideration in this matter.

Sincerely, Susan Smith,  Address and Phone #

The RNLA Republican National Lawyers Association cite many cases of Voter Fraud.   http://www.rnla.org/votefraud.asp

DOI undercover agents showed up at 63 polling places last fall and pretended to be voters who should have been turned away by election officials; the agents assumed the names of individuals who had died or moved out of town, or who were sitting in jail. In 61 instances, or 97 percent of the time, the testers were allowed to vote. Those who did vote cast only a write-in vote for a “John Test” so as to not affect the outcome of any contest. DOI published its findings two weeks ago in a searing 70-page report accusing the city’s Board of Elections of incompetence, waste, nepotism, and lax procedures.   http://watchdog.org/123576/voter-fraud/

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