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Take Action on Monday May 4 on two bills that will affect the future of our Environment!!

May 3rd, 2015

Support LB 423 to increase community based energy projects

 LB 423 would provide a production tax credit for Community Based Energy Development (C-BED) projects. Passage of LB 423 has the potential to lead to the development of many community renewable energy projects in Nebraska. There are several community and wind and solar projects that are waiting to see if this incentive will be put in place before deciding whether to proceed with development. LB 423 represents a positive use of tax policy to incentivize activities that are beneficial to Nebraska and its people.

 C-BED projects have the following requirements:

1. At least 25 % investment in Nebraska materials or resources; and

2. Approval of the local county board.

The investment threshold means that more money will stay in Nebraska, creating more jobs and beneficial economic impact.

County board approval means that there is an opportunity to address siting issues and other local concerns.Read More . . .

Thank You!!Celebration of Community a Great Success

April 28th, 2015

Over 400 OTOC leaders and their guests came to the Hot Shops on Saturday April 25th to enjoy OTOC’s Celebration of Community 2015. The event was lots of fun with great food, E-Creamery Gelato, wonderful jazz music, a superb 300 item silent auction and lots of great people with whom to share the evening.

Thanks for your great support!!!

Suzanne Doupnik and Rebecca Morales were the over all chairs. They had great support from Carol Beaty as chair of Silent Auction and Sponsorships; Margaret Gilmore, Al Howick, Brianne Kemp, Rosie Volkmer and others helped with planning and lots of logistics in transforming the Hot Shops into a great party Hall and Silent Auction venue.

Thanks to our great sponsors who helped defray the cost of the evening so that your contributions through silent auction and purchasing tickets helped raise an essential part of OTOC’s annual budget so that you can continue to organize to make Omaha a community that works for all families.

Mark your calendar for next year:  Saturday, April 16, 2016   6 to 9:30 p.m.


Join 400+ OTOC leaders and friends on Sat. April 25 for OTOC Celebration of Community

April 2nd, 2015

Crowd scene smaller pixelsEnjoy an evening of music, art, delicious appetizers, E-Creamery gelato, cash bar and great conversation with friends on Saturday, April 25 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at the Hot Shops Art Center (13th & Nicholas). You can buy your advanced purchase ticket for $20 from OTOC leaders or reserve your ticket through the OTOC office at 402-344-4401 or You can also purchase your ticket at the door for $25.

Enjoy the silent auction, bidding on art, food and fun experiences

Come to bid on over 300 items including restaurant gift certificates, art work, interesting learning experiences, jewelry, gift baskets and many more items. You will come home from this fun and lively silent auction with some new treasures or experiences to share with friends or family.

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OTOC leaders meet with Governor Ricketts on March 31

April 2nd, 2015

OTOC leaders inside Governor Reception RoomOn Tuesday, March 31, eight OTOC leaders met with Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts to discuss issues of concern to OTOC. These leaders articulated why OTOC  is concerned about several issues including, Medicaid Redesign (LB 472), Driver’s License’s for DACA qualified immigrant youth (LB 623) and efforts to improve behavioral health, prison reform  and address climate change in Nebraska.

Rev. Marshall Johnson framed the meeting by acknowledging that Governor Ricketts opposes two pieces of legislation that OTOC supports (Medicaid Redesign & Driver’s Licenses) but that there are other issues where OTOC would like to work with the Governor and help his new staff learn about community needs including behavioral health, increasing funding for Federally Qualified Health Clinics and climate change.Read More . . .

OTOC Leaders meet with 11 Senators asking for Medicaid Redesign

March 20th, 2015

Mary and Sen StinnerOn Thursday, March 19, nine  OTOC leaders joined leaders from other organizations for a Medicaid Redesign Lobby Day to ask Senators to support LB 472.  OTOC leaders had meaningful conversations with 11 members of the Unicameral:

Sue Crawford – Dt. 45—Bellevue

Ernie Chambers –Dt. 11—North Omaha

Tanya Cook –Dt.13—North Omaha

Jonie Craighead – Dt. 6—West Omaha

Curt Friesen – Dt. 34– Henderson

Burke Harr – Dt. 8–Dundee

Sara Howard – Dt. 9—South Central Omaha

Bob Hilkemann–Dt 4—Northwest Omaha

John McCollister – Dt. 20—Southwest Omaha

Merv Riepe- Dt. 12–Ralston

John Stinner –Dt. 48–GeringRead More . . .

OTOC presents names of 175 Faith Leaders who are supporting LB 472 to the Unicameral

March 18th, 2015

March 17 OTOC leaders at capitolOTOC Faith Leaders joined with Nebraska Appleseed to hold a press conference on March 17, 2015 at the Rotunda of the Capitol to present the names of 175 clergy, women religious and faith leaders who are asking the Unicameral to pass LB 472—Medicaid Redesign.

The Faith Leaders then took the letter to the offices of all 49 Senators and spoke with each Senator or their staff.

What you can do

Will you ask pastors, women religious and faith leaders from across Nebraska to consider signing the letter if they have not yet done so? Click on the link below to see the 175 who have already signed on:Read More . . .

No Final Vote yet on Drivers License Bill, but Sen John McCollister names it a “priority bill”

March 3rd, 2015
Gaspar Lorenzo with Kathleen & Mark backing up

Members of OTOC Immigration Team and Dreamers asked Candidate for Unicameral to support Driver’s Licenses for DACA young adults at October 6 Accountability Session

The Transportation Committee did not make a final vote on Thursday, March 12 whether to advance LB 623 which would allow qualifying young immigrants to apply for a drivers license.  Five of the eight members of the Committee must vote for LB 623 for it to advance to the “general file” where the whole Unicameral would debate the bill.

The deadline for Senators to name their “priority bill” was March 12 and Senator John McCollister  (Dt. 20–Southwest Omaha) named LB 623 to be his sole  “priority bill” for the Session. This designation means that  the bill will get a full hearing before the entire Unicameral if  it gets passed out the Transportation Committee.   Please take take a moment to thank Sen. McCollister for using his single opportunity to name a priority bill on LB 623, thereby making it more likely that the Transportation Committee will give it a final vote.




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HHS Committee votes to advance Medicaid Expansion–OTOC asks faith leaders to sign letter to support LB 472–over 170 have signed on so far

February 23rd, 2015
Rev. Parker tells her story

OTOC Leaders asked candidates for Unicameral to support Medicaid Redesign at Oct 6 Accountability Session

Support Medicaid Redesign that will allow 50,000+ to purchase affordable health insurance

On Tuesday, March 10, the Health and Human Services Committee voted 5-2 to advance LB 472–Medicaid Redesign for consideration by the whole Unicameral. This will once again be a challenging debate and Nebraskans need their faith leaders to weigh in on this important issue.

As of March 12, over 150 Nebraska clergy, women religious and leaders of faith based organizations have signed a Faith Leaders letter asking the Unicameral to support LB 472–Medicaid Redesign Act.  OTOC clergy leaders will convene  a press conference on Tuesday, March 17 at 12:30 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda to present the names of these clergy leaders to members of the Unicameral.

Bishop Scott Barker, Episcopal Diocese of Nebraska, Bishop Brian Maas, Evangelical Lutheran Church of Nebraska, and Rev. Dan Flanagan, Superintendent of the United Methodist Conference in this region have all signed in support of LB 472.Read More . . .

OTOC Death & Taxes Team Seeks support for LB 472–Medicaid Redesign Act

February 19th, 2015

The Health and Human Services Committee will hold a hearing on Wednesday, Feb 25 at 1:30 p.m on LB 472, the Medicaid Redesign Act.  This bill would:

  • Create the opportunity for over 50,000 low income working Nebraskans to purchase health insurance that is currently not affordable to them;
  • Bring more than $1.8 billion of our tax dollars back home to provide health care for tens of thousands of our friends and neighbors;
  • Ensure the health care system works better for Nebraskans, lowers medical costs, and boosts our economy by providing thousands of jobs;
  • Prevent nearly 500 unnecessary deaths each year by closing the coverage gap and allowing people who desperately need medical care to see a doctor

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OTOC supports LB 592 to improve Prison Mental Health & LB 598 on limiting use of prison isolation

February 19th, 2015

The OTOC Mental Health Action Team asks you to call or e-mail members of the Judiciary Committee to support two bills that would improve the care of prisoners with mental health issues. Judiciary will decide whether to advance those bills after a public hearing that will take place on Friday, Feb. 20 beginning at 1:30 pm in Room 1113 at the Capitol. If you want to attend the hearing, E-mail Sarita Penka at

LB 592—Increase and improve Prison Mental Health Care and Re-Entry care

Prison mental health services reform: This bill ensures that inmates with mental illness receive treatment; evaluation within 2 weeks of admission and  evaluation pre-release; track inmates with mental illness post-release, readies commitment proceedings post-release. It also requires notification of local law enforcement before an inmate who is potentially mentally ill and dangerous is released. It also allocates an as-yet unspecified amount of money to improve mental health treatment and re-entry programs for inmates.Read More . . .

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