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Archive for March, 2015

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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