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NSLHA Legislative Update and Survey

The Nebraska Legislature has 18 new state senators. To assist NSLHA with advocacy and legislative efforts, please take a few minutes to complete this survey about any contacts or relationships that you may have with Nebraska's state senators. This is very helpful as opportunities arise to work with senators on various issues impacting speech-language-hearing services.

The Nebraska Legislature kicked off last week with the election of a speaker and committee chairs. Senator Galen Hadley (District 37 - Kearney) was elected Speaker of the Legislature and Senator Bob Krist (District 10) was elected Chair of the Executive Board. Standing Committee Chairs are as follows:

  • Agriculture - Senator Jerry Johnson (District 23)
  • Appropriations - Senator Heath Mello (District 5)
  • Banking, Commerce and Insurance - Senator Jim Scheer (District 19)
  • Business and Labor - Senator Burke Harr (District 8)
  • Education - Senator Kate Sullivan (District 41)
  • General Affairs - Senator Tyson Larson (District 40)
  • Government, Military and Veterans Affairs - Senator John Murante (District 49)
  • Health and Human Services - Senator Kathy Campbell (District 25)
  • Judiciary - Senator Les Seiler (District 33)
  • Natural Resources - Senator Ken Schilz (District 47)
  • Nebraska Retirement Systems - Senator Jeremy Nordquist (District 7)
  • Revenue - Senator Mike Gloor (District 35)
  • Transportation and Telecommunications - Senator Jim Smith (District 14)  
  • Urban Affairs  - Senator Sue Crawford (District 45)

View the full roster of committees and members.

January 21, 2015 was the last day of bill introduction. The NSLHA Legislative Affairs Committee members will be meeting with NSLHA's lobbyist to review the list of bills and identify priority issues that impact you and your clients.

All introduced bills will have a public hearing. For reference, the legislative floor action and committee hearings can be viewed online through live streaming. You can also watch live legislative floor action on your local public NET television channel (for Lincoln, this is channel17).  As always, bills and amendments will also be posted on the Legislature's website, under the Search Current Bills application .

News & Announcements

  • NSLHA's Schools-Based Issues Committee is working on behalf of members by developing SLI verification guidelines, telepractice guidelines, will be addressing workload/caseload issues, and met on December 12th with the Nebraska Department of Education to discuss continuing education requirements for SLPs wanting to work in Nebraska as well as universal licensure.

  • Utah State University is conducting a study to learn more about school psychologists’ and school-based audiologists’ and speech-language pathologists’ knowledge of ASD and confidence in providing school-based services with this population. If you work in a school setting, please complete this brief survey by mid-March. Participants will be entered in a separate drawing for the chance to win one of two $50 Amazon gift cards.

  • Free onsite and distance continuing education conference for professionals.

  • Hear the State of the Association address from 2017-18 NSLHA President Marc Brennan.

  • NSLHA's vision is to be the leading voice and partner in promoting speech, language, hearing, balance, swallowing and related disorders in Nebraska, and to be an expert in advocating for the rights and interests of persons with communication disorders. Join or renew your membership today.

  • A major role that state associations play is as an advocacy organization. Associations monitor proposed legislation, identify bills that may have a positive or negative impact on the field of communication sciences and disorders and the individuals we serve, and develop advocacy agendas to address those bills. A large unified voice such as a state association can be key to successful advocacy.