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:
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 .
The NSLHA Board is seeking your input about how to enhance the services and support provided to audiologists, speech-language pathologists and students through membership in your state association. Please send us your feedback by Nov. 1st.
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.
The Nebraska Speech-Language-Hearing Association has experienced several recent legislative and regulatory advocacy accomplishments, and wanted to share with you the ongoing work being done for members in our state. Listen to this recording for more information.