How to be the Legislature’s ‘Second House’

What to expect when testifying at the Legislature, how to shape testimony, the most effective way to contact state senators, and ways to conduct innovative and effective communication campaigns.


As our unicameral Legislature returns next week, so too must its watchful “Second House.” That’s us – the people of Nebraska. On July 18, Collective Impact Lincoln hosted a virtual Community Builder Workshop for those eager to learn about how to effectively connect and engage with our state leaders.

“Even during a pandemic, Nebraskans can speak out and have their voices heard at the state level on the issues that affect their neighborhoods and communities,” Collective Impact Lincoln Director Nancy Petitto said. “We were glad to share ways to make that happen and also learn from one another’s experiences.”

The Legislature suspended operations in mid-March due to continued concerns of COVID-19 infections. Senators briefly returned to approve emergency appropriations to address the virus, but have not convened since late March. They are expected to return to the statehouse Monday, July 20, to wrap up the last 17 days of the current session.

Collective Impact Lincoln organizers shared what to expect when testifying at the Legislature, how to shape testimony, the most effective way to contact state senators and discuss innovative and effective communication campaigns.

We’re the “Second House” – and we all can advocate for stronger neighborhoods and communities by engaging our state leaders. Thanks to everyone for participating in a very relevant, engaging, and informative Community Builder Workshop.

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