On Friday, the Nebraska Legislature’s Government, Military, and Veterans Affairs Committee will convene a public hearing on both LR7 and LB451, legislation related to adding Nebraska to the list of states calling for an Article V Constitutional Convention. We expect among those in attendance to be Mark Meckler, president of Convention of States Action, an out-of-state organization that has for years been spearheading a national effort to trigger an Article V Convention.
Mr. Meckler has been to the State Capitol before — as recently as last year, when LR6, a similar piece of legislation to what is before the current Legislature, was still on the table. You may remember this video, which shares some of the changes Meckler might like to see from an Article V
That includes eliminating federal departments of energy and education, for one. And taking the election of U.S. senators out of the hands of the people, for another. And shackling federal aid to states, which would critically damage Nebraska schools, roads, bridges, and health services, just to name a few.
It’s time to defend the Constitution. Civic Nebraska will be there to voice its strong opposition to both initiatives — and we’re asking you to join us by adding your voice against LR7 and LB451 during the hearing.
What: Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee Hearing on LR7 and LB451
When: 1:30 pm Friday, Feb. 1
Where: Nebraska State Capitol, Hearing Room 1507
If you can’t make it in person, send an email to senators on the committee:
- Sen. Tom Brewer, Chair
- Sen. Carol Blood
- Sen. Matt Hansen
- Sen. Mike Hilgers
- Sen. Megan Hunt
- Sen. Rick Kolowski
- Sen. Andrew La Grone
- Sen. John Lowe
Here is an example script you can use when contacting your elected officials:
My name is_________. I’m a constituent of Senator ________ and I wanted to call/write/email and urge the Senator to stand up for Nebraskans and our voices by opposing LR7 and LB451. I believe an Article V Constitutional Convention is a bad idea because
(Pick one or two messages from above or another reason you are against the legislation.)
Please let the senator know LR7 and LB451 would be bad for their constituents and the entire state of Nebraska. Thank you.
If you can’t make it Friday, please stay on top of this important discussion. You can watch the hearing live here starting at 1:30 p.m. Friday.
See you at the State Capitol.
Director of Voting Rights