Secular Coalition for Nebraska Monthly Conference Call

Monday, October 15, 2012 - 16:00 - 16:30
Call In Details: 
530-881-1400 code: 978895


Secular Coalition for America - Nebraska Chapter Conference Call
Call in number: 530-881-1400 Participant Code: 978895
Monday, October 15th at 3pm CT


Welcome Message

  • Who is here and who is not here that needs to be?
  • Agenda available at Nebraska chapter page at
  • Explanation of conference call style and recording
    • No one is required to speak up, but there will be opportunities to do so.
  • Thank you for joining us for the Secular Coalition for Nebraska monthly conference call!
  • The Secular Coalition for America is the only 501(c)(4) lobbying organization representing secular and nontheistic Americans.
  • Based in Washington DC, we are working to make sure that you are heard on Capitol Hill, on the federal level, yet some of the most egregious violations of separation of church and state are being promoted and passed at a state level.
  • The Secular Coalition for America is forming state chapters across the country to bring together secular and nontheistic Americans in each state to lobby on secular issues.


State Government 

  • Capital city is Lincoln
  • Governor Dave Heineman
    • Republican, first elected in 2006, term limited out of running for re-election
  • Nebraska State Senate
    • Unicameral (only American state legislature that is unicameral)
    • In 2012, the State Senate was in session from January 4 through April 18th
    • 49 senators serving 4 year terms
    • There are no formal party alignments or groups within the Legislature. 
    • Nebraska uses a single nonpartisan primary election, in which the top two vote-getters are entitled to run in the general election.
    • 26 seats up for election in November
  • U.S. Senate
    • The election will fill the seat currently held by Ben Nelson (D). First elected in 2000, Nelson will not run for re-election in 2012.
    • Candidates: Bob Kerrey (D) and Deb Fischer (R)
    • Political reports list this race as a toss up
  • U.S. House of Representatives
    • Nebraska's 3 seats in the U.S. house are up for election in November
    • Currently all 3 seats are held by the Republican Party



  • NE LB 461- Would expand religious refusal laws for health care providers.
    NE LB 990 – Would require public school students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance with the phrase “Under God."
  • National issues sweeping the states
    • Reframing discrimination as “religious freedom” or “religious liberty” 
    • Similar authorization of discrimination, this time by medical professionals with “Rights of Conscience” bills
  • Any other issues we should know?

Chapter Model Overview

Wrap Up


Next Conference Call Date and Time

  • November 19th at 3pm CT
  • Same call in number and code


Contact Information

Thank You!


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