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Press Release: Senator Megan Hunt Introduces Bill to Limit Inquiries into Immigration Status

Lincoln, NE— 1.22.19 — Today Senator Megan Hunt introduced LB502, legislation that would limit the ability of law enforcement to inquire about the immigration status of individuals unless required by state or federal law. The purpose of the Limited Immigration Inquiry Act is to improve public safety by removing barriers that discourage immigrants from reporting crimes. According to a nationwide survey of prosecutors conducted by the ACLU and the National Immigrant Women's Advocacy Project (NIWAP), fears of deportation and immigration consequences have caused some immigrants to stop reporting crimes such as domestic violence, theft, and child abuse.

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Press Release: Senator Megan Hunt Introduces Bill to Provide Emergency Contraception to Sexual Assault Survivors

Lincoln, NE— 1.22.19 — Today Senator Megan Hunt introduced LB555, a bill to require emergency rooms to provide information about emergency contraception to all victims of sexual assault, and to dispense emergency contraception immediately upon request. Emergency contraception refers to a concentrated dose of hormone found in many regular birth control pills that can prevent pregnancy when taken shortly after unprotected intercourse. It does not cause abortion.

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Press Release: Senator Megan Hunt Introduces Bill to Raise the Tipped Minimum Wage in Nebraska

Lincoln, NE— 1.17.19 — Today Senator Megan Hunt introduced LB400, a bill to increase the “tip wage” for Nebraskan workers for the first time in 28 years, to 50% of the state minimum wage. The new wage would take effect on January 1, 2020, and would initially increase the wage to $3.60 per hour, and then to $4.50 per hour on January 1, 2021. “Nebraska’s ‘tip wage’ ranks significantly behind our neighboring states and leads many Nebraskans to seek employment and opportunities in other states,” Hunt said. “Colorado, Iowa and South Dakota all have a higher ‘tip wage’ than Nebraska. But the ‘tip wage’ in the Cornhusker State has been $2.13 an hour since 1991 – even as inflation continues to rise.”

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Press Release: Senator Megan Hunt Introduces Legislation to Ban Conversion Therapy for Minors in Nebraska

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Deena Keilany Senator Megan Hunt Introduces Legislation to Ban Conversion Therapy for Minors in Nebraska Lincoln, NE— 1.11.19 — Today Senator Megan Hunt introduced LB168 and LB167 to ban the practice of conversion therapy for youth. LB168 classifies the practice as child abuse and LB167 bans organizations from advertising or providing conversion therapy to individuals under eighteen years of age.

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Press Release: Senator Megan Hunt Introduces Legislation to Increase Local Control in Election Administration

Lincoln, NE— 1.11.19 — Today Senator Megan Hunt introduced LB163 to allow polling precincts in all Nebraska counties to administer their elections using a vote by mail standard. Currently, counties with populations greater than 10,000 do not have the option of conducting vote by mail elections. Senator Hunt’s proposed legislation would remove this population cap, expanding local control and allowing 26 Nebraska counties to assess their own needs and make decisions informed by local data.

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Press Release: Senator Megan Hunt Introduces Legislation to Amend SNAP Eligibility Requirements

Lincoln, NE— 1.11.19 — Today Senator Megan Hunt introduced LB169, legislation that increases access to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. Under current statute, an individual with three or more felony convictions for possession or use of controlled substances is ineligible to receive SNAP benefits. LB169 removes this restriction. The bill also allows people with three or more felony convictions for the use of a controlled substance to qualify for SNAP if they participate in a substance abuse program. The intent of the bill is to remove a major barrier to successful reintegration for formerly incarcerated people, while also reducing hunger for individuals and their families that are affected.

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Press Release: Senator Megan Hunt Introduces Legislation to Repeal the “Tampon Tax”

Lincoln, NE— 1.11.19 — Today Senator Megan Hunt introduced LB170, legislation that would exempt menstrual hygiene products such as pads, tampons, menstrual cups, and other comparable products from state sales and use taxes. Taxes on these products are often referred to as the “tampon tax.” People who menstruate are more likely to be low-income earners or experience homelessness, and for this population a tax on menstrual products can be burdensome or even prohibitive. This legislation would make menstrual products a little more accessible to those that need them.

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Press Release: Senator Megan Hunt Introduces Legislation to Ban Nonconsensual Pornography

Lincoln, NE— 1.11.19 — Today Senator Megan Hunt introduced LB164, legislation that would prohibit the sharing of sexual images or videos without the consent of the depicted individual, an act commonly referred to as nonconsensual pornography or “revenge porn.” Often times perpetrators are vengeful ex-partners or opportunistic hackers. Violation of the law would be a Class I misdemeanor for the first offense and a Class IV felony for any and all subsequent offenses. This would provide victims with a means for legal recourse and deter individuals from perpetrating the act. The bill is a part of Senator Hunt’s agenda to modernize Nebraska’s laws.

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