Membership surveys have noted that the Nebraska Chamber’s legislative activity is very important to over 90% of the members.
That is why all year long, the State Chamber works hard to be the voice of the Nebraska business community before the Nebraska Legislature and other policy making officials.
During the first four to six months of the year – when the Nebraska Legislature is in session – the State Chamber is focused primarily on representing the business community at the Nebraska Legislature. Four registered lobbyists lead the organization’s efforts to educate and inform state’s lawmakers regarding business interests on key legislation.
As each legislative session progresses, the State Chamber keeps its members informed on day-to-day legislative activities through the Chamber’s weekly Legislative Report, a summary on major bills of interest and recent actions in the Legislature. The Chamber’s electronic News Update and e-mail alerts on key votes also help keep our members informed about developments that could affect them.
The State Chamber’s Public Affairs Council, comprised of registered lobbyists of member companies and associations, meets every week during the legislative session to coordinate activity and share information vital to the business community. Local chambers of commerce are updated via the Nebraska Chamber’s regular telephone conference call when state lawmakers are in session. And the State Chamber’s Annual Meeting allows Chamber members to connect with state lawmakers and participate in important discussion panels.
After lawmakers conclude their session in Lincoln, State Chamber members receive a complete summary of the session, a record of key votes taken by state senators, and information on legislation impacting business.
Every autumn, the State Chamber coordinates a series of legislative forums with between 30 and 35 local chambers of commerce. Staff members from the Nebraska Chamber travel the state to visit inform local chamber members on business-related issues and legislation. In addition, the staff conducts member surveys and invites state senators and legislative candidates to participate in the forums.
The State Chamber’s activities are not limited to the Nebraska Legislature. Nebraska Chamber is affiliated with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, as well as the National Association of Manufacturers. Our staff is in close contact with Nebraska’s federal congressional delegation and their congressional aides in Washington, D.C. When issues arise, the State Chamber is able to work with broad-based coalitions to address specific concerns.
"Here at Union Pacific we are dues paying members of the State and Local Chamber of Commerce organizations all across the West. Besides the fact that the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry is in Union Pacific's home state, they are also one of the most effective organizations we belong to. On the important issues to grow our economy, and protect our strong Business climate, the Nebraska Chamber provides a strong and effective voice for Nebraska employers in the state capitol."
Scott D. Moore
Union Pacific Railroad