• Home
  • Government Relations

Government Relations & Advocacy


The 2024 Legislative Session will begin Wednesday, January 3

Your 2024 Advocacy Handbook is coming soon ...

Superintendent Pay Resolution - 5/5/23
NASB Resolution on Parent Engagement (pdf)

2023 Legislative Wrap-Up & Summary (pdf)

NASB Bills Page

Watch - Big Issues: What Can The Board Do?
A look towards big issues that will come up in the 2024 Legislative Session like Parent Involvement, Curriculum Changes, Media Material, Transgender Students, Public Comment, & School Safety with Marcia Herring & Colby Coash. 

Key Interim Studies for 2023

Monday, July 31, 2023
LR 147 - Parental Involvement in Public Schools
LR 148 - Use of Federal Funds & the Launch Nebraska website
LR 149 - Social-Emotional Learning in the classroom

Friday, October 20, 2023
LR 247 - Eminent Domain

Tuesday, November 28, 2023
LR 166 - Government-imposed mandates on school districts

Friday, December 1, 2023
Briefing on Title IX - Open to the Public, Invited Testimony Only
LR 220 - School Security
LR 251 - Apprenticeship program sponsors within Nebraska's education system for early childhood care and education

Wednesday, December 6, 2023
LR 158 - Retirement - monitor underfunded defined benefit plans

Other Studies Yet To Be Scheduled
LR 125 - Truancy. LR 129 - Sports officials. LR 144 - School Choice. LR 145 - Period Poverty. LR 152 - Ability to attract and retain qualified superintendents and administrators. LR 170 - Student Journalists. LR 181 - Tort Claims. LR 186 - Valuation of Land. LR 192 - JPA's. LR 228 - Equalization aid to school districts. LR 231 - Tort Claims. LR 235 - Property Taxes. LR 240 - Consolidation of ESUs. LR 246 - MOEC

Advocacy Handbook / Advocacy Handout

Your 2024 Advocacy Handbook featuring NASB's legislative and leadership objectives for the 2024 session and a guide for effective advocacy is coming soon.  This includes what your role is in the legislative process can be, tips for advocacy and engagement, your 2023-24 State Senators, your 2024 NASB Legislation Committee, and NASB's Legislative Resolutions and Standing Positions.

If there is anything you'd like to see added, amended or removed from the handbook in future years, submit your proposal at https://members.nasbonline.org/government-relations/legislative-proposals

What is Your Role?

No one is more qualified to talk about your school district, your community, and your needs related to providing a quality education than you! With your help, NASB is an advocate for public education and local school governance … and YOUR collective voice in the Legislature.

  • NASB strives to serve its members to work as a team with legislators, the Executive Branch and state officials, to share the story of their district/ESU, to advocate for laws and regulations that benefit all of Nebraska’s public schools, lobbying in support of your school board and local control.
  • NASB is guided by a legislative agenda that is developed annually by YOU, initiated with submissions from YOU, and approved at the NASB Delegate Assembly each November by YOU.



79% of Nebraska’s 1,700 locally elected school board members serve at or within 100 miles of where they graduated ... with 51% serving in the district they graduated from. 

As a school board member and community leader, you are in an excellent position to educate and influence the legislative process and are seen as a key resource on education policy for your district.  

We encourage all boards to include a legislative update as part of each meeting and to discuss/share key legislative information within your community. Advocacy is year-round, not just during the session. 

Frequent and bookmark NASB’s Government Relations page for updates and information. Be sure to utilize NASB’s Legislative Notes, videos, bills page and more which summarizes all pertinent items related to public education in Nebraska.

What Can NASB Do for you?

Assist you in preparing testimony, talking points, emails, or Op-Eds; facilitate Senator introductions and meetings in your district or the Capitol; feature your district visits with Senators; brief your board at a meeting in your community; and more ... Just ASK!

Your NASB Legislative Team

Colby Coash - ccoash@NASBonline.org
Associate Executive Director, Director of Government Relations

Matt Belka - mbelka@NASBonline.org  
Director of Marketing, Communications & Advocacy

John Spatz - jspatz@NASBonline.org
Executive Director

Lindsey Wooton - lwooton@NASBonline.org  
Administrative Specialist

Colby_Coash  Matt_Belka_1  JS2020_white  LW_2023_white_sq_500

 *NASB does not endorse candidates and does not make recommendations to members, or anyone, on whom to support for election. NASB may, from time to time, provide opportunities for candidates for elected office to meet with or communicate with its membership. Any NASB event allowing candidates for office to meet or communicate with its membership should not be considered a direct or passive endorsement of any candidate.

Contact Us