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Nebraska State Legislature - District 15

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    Lynne M Walz

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Does Nebraska need to change its method of redistricting? Why or why not?

Do you feel there is a need for voter ID? If so, why and how should it be implemented?

How should the problem of prison overcrowding be handled?

Does Nebraska need a paid family medical leave program? Why or why not?

Should there be increased restrictions on money in politics? Why or why not? What specific restrictions would you support?

What is your plan to ensure Nebraska’s infrastructure and economy are stable during and post pandemic, such as COVID-19?

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Occupation Former Teacher at Fremont Public Schools; Realtor and Partner with Don Peterson and Associates.
Education Arlington High School, 1981; Midland Lutheran College (B.A. in Elementary Educations), 1994.
Current Public Office, dates held Nebraska Legislature, District 15 since 2017
Address 1717 Parkview Dr, Fremont, NE 68025
Marital Status Married
Age 57
Volunteer experience Salem Lutheran Church Children's Ministry, Fremont Kiwanis, Low Income Ministry.
Nebraska should look at new ways to redistrict. It is not fair for politicians to draw lines for themselves or their friends. No matter what political party you belong to, free and fair elections are key to our democracy. District lines should be drawn in a nonpartisan way that excludes current and former elected officials, lobbyists, and party leaders to give the power back to the people.
There is no evidence that voter fraud is an issue in Nebraska or in the United States. It's an unnecessary regulation to fix a problem that doesn't exist. Voter ID makes it harder for people to vote, especially minorities, low income families, young people who move around a lot, and elderly people. We should be encouraging more people to participate in the democratic process.
This is a complex issue with no easy solution. Our number one priority is public safety. Violent offenders that have high risk of recidivism should remain in prison. However, we need to look at ways to help non-violent offenders receive rehabilitation and training through drug courts, job programs, or other means instead of throwing them in jail. This could help us lower our prison population and expand our workforce and tax base.
I've supported family medical leave and will do so again. Right now, we are seeing the perfect example of why it's needed. Workers should be able to take care of themselves or an immediate family member without having to worry about losing their job or pay check. Businesses will profit more in the long-run by having a healthy and productive workforce. We need to work with businesses and workers to come up with the best model for everyone.
Until Citizens United is overturned or there is a constitutional amendment, there isn't a lot we can do. Our first priority should be to restrict dark money groups that don't disclose their donors. Elections should be based on merit, not money. That would be a good first step toward making our elections more honest and transparent for voters.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, I've been talking with businesses and workers about what is needed to keep our economy afloat. I think most people agree, the health and safety of our community is the number one priority right now.

We will have a lot to deal with over the next year or more in helping people get back to work. We will also have to deal with the challenge of keeping our schools strong for kids, rebuilding our needed infrastructure, keeping our healthcare system strong, and much more on a lower budget. I'll be a nonpartisan leader who will work to get things done for people in these trying times.