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Nebraska State Legislature - District 17

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  • Joni Albrecht

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    Sheryl Lindau

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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 Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands: Leadership Team 2007 – 2015
Education BA Political Science UNL MPA UNO
Past Public Office, dates held NE State College Board of Trustees 1994 - 2004 Mayor of Wayne 1994-2004 City of Wayne Councilmember 1986 – 1994
Volunteer experience Big Sister volunteer 2007 - 2015
Address 1226 Sunset Drive Wayne, NE 68787
Marital Status Divorced
Age 67
Yes To remove political gerrymandering from the process of redrawing district lines after a new census. I would support the current ballot initiative which would take that authority away from the legislature and give it to an independent commission.
Cut prison sentences for drug crimes/offer treatment for more minor drug offenses as an option. Give judges greater discretion in sentencing. Allow more prisoners to reduce their sentences through credit for good behavior. Send more foreign inmates back to their home country.
Yes. Paid family leave offers security to employees during significant life events and gives them the peace of mind that they are not in jeopardy of losing their jobs. It can also have a positive effect on infant and maternal health, reducing rate of infant mortality and stress and depression in mothers. It also helps employers because it can increase employee morale, productivity, and labor force attachment once the employee returns to work.
Yes. The Citizens United decision has resulted in unprecedented campaign spending and introduced dark money into our elections. I support disclosure to identify donors to Super PACs and to limit the amount of individual donations. I support the LWV’s efforts to establish a public finance system of elections.
The federal government has identified 16 critical infrastructure industries in response to the COVID-19 emergency necessary for public health and safety and community well-being. State and local level decision-making to combat this crisis must include a plan to ensure their continued operation. The workers needed to maintain these critical infrastructures must be prioritized and given the support they need to continue to work during periods of community restriction, social distancing or closure orders. The health and safety of the public must be the overriding concern of public officials during this crisis. Public/private partnerships to address shortages and provide a safety net for those hit hardest by the crisis will be key until the economy can begin a return to normalcy. State and local government must continue to press the federal government for the support they need to help individuals and families pay their bills and give businesses a path survival.