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Legislature - District 05

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  • Gilbert Ayala
    (R)

  • Mike McDonnell
    (D)

Biographical Information

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

How should the problem of prison overcrowding be handled?

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

Should there be increased restrictions on money in politics? Why or why not and what specific restrictions would you support? (Online only)

Does Nebraska need a paid family medical leave program? Why or why not? (Online only)

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Current Public Office, dates held Nebraska State Senator Legislative Dist. 5 January 2017-Present
Past Public Office, dates held Nebraska State Senator Legislative Dist. 5, January 2017-Present
Education Masters in Public Administration Bachelors in Criminal Justice Associate Degree in Fire Protection Technology
Military experience None
Volunteer experience Knights of Columbus Council 10184 Saint Thomas More Festival Committee
Yes! I would like to adopt a more nonpartisan approach similar to what the State of Iowa has done. We could use a nonpartisan state agency and an outside advisory commission to draw the districts.
Reducing recidivism will reduce overcrowding. I introduced 2 bills this year that will help accomplish this. LB 1096 will be a private public partnership to teach skilled trade classes, to people within 18 months of being released from prison. LB 1097 will double the size of the current young adult court, which is a problem solving court. This court works with people age 18-26 to help with employment and addressing other issues to keep them out of the Nebraska prison system.
No!
Yes! I believe there should be limits on the amount of money individuals and organizations can spend on political campaigns. Based on not letting an individual or organization have more political influence.
Yes! I believe Nebraska workers should receive paid leave to deal with their own serious health conditions, and mothers should receive paid maternity leave following the birth or adoption of a child.