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A recent membership survey revealed that the Nebraska Chamber’s legislative activity and updates were very important to 90 percent of the members. Other surveys of State Chamber members found that:

• More than 97 percent agreed the Nebraska Chamber is effective in representing the state’s business community.

• More than 98 percent agreed the Nebraska Chamber communicates effectively and informs members about state and federal issues that could impact the private sector.

When the Nebraska Legislature is in session, the State Chamber’s primary focus is on representing the business community on major issues before the Unicameral. Four registered lobbyists lead the organization’s efforts to educate and inform state lawmakers regarding business interests on key legislation.

The State Chamber keeps its members regularly informed on legislative activities and bills that could affect the business community. State Chamber members receive a weekly Legislative Report – a thorough summary on major bills of interest and recent activity in the Legislature. The State Chamber’s weekly Legislative Service contains specific information on crucial votes, the status on bills before the Legislature, upcoming hearing dates and other pertinent information.

The State Chamber also keeps its members up-to-date through its popular News Update email, as well as with electronic alerts on key votes and issues in the Unicameral. We continue to look for timely and cost-effective methods to keep members well informed on the latest developments and to help them stay in touch with their elected leaders.

The Nebraska Chamber’s Public Affairs Council, comprised of registered lobbyists of member companies and associations, meets every week during sessions to coordinate activity and share information vital to the business community. Local chambers of commerce subscribe to the State Chamber’s conference calls during the legislative session. The State Chamber Annual Meeting, held in the early weeks of the legislative session, allows members to discuss their priorities with the state’s important decision makers.

After state lawmakers conclude their session, Nebraska Chamber members receive a complete summary of the session, a voting record examining key votes of all state senators and information regarding important ongoing issues.

Every autumn, the State Chamber coordinates a series of legislative forums with approximately 30 local chambers of commerce across Nebraska. State senators and legislative candidates are invited to participate in these forums. In addition to updating chamber members on legislative issues, the Nebraska Chamber staff conducts a survey of business leaders.

The State Chamber’s activities are not limited only to the Nebraska Legislature. The staff is in close contact with Nebraska’s federal delegation and their aides. Every spring, the Nebraska Chamber conducts a Washington, D.C. Fly-In, in which any State Chamber may participate. Moreover, in recent years, the Nebraska Chamber has partnered with the Lincoln and Omaha chambers to host the popular Federal Legislative Summit held at the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum near Ashland.

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