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Megan Hunt

Sen. Megan Hunt

District 8

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January 4th, 2023

Thank you for visiting my website. It is an honor to represent the people of the 8th legislative district in the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature.

You’ll find my contact information on the right side of this page, as well as a list of the bills I’ve introduced this session and the committees on which I serve. Please feel free to contact me and my staff about proposed legislation or any other issues you would like to address.

Sen. Megan Hunt

My colleagues and I have urged Nebraska Attorney General Mike Hilgers to clarify his stance on reproductive healthcare privacy and medical autonomy, in response the to AG’s recent efforts to oppose the Department of Health and Human Services HIPPA Privacy Rule that would protect patients.


Read our full letter below that address our crucial concerns over access to medical records and the prosecution of patients and healthcare providers. Contact Attorney General Hilgers’ office at (402) 471-2683 to urge him to uphold our right to privacy.

Dear friends and neighbors,

Today I was informed by the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission (NADC) that because of a complaint filed by David Begley, I am under official investigation for a conflict of interest for having a trans child and voting against LB574. My colleagues stood up offering me their kind words and disapproval of this complaint.

I don’t need their words. I need their vote. My child needs their vote. Children and families from across our state need their votes. Words are meaningless unless you put action behind them. I will continue to advocate for our children – yours, theirs, and mine – no matter what harassment or intimidation comes my way.

All the best,

This is using the legal system that we have in our state to stop corruption, to increase transparency, and to hold governments accountable and instead use it to harass a member of the Legislature. You can view my comments on this blatant harassment here.

Dear friends and neighbors,

LB 574, a bill that would prohibit healthcare providers from providing gender-affirming care to children, will be heard in the Health and Human Services Committee on February 8th.

Children’s Hospital, an organization that has previously been so vocal in supporting LGBTQIA+ kids, has decided to take no position on the bill. Please consider signing and sharing this letter asking Children to stand up for trans kids on February 8th and always!

You can also read the bill AND submit online testimony (SUPER IMPORTANT!!) Click here to ensure your voice is heard! The deadline to submit and verify a comment for the record is February 7th at 12:00 pm.

All the best,


Testify in Opposition to the LB574

Feb. 8th at 1:30 pm
Room 1510
Health & Human Services Committee

Committee members include Senators: Hansen (chair), Hardin (vice-chair), Ballard, Cavanaugh, M., Day, Riepe, and Walz.

January 25th, 2023
January 25th, 2023
Dear friends and neighbors,

A lot has happened in the first 15 days of the 2023 legislative session. The first of which is that we have moved offices to the 12th floor. To visit my office, you’ll have to schedule a meeting or call (402) 471-2722 to be escorted up since the elevators require an access card to reach our new floor. This is only temporary because of construction in the Capitol. Starting in June, we will be back in a more accessible office on the second floor near the clerk’s office.

Frankly, it’s been a rough start. Before bill introduction even began, this legislative body threw out our norms in favor of partisan goals and blatant power grabs during the election of new committee leadership (view full committee list). The political majority made decisions based on what would benefit them, not the Legislature as an institution, and certainly not the people of Nebraska.

The Legislature then debated internal rule proposals, many of which threatened the nonpartisanship of our institution. Of the 55 proposed changes, three uncontroversial changes were officially adopted along with five technical changes. I will savor this win on the rules debate. It was against all odds, and we beat the most powerful interests in the state. A BIG thank you goes out to everyone who testified, emailed, called, and commented on these changes.

Public hearings on the 812 bills introduced this session have started this week. Keep an eye out for these early hearing dates because several controversial and substantive bills will be heard in the next two weeks. This is the time to be contacting your senator, contacting committee members, and getting your testimony ready! We will hold all-day public hearings from Jan. 30th – Feb. 10th. Beginning on Feb. 13th, things will go back to normal, with floor debate in the morning and public hearings in the afternoon.

A LOT of you have been reaching out, asking how you can help this session, which is amazing. Supporting and following local advocacy organizations is a great way to make sure you don’t miss calls to action or important alerts. Nebraskans for Abortion Access and OutNebraska, for example, will be heavily involved in mobilizing Nebraskans against an abortion ban and against bills that discriminate against the LGBTQ+ community. We will need a lot of help from people willing to testify, attend rallies, or just be physically present at the capitol. There is no wrong way to contact lawmakers — reach out to members of the committee the bill has been referenced to, submit comments online via the Legislature’s website, send an email (and cc me), write a letter, call, and TESTIFY!! There are ways to support bills outside of the Legislature too. You can write a letter to the editor, host mini-advocacy events with your friends or community members, educate your peers on certain bills, and attend advocacy workshops/trainings.

This steady undercutting of the rights of Nebraskans is unacceptable and we will fight it every step of the way. I hold hope for this session because of the advocacy I have seen from countless Nebraskans across the state who are ready to make lawmakers listen to the second house. My office is always here to answer any questions you may have or help you navigate the Legislature. Don’t hesitate to reach out and I hope to see you at the Capitol soon!

All the best,

Come Testify in Opposition to the Abortion Ban!

Feb. 1st at 1:30 pm
Room 1510

The hearing date has been set for LB 626, the extreme abortion ban. Make your voice heard on Wednesday, Feb. 1st in the Health & Human Services Committee. You can also submit comments online here.

There will be a rally and press conference in the Capitol rotunda at 1pm. Be sure to arrive early!

My 2023 Legislative Agenda

Below is a brief snapshot of the 13 bills and 2 constitutional amendments I have introduced. My priorities this year are protecting access to safe and legal abortion in Nebraska, protecting the rights of LGBTQ Nebraskans, particularly trans Nebraskans and LGBT students; and protecting Nebraska’s secure system of free and fair elections.

You can also view every bill I have introduced and co-sponsored here. This is a great resource to find great bills introduced by my colleagues that I am supportive of!

Bills to Watch

Reproductive & Medical 

  • LB626 (Albrecht) Extreme abortion ban
    • Hearing set for Feb. 1st 
    • Come TESTIFY or just be at the Capitol – your presence is vital! 
  • LB422 (Kauth) Exempts doctors from No consequences for providing medical advice that disagrees with the medical consensus
  • LB 606 (Albrecht) Creates a tax credit for donors to “crisis pregnancy centers,” which routinely shame and deceive patients
  • LB810 (Murman) Creates a license to discriminate. Allows health care workers to discriminate and shield them from repercussions (allows insurance companies to refuse payments based on overly broad terminology)


  • Several proposals to regulate the recently passed voter ID ballot initiative have been put forth including LB228 (Erdman)LB230 (Erdman)LB535 (Slama), and LB675 (Day) – my personal favorite is Sen. Day’s. Both of Sen. Erdman’s proposals entirely eliminate mail-in voting for everyday Nebraskans.
    • Government Committee hearing set for Feb. 1st (LB535 only)
  • LB390 (Clements) Limits the early mail-in voting window
    • Government Committee hearing set for Feb. 2nd
  • LB457 (Holdcroft) Requires unfeasible and unnecessary video surveillance of all in-person voting
  • LB764 (Lippincott) Eliminates our ‘blue dot’ aka prohibits the splitting of electoral votes


  • LB371 (Murman) An unconstitutional censorship attempt to put an age limit on drag shows. I have already filed a motion to indefinitely postpone it, which would kill the bill.
  • LB574 (Kauth) Bans families of transgender youth from seeking medically sound, affirming healthcare by punishing doctors who provide care
  • LB575 (Kauth) Bans transgender youth from playing school sports and from using restrooms or locker rooms they feel most comfortable in


  • LB177 (Erdman) Diverts taxpayer dollars by allowing state funds to be used for students attending private schools
  • LB178 (Erdman) Requires all schools to display “In God we Trust”
  • LB374 (Murman) Sweeping education bill includes provisions that could chill classroom conversations related to race and racism
    • Education Committee hearing set for Jan. 31st 
  • LB441 (Albrecht) Overly broad censorship impacting public schools and libraries
  • LB550 (Ballard) Eliminates the open enrollment option that allows any student to apply to attend any public school in the state, regardless of where they live
  • LB753 (Linehan) Creates private school scholarships using public taxpayer dollars
  • LB635 (Albrecht) Censors school library and digital materials
  • LB647 (McDonnell) Allows the use of public taxpayer dollars to be used for the purchase of private school materials
  • LB811 (Murman) Allows for the use of physical force in all classrooms
  • LR24 CA (Albrecht) Eliminates the State Board of Education and requires the Governor to appoint an Education Commissioner
  • There have been several bills introduced to drastically change the TEEOSA school funding, including LB320 (Brandt)LB386 (Linehan)LB475 (Wayne)LB 589 (Briese), & LB699 (Murman). 
    • Revenue Committee hearing set for Feb. 1st (LB589 only) 


  • LR2 CA (Erdman) Eliminate the nonpartisan unicameral, move to a bicameral, partisan body
    • Executive Board hearing on March 9th
  • LB15 (Briese) Exempts youth from the standard minimum wage, subjecting them to a lower one
    • Business & Labor Committee hearing set for Jan. 30th 
  • LB327 (Raybould) Caps future minimum wage increases to no more than 1.5% a year after it reaches $15/hr in 2026.
  • LB343 (Slama) Prohibit state contracts with companies that boycott Israel
  • LB620 (McDonnell) Lowers the age for adult prosecutions to 12 years old

District 8 Events

Testimony Office Hours – Hosted by Planned Parenthood (no rsvp required, drop in anytime)

Student Opportunities – UNO Women & Gender Studies will host educational opportunities for students to attend public hearings and testify before lawmakers, along with a separate legislative workshop to learn about current policy proposals. 

DJ Battle – Hosted by Culxr House and Benson Theatre

  • Celebrate hip hop during Black History Month on Feb. 3rd at 6:30pm, located at Culxr House (3014 N. 24th St.)

Benson Neighborhood Association Meeting

  • 7:00 pm on Feb. 27th at the Benson Baptist Church

Doula Programs – Hosted by I Be Black Girl

Our Office in the News

KMTV – NE State Sen. Megan Hunt attends White House roundtable discussion on abortion rights

The White House – Readout of White House Meeting with State Legislative Leaders on Reproductive Rights

KSNB Local 4 – Nebraska senators adopt rules that will govern the legislature for the next two years

Lincoln Journal Star – Bills banning transgender youth from treatment and participating in sports draw motion to end legislative session

News Service Nebraska – Near-total abortion ban, pregnancy center tax credit could be in Nebraska’s future

Nebraska Examiner – ACLU condemns ‘drag’ show proposal as part of national effort to ‘push LGBTQ+ people out of public life’

Omaha World-Herald – State senators announce new attempt to increase abortion restrictions in Nebraska

Nebraska Examiner – Proposed LGBTQ legislation is workforce recruitment tool, says Nebraska senator

Nebraska Examiner – Nebraska anti-abortion senators proposing ‘heartbeat bill’

Associated Press – Bills seek Nebraska voter ID, would nix most voting by mail

KETV Omaha – Lawmakers avoid early session ‘meltdown’

Omaha World-Herald – Nebraska Legislature extends debate on committee lineups amid accusations of ‘hyperpartisan politics’

Connect with Me

  • Please follow me on FacebookTwitterYoutube, or Instagram to stay up to date with my latest activities.
  • I invite you to visit my office in Lincoln at Nebraska State Capitol. Call my office to coordinate. (402) 471-2722
  • You can watch the Legislature live on NET TV or find NET’s live stream here.

Dear friends and neighbors,

At the start of each biennium, before the Legislature can begin our work to address issues to move our state forward, we must first agree upon internal rules to govern our legislative session. This is a point of contention this year, as the new conservative supermajority has signaled their intentions to alter our rules to sway the balance of power further in their favor and remove the nonpartisan safeguards we have had in place since the inception of the Unicameral. As a defender of our institution, above all else, I am committed to upholding our norms, rules, and procedures – but I need your help.

The public hearing on proposed internal Legislative rule changes has been scheduled for Thursday, at 1:30 pm in Room 1525 of the Capitol. As Nebraska’s Second House, we need to hear from you. If you can, come testify during the rules hearing and ensure lawmakers hear directly from you that you value our unique nonpartisan institution – and that the public deserves more notice and involvement in this process.

There are 52 proposals on the table that have been submitted to the committee. Among them are measures that threaten to eliminate the political balance on the redistricting committee; to make committee executive sessions closed to the media; to change the balance of members on committees; and an arbitrary cap on the amount of bills senators can introduce. One of those measures I’m most concerned about is a proposal that would do away with our 86-year tradition of using “secret ballots” to elect committee leaders. This process has been used since the unicameral was created in order to eliminate partisan pressure on senators and allow them to anonymously make decisions about who is the best person to lead a committee. These efforts are a clear, direct attack on our institution, our unique method of lawmaking, and our long-held traditions.

Don’t be fooled, these attacks won’t stop here. We need your help to protect the nonpartisanship of the Legislature. I hope to see you testifying in room 1525 on Thursday.

All the best,


Come Testify! 

Thursday, January 12th
1:30 pm
Room 1525, State Capitol


List of Proposed Rule Changes

The list includes the top line of each of the 52 proposed rule changes that will be discussed this session. A more detailed list, containing exact wording will be released soon.


Dear friends and neighbors,

Failed Trump-supported Gubernatorial candidate Charles Herbster’s new political action committee is leading the highly partisan effort to scrap a fundamental pillar of our nonpartisan Unicameral: the unique system of electing committee chairs by secret ballot. Secret ballots allow lawmakers to base their votes on their own convictions and the needs of their districts, rather than taking orders from a political party. George Norris, who first advocated for the unicameral system, said that such a body would allow senators to concentrate on local interests without being influenced by national party lines. National party lines, he argued, often have little to do with local government.

Our legislature is not partisan. But it is personal. And that is what makes it unique and effective. There are 49 of us, each of us can introduce as many bills as we want, and each of us can designate our own personal priority bill. Any of us can speak on a bill and offer whatever motion or amendment we would like to on that bill or topic. This arrangement provides for meaningful representation of our constituents in government. We need not filter things through parties or outside forces like egotistical billionaires who are unable to get elected.

We also elect our leadership on a personal basis, in order to maintain some sense of civility. A function of the secret ballot is that if a candidate for a committee chair is not elected, that person need not brood and dwell on it and retaliate against their colleagues throughout the session by looking at the vote score. In other words, the secret ballot is a very pragmatic, yet important feature of our system of electing leadership. There’s always a way to forgive a colleague, move on and continue with the business of the state, instead of in-fighting, partisan or otherwise, within the body.

This is probably news to Charles W. Herbster and his lobbyist, longtime GOP staffer Rod Edwards, but even a casual observer of the legislature would know that most of the committee chairs were not even contested last session.

This proposed change is not about transparency. It’s about dismantling our Unicameral. Legislators are elected as chairs of committees not because of loyalty to a party or their political pedigree. They are elected because of their expertise and familiarity with the committee’s subject matter, the legislative rules, or both. They are elected because they have the ability to facilitate a public body in a meaningful way that lets all sides of various issues be heard and weigh in on policy. They are elected because they are leaders among their colleagues, even those of differing political viewpoints. They should not be elected because Charles Herbster says that they are a ‘good senator.’

If the legislature considers rule changes, tradition, prerogative, and the historical authority of the legislative branch provides that the legislature should actually weigh its merits. And perhaps other elected officials’ opinions may be considered, but the shortsighted and selfish motivations of a perennial self-funded candidate should not be. After all, no one has thought it wise to actually elect Charles W. Herbster to any office, ever. And since he has never been elected to anything, he’s never been elected to serve in the legislature. Of course, he has no understanding or appreciation for our rules, procedures, traditions, or the way that we do things there.

While I suppose money can buy you things like presidential appointments to show committees, along with staff and lawyers to defend yourself against sexual battery lawsuits, they should not be able to buy rule changes in our very unique unicameral government. This is not to say that the legislature should not consider the peoples’ opinions of who we represent when deciding what our rules should be. But, I for one, am not going to be bullied by political hitmen with an arbitrary late September deadline to sign onto some silly pledge.

I encourage my colleagues to reject that effort for what it is: an effort by Charles W. Herbster to try to be politically relevant. He’s never been in the legislature, to my knowledge he’s never even appeared and testified before a committee of the legislature. I don’t think he has any kind of knowledge of our legislative rules, procedures, or traditions. He is simply trying to heckle his way onto the stage of politics in the state.

Voting to eliminate secret ballots means voting to change our legislature into something partisan. Voting to change our system to majority and minority. This rule change does not promote the public interest and it does not promote transparency in the furtherance of the public interest. I took an oath to represent the people of my district, not to represent a party. I am proud to be for this nonpartisan institution and I am committed to protecting it.


July 7, 2022



Blair Hess, Director of Communications, CSG

Cassy Ross, Communications Director, Sen. Hunt


Senator Megan Hunt Selected for Prestigious CSG Henry Toll Fellowship

Forty-eight state leaders were chosen for the annual leadership development program


LEXINGTON, Ky. — The Council of State Governments has announced that Senator Megan Hunt has been selected to participate in the 2022 CSG Henry Toll Fellowship. Bringing together 48 individuals representing 32 states from several sectors of state government, the Henry Toll Fellowship is the nation’s premier leadership development program for state government officials.

“It’s an honor to be recognized as a Toll Fellow among so many visionary changemakers across the country,” Nebraska State Senator Megan Hunt said. “We need fighters in all levels of government and policymaking who are hearing and really responding to the needs and concerns of everyday people. I ran for office because I know that we can do more collectively rather than individually. I believe that when we work together, we can build a stronger future for all of us. I am proud to play a role in finding solutions to build a better, more equitable world.”

Each year, the CSG Henry Toll Fellowship brings up to 48 leaders from all three branches of state government to the CSG national headquarters in Lexington, Kentucky, for an intensive, five-day leadership boot camp. The program’s sessions are designed to stimulate personal assessment and growth while providing priceless networking and relationship-building opportunities.

“While the CSG Henry Toll Fellows come from every region of our nation, from both political parties and all three branches of state government, they share one thing in common— they are all people of purpose with a passion for public service,” said CSG Executive Director/CEO David Adkins, a former Kansas state senator and 1993 Toll Fellowship alumnus. “Toll Fellows are selected based on their demonstrated commitment to solve problems, to work collaboratively to get things done, and their belief that state government can and must be a force for good.”

The CSG Henry Toll Fellowship encourages participants to evaluate and adapt the way they interact with each other and the world around them, providing an opportunity unlike any other in the nation. Providing a variety of exercises and sessions, the content of the program is different each year.

There are more than 1,300 graduates of the Toll Fellowship, which began in 1986. Distinguished alumni include five state/territorial house speakers, three sitting state supreme court justices, ten sitting members of Congress, five sitting governors and 200 Toll alumni currently serving as state/territorial legislators.

“Congratulations to the 2022 Toll Fellows for being selected to participate in the premier state government training program in the country,” said Washington state Sen. Sam Hunt, who serves as CSG National Chair for 2022. “As part of a very selective group chosen from state governments across the country, they are in for a rewarding experience. As a former Toll myself, I know they will sharpen their skills in making government more effective.”

For more information on the CSG Henry Toll Fellowship, visit: or email


About The Council of State Governments

The Council of State Governments is our nation’s only organization serving all three branches of state government. CSG is a region-based forum that fosters the exchange of insights and ideas to help state officials shape public policy. This offers unparalleled regional, national and international opportunities to network, develop leaders, collaborate and create problem-solving partnerships.

For more information about The Council of State Governments, visit


Menstrual Hygiene Product Drive

May 23rd – May 30th 
FiveNine – 6105 Maple Street, Omaha
Join my friends and me at Access Period in alleviating period poverty, which is the lack of access to sanitary products, toilets, menstrual hygiene education, and/or waste management. Lack of access to these period supplies is closely tied to poverty and under-resourced communities. It often results in stress and shame, as well as time lost from school and work. Together we can not only educate our friends and neighbors but have a direct impact through our actions and donations.
Donate pads, tampons, menstrual cups, hygiene wipes, and panty liners by dropping them off at FiveNine (6105 Maple Street, Omaha) anytime this week – in support of Period Poverty Awareness Week (May 23-29). Access Period will also have $15 zippered pouches for sale at FiveNine and each sale provides two months of menstrual products to someone in Omaha.
Your donation will allow someone in our community the opportunity to show up for school, work, or life with the necessities they need for safe, happy periods!
For more information, view the Facebook event here.

Rally at Omaha City Hall on May 3 in support of abortion rights organized by ACLU of Nebraska, Planned Parenthood, I Be Black Girl and the Women’s Fund. Photo credit: Lyndsay Dunn NOISE


On May 2, in a truly unprecedented event, a draft decision on the Dobbs v. Jackson U.S. Supreme Court case was leaked to the public. If that opinion becomes final, it will strike down Roe v. Wade and set back fundamental rights in this country by half a century. It’s important to note this is not yet an official ruling—but in Nebraska, we should prepare for the worst.

If this leaked opinion becomes official and Roe is overturned, it will be up to each individual state to determine whether women have the right to an abortion. Under our current law in Nebraska, abortion will remain legal until 20 weeks, with exceptions for life endangerment or severely compromised health.

However, that could change very quickly. Soon after the Supreme Court ruling becomes official, the Nebraska Legislature will convene for a special session and once again, try to pass a total ban on abortion in our state. Though the legislature successfully blocked a bill to ban abortion this year, we didn’t protect the right to abortion in our state for good. We only bought more time for Nebraskans to organize, unite, and strategize for a future in Nebraska without legal abortion care.

“If the Nebraska Legislature does convene a special session to ban abortion, I can promise that anti-choice politicians will have an uphill battle, because they will have to go through me. ”


While the leak of Justice Alito’s opinion was unexpected, the decision to overturn Roe is not. Far right extremists have been intent on eviscerating federal civil rights protections and regressing the country to an era of forced birth for decades. This outcome is no surprise to the people who have long been working for abortion justice outside the realm of electoral politics, because they never counted on the courts or the Democratic Party to save them.

Of course, voting matters. The ideological balance in the Nebraska Legislature is the only reason Nebraska will not immediately have an abortion ban if Roe is overturned. However, repeated calls to simply vote the problem away—which totally disregard voter suppression laws, those who live and pay taxes in Nebraska but do not have the right to vote, and our current cultural hostility to democracy—ignore how effectively the far right has captured the power of so many institutions outside of the electoral process.

There are many things we must do in addition to voting to change our culture and move the needle toward justice. World Health Organization guidance states that individuals in the first trimester of pregnancy can self-manage a medication for an abortion without direct supervision of a health-care provider. We can expect self-managed abortion to grow more prevalent in years to come, and there are a growing number of resources to learn about the research and efficacy of these methods. In addition to increased education around self-managed abortion and legal protections for those who choose this type of care, local funds for abortion services, including legal defense funds, will play a greater role in our public health landscape. This is infrastructure that abortion justice advocates have been building for decades to protect the right to abortion even when legislators fail to.

Abortion is a right. Abortion is health care.

SEN. MEGAN HUNT “And the decision about whether and when to become a parent does not belong to the government.”

And the decision about whether and when to become a parent does not belong to the government. However we personally feel about abortion, individuals should have the option to make these decisions without political interference. If the Nebraska Legislature does convene a special session to ban abortion, I can promise that anti-choice politicians will have an uphill battle, because they will have to go through me. Whatever the outcome is, we must remember that the power is not in the legislature, in Congress, or even in the courts. The power is with us, our communities, and in our commitment to an ethic of compassion and trust in each other.

Sen. Megan Hunt

District 8
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Lincoln, NE 68509
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