With the deaths of George Floyd in Minnesota and James Scurlock in Nebraska prompting a critical dialogue about policing and racial equity in our communities, the Judiciary Committee of the Nebraska Legislature will hold a pair of listening forums to hear from members of the public.
The forums will allow the public to speak directly to lawmakers tasked with oversight of our state’s justice system. People are encouraged to share their experiences, concerns and ideas about change.
“Nebraskans have had the opportunity to express themselves through public demonstrations over the past two weeks,” said State Sen. Steve Lathrop of Omaha, Judiciary Committee chairman. “Now we are providing an opportunity to appeal directly to elected officials.”
The Omaha session will take place Monday, June 8 at the Scott Conference Center in Aksarben Village. The Lincoln session will be held Tuesday, June 9 at NET, Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Station. Both events will be live-streamed on NET and broadcast live on NET World. See below for specific event details.
At the request of the venues and out of respect for public health, masks are required at both events. Space at the venues will be limited in order to maintain social distancing in alignment with the governor’s directed health measures. Due to ongoing renovations at the Capitol and limited space for social distancing in our hearing rooms, we were unable to hold these forums in the Capitol. Because the Lincoln venue is particularly small, anyone who is able to attend the Omaha event is encouraged to do so.
Depending on crowd sizes, individuals may also be asked to limit their speaking time so the committee can hear from as many people as possible. In the interest of public health and safety, people are asked to comply with all city and state health and emergency measures, both inside and outside the venues.
Monday, June 8, 9 a.m.
Scott Conference Center
6450 Pine St.
* Note: While this venue is larger than the Lincoln venue, we might still have an overflow crowd. After speaking, attendees are asked to consider making room for anyone still waiting outside. Parking is available in Lot 9 directly south of the venue.
Tuesday, June 9, 9 a.m.
NET, Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Headquarters
1800 N. 33rd St.
* Note: Enter through east doors. Due to venue size, only a limited number of individuals will be allowed into the studio at a time.
A link to the live-stream for each event will be posted on the NET website, netnebraska.org, and can also be accessed before the event by visiting nebraskalegislature.gov and clicking on the “Live Video Streaming” link.