Last legislative session, we analyzed hundreds of new bills and sorted civil rights priorities into our top categories. As bills are introduced during this year's legislative session, we will share which bills we have identified as top priorities or top threats. As state senators face key issues, we need them to make the right choices and your advocacy can help.
Arrests for something that is legal and decriminalized in states across the country create unnecessary racial bias and financial waste. In Nebraska, aggressive enforcement of low-level offenses has unnecessarily funneled thousands of people - primarily young people of color and particularly Black people – into our criminal legal system. We must update legislation to reflect that and reduce charges and sentencing related to marijuana possession and decriminalize possession entirely.
By legislation or by ballot, we also need to catch up to our sister states and legalize full adult use of marijuana and ensure legalization is paired with reforms addressing the longstanding harm marijuana enforcement has created for communities of color. Legalizing marijuana, while vital, is not enough to remedy the harms of decades of War on Drugs policies.
About this series
These lists are not exhaustive and only reflect bills we've identified as top priorities or top threats from the 2021 legislative session that have carried over into the new year. We encourage you to find your senator and tell them your priorities.