Nebraska Family Alliance

2018 Voter Guide

State Legislature District 32

Laura Ebke

Laura Ebke (Libertarian)

A note about the candidate:

I've enjoyed - for the most part - my first 4 years in the legislature. I believe that the experiences I've had, and wisdom I've gained in those 4 years give me an insight that will make me even more effective in the next 4 years. Ultimately, I think I have something more to give.

Laura Ebke:

Candidate's Website: https://lauraebke.com/

Laura Ebke:

Oppose

Senator Ebke responded: "While I don't think anyone should be discriminated against, I generally oppose adding ANY protected classes to Nebraska's statue."

Laura Ebke:

Oppose

Senator Ebke responded: "As a former School Board member, I believe that local school boards are best situated to determine the appropriate curriculum for their students, in consultation with parents and local citizens. State based requirements or mandates of any type just add to the costs of local schools--a bad thing (in my view) in an era when property taxes are of paramount concern."

Laura Ebke:

Senator Ebke responded: "I neither inherently support nor oppose tax credits or voucher programs. I support educational choice, but (again) in an era when property taxes are of great concern, we would need to tread carefully. I have seen some plans which I could support - and some which I couldn't."

Laura Ebke:

Support

Senator Ebke responded: "I am assuming that by 'loss of government funds' this is referring to government contracts. Obviously, if a faith based organization is providing a service according to the terms of a contract, they should not lose their funding because of their faith basis."

Laura Ebke:

Oppose

Senator Ebke responded: "I oppose Medicaid expansion at this point primarily because I believe that it will require money from the General Funds which will then be unavailable for any sort of property tax relief. I understand, however, the real problem with medical coverage that some have."

Laura Ebke:

Oppose

Senator Ebke responded: "I generally oppose public funding of these entities, and I certainly oppose funding for those activities. That said, I believe that any decisions ought to be made after full hearings on the issues - some of these entities may be providing other services which provide some value to people in their area, and to totally deny funding if there are not other entities available to pick up the slack, may not be good public policy in the long run."

Laura Ebke:

Support

Senator Ebke responded: "To the extent recognized by the Supreme Court. While I am personally pro-life, and would never be able to consider abortion as an option, I am also not eager to get the state into any more litigation in this area."

Laura Ebke:

Oppose

Senator Ebke responded: "We are clearly constitutionally prohibited from legalizing casinos in Nebraska."

Laura Ebke:

Senator Ebke responded: "Keno and Lottery are currently allowed forms of gambling under our constitutional framework. As one who has never gambled (even keno or lottery) I am somewhat agnostic on this - while I fully understand the dangers of allowing credit cards to be used."

Laura Ebke:

Oppose

Senator Ebke responded: "While I wouldn't say 'never' to this possibility, I think we need to see better what effects legalization has had on other states. I don't think Nebraska is prepared to go down this path, yet."

Laura Ebke:

Support

Senator Ebke responded: "Cannabidiol (Epidolex) has been approved by the FDA. Tightly controlled medical marijuana may be a legitimate means for relieving pain and suffering that allows some to avoid opioids or surgery."

Laura Ebke:

Senator Ebke responded: "With the Obergefell v Hodges decision, the Supreme Court has already essentially changed the definition of marriage."

Laura Ebke:

Senator Ebke responded: "I am not opposed to state-certified ID before voting, however, I am concerned about how it would function in an era when more and more people are voting by mail (in some counties of the state, that's the sole form of voting). I suspect that there could be legal actions with respect to 'equal protection of the laws' if those showed up at the polling place were asked to show ID, but ballots were just sent to homes of registered voters who didn't have to prove who they were."

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