Payday Lending Petitions Gearing Up for November Ballot

IPL is working with OTOC leaders and volunteers for the Payday Ballot Initiative, coordinating volunteer signature gatherers and leading presentations around Omaha.

Kevin Graham leads a presentation at Urban Abbey in February

What is the “Nebraskans for Responsible Lending Campaign”?

A coalition of nonprofits across the state have teamed up to put this issue on the ballot. This requires getting 85,000 signatures of registered voters before July 3, 2020. Within these 85,000 signatures, 36 counties need 5% o their registered voters to sign. Then, if the issue qualifies, it will be on the November 2020 ballot for Nebraskans to vote on.

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Leaders present research and solutions, looking for opportunities at Issue Cafes

Issue Cafe in February provide opportunity for leaders to share research on key issues and develop relationships for lasting change

Mental Health Panel on February 25

Mental Health leaders brought in a panel of mental health agencies and services to begin a conversation about the biggest needs for keeping people with mental illness out of jail. Some of the main issues discussed were lack of or shrinking funding and resources, both from the state and for nonprofits, that makes good programs hard to scale up; shortage of mental health professionals, especially people of color; and difficulties with continuum of care that helps divert people from the criminal justice system, as well as coordinating care as people move throughout the system.


  • Moderator Paul Feilman, mental health activist
  • Ryan Carruthers, CenterPointe
  • Mary Ann Borgeson, Douglas County Commissioner
  • Patti Jurjevich, Region 6
  • Justine Wall, Douglas Co. Correctional Rehabilitative Services Administrator
  • Doris Moore, Center for Holistic Development

Unicameral Update on February 18

Jo Giles from the Coaltion for a Strong Nebraska presented about several bills currently in the State Unicameral related to current issue areas that IPL is helping OTOC leaders work on. IPL is a member of of the Coalition that helps nonprofits learn how to engage elected officials, especially at the Nebraska state level, on policy issues. Learn more about their work here.

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