Nebraska State Senator Sara E Howard
State Senator Sara E Howard’s office submitted these responses to the American Opioid Podcast on 3/1/2019 9:03:14 AM.
What district of Nebraska do you represent?
Briefly, how would you describe the opioid crisis in your state?
Nebraska is like most other states that have not been immune to the opiod crisis.
What are the two or three most significant bills that have been introduced in your chamber to help alleviate the opioid crisis in your state?
LB 237 (2011), LB 471 (2015), LB 223 (2017), LB 556 (2019)
What was your involvement, if any, in those bills (e.g., introduction, advocacy, vote pledge)?
Have any of the bills passed? If not, why?
Yes. All of the above mentioned bills, except LB 556 which is being considered this year, have passed.
What was the most memorable experience you had while learning about the opioid crisis in your state?
This issue directly impacted my family when we lost my sister Carrie to an opioid overdose in 2009. My mother passed the first PDMP legislation in 2011 when she served in the Legislature and I continued her work during my service in the Legislature. The most important thing I have learned is that this is not a Republican or Democrat issue, it is a state issue.
If you had a magic wand that allowed you to pass any legislation you wanted in order to help alleviate the opioid crisis in your state, what would that legislation look like?
I feel very comfortable with the legislation we have been able to pass in Nebraska. I feel Nebraska has one of the most effective programs in the country.