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RG4031.AM:  Raphael P. “Ray,” Powers, 1924-2011

Legislative files:  1979-1980

Omaha, Douglas County, Neb.:  State Senator (9th District)

Size:  2.0 cu.ft.


Raphael P. “Ray” Powers was born in Omaha, Nebraska, on February 21, 1924. He attended Creighton Prep High School, Creighton University and Van Sant Business College. Married on February 20, 1946, to Florence Boyd, the Powers had nine children. Powers was employed by Brandeis Department Stores from 1947-1978, rising from his first job as part-time clerk to the company’s vice president of operations and general superintendent. In August of 1979, Ray Powers was appointed by Governor Thone to fill the unexpired term of the late Bill Barnett, representing the 9th Legislative District, an area that includes most of downtown Omaha and the residential neighborhoods west of downtown. Senator Powers introduced and supported bills relating to alcoholism treatment, the improvement of Omaha, and financial restructuring. Powers resigned his seat in the legislature in December of 1980.


This collection consists of two boxes of manuscript material arranged in two series: 1) Subject Files, 1979-1980; and 2) Legislative Bills and Resolutions Files, 1979-1980. This material relates to Ray Powers’ term in the Nebraska Legislature as the 9th District representative.

Powers’ original filing system was maintained in the organization of the collection. The Subject Files of Series 1 are arranged alphabetically by topic. The Legislative Bills and Resolutions Files of Series 2 are arranged numerically by bill number. Both the subject and legislative bill files contain correspondence from constituents, reports, notes and memos, and position statements. For any particular topic, the researcher should check both series for relevant materials.


Series 1 – Subject Files, 1979-1980

Box 1


  1. Abortion

  2. Accountability Commission

  3. Appropriations Committee

  4. Audits

  5. Banking, Commerce and Insurance Committee

  6. Banking, Commerce and Insurance Committee

  7. Banking, Commerce and Insurance Committee

  8. Banking, Commerce and Insurance Committee

  9. Banking, Commerce and Insurance Committee

  10. Banking, Commerce and Insurance Committee

  11. Banks

  12. Beatrice State Development Center

  13. Budget

  14. Business and Labor Committee

  15. Business and Labor Committee

  16. Business and Labor Committee

  17. Civil Defense Agency

  18. Civil Defense Agency

  19. Compulsory Automobile Insurance

  20. Correctional Services

  21. Credit

  22. Crime Victim’s Reparations Board

  23. Democratic Party

  24. Dentist Salaries

  25. Driver’s Education

  26. Drugs

  27. Education

  28. Election Day Liquor Sales

  29. Electricians and Electrical Contractors Licensing

  30. Energy

  31. Energy

  32. Executive Board

  33. Falstaff Brewing Corporation

  34. Forms Management Center

  35. Furbearer

  36. Gasohol

  37. Governor’s Correspondence

  38. Governor’s Task Force for Government Improvement

  39. Grain Transportation

  40. Grasshoppers

  41. Hearing Impaired, Commission for the

  42. Interim Travel and Expenses

  43. Jaksha Petition

  44. Judiciary Committee

  45. Law Enforcement and Justice Advisory Committee

  46. League of Women Voters

  47. Legislation Quality Committee

  48. Legislative Council Committee meeting schedules

  49. Lobbyists

  50. Lobbyists

  51. Media

  52. Mental Retardation

  53. Miscellany

  54. Miscellaneous Subjects Committee Reports

  55. Motion Picture Fair Competition Act

  56. Motorcycle Helmet Law

  57. National Guard

  58. Native American Survival Program

  59. Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission

  60. Nebraska Alliance of Professional Health Care Organizations

  61. Nebraska Association of Resource Districts (NRD)

  62. Nebraska Bankers Association, Inc.

  63. Nebraska Catholic Conference

  64. Nebraska Conservation Union

  65. Nebraska New Car and Truck Dealers Association

  66. Nebraska Rural Electric Association

  67. Nebraska State Education Association

  68. Nebraska Technical Community Colleges

  69. Nuclear Energy

  70. Omaha Public Power District

  71. Orientation

  72. Penitentiary

Box 2


  1. Postsecondary Education

  2. Public Works Committee

  3. Racing Commission

  4. Racism

  5. Regionalism

  6. Road Development

  7. “Rule of 78’s”

  8. Rules

  9. Safety Committee

  10. School District Organization

  11. Sewage Sludge and Paunch Manure Management Plan, Omaha

  12. Small business

  13. Solar Energy

  14. South Africa

  15. State Employees Pay

  16. Taxation

  17. Unemployment Compensation and Insurance

  18. University

  19. Usuary

  20. Water

  21. Water

  22. Water

  23. Women

Series 2 – Legislative Bills and Resolutions, 1979-1980

Box 2


  1. LB35, Welfare Funds

  2. LB60, Public Radio

  3. LB61, Subdivision Lot Size Increase

  4. LB69, Multi-Bank Holding Companies

  5. LB108, Coverage of Bargaining Units for Post Secondary Educational Institutions

  6. LB184, New Veterans’ Home

  7. LB221, Raising Legal Drinking Age

  8. LB228, Retired Teachers Supplementary Benefits Fund

  9. LB261, Supreme Court Judicial District Reorganization

  10. LB276, Accountants

  11. LB306, Joint Tenancy Access Bill

  12. LB308, Revolving Credit

  13. LB314, Building and Loan Association Branches

  14. LB318, Unemployment Benefits

  15. LB361/722, Gas Tax

  16. LB382, Laetrile

  17. LB389, Displaced Homemaker Centers

  18. LB405, Stock Saving and Loans

  19. LB422, Insurance Requirements

  20. LB423, Natural Resources Commission

  21. LB454/460, Utility Ombudsman and Rates

  22. LB483, Adoption Records

  23. LB486, Aid to Education

  24. LB491, Bank Facility Bill

  25. LB496, Securities

  26. LB498, Real Estate Filing Requirements

  27. LB525, Group Homes

  28. LB612, Lottery

  29. LB619, Studded Snow Tires

  30. LB621, Commercial Code

  31. LB622, Property and Alimony Settlements

  32. LB623, Unlawful Employment Practices

  33. LB628, County Sheriff

  34. LB632, Pasteurized Milk Law

  35. LB637, Gasohol

  36. LB646, Insurance for Alcoholic Treatment

  37. LB647, Homestead Exemptions

  38. LB651, Alcoholism Treatment Program

  39. LB663, Displaced Homemakers Service Centers

  40. LB684, Drug Advertising Commission

  41. LB704, Public Transportation

  42. LB714, Insurance Adjusters

  43. LB719, Employment Security Fund

  44. LB732-745, Penalties for Selling Alcohol to Minors-Alcohol Abuse Program

  45. LB738, Dry Bean Resources

  46. LB740, Energy Conservation

  47. LB741, Obsolete Statutes

  48. LB765, Special Education Programs

  49. LB775, Child Care Tax Credit

  50. LB786, Auctioneer Licensing

  51. LB789, Aid for Dependent Children

  52. LB800, Unemployment Compensation

  53. LB813, School Buses for Public Transportation

  54. LB820, Motor Vehicle Licensing Board

  55. LB823, Security Guard Licensing

  56. LB824, Community Colleges

  57. LB843, Public Power Districts

  58. LB847, Nurse Licensing

  59. LB849, Boxing

  60. LB853, Waste Disposal

  61. LB862, Land Reutilization Authority

  62. LB865, State Chartered Savings and Loans

  63. LB882, Property Tax

  64. LB890, Drivers’ Education

  65. LB891, Abortion

  66. LB895, Insanity Defense

  67. LB899, Interest Rates

  68. LB905, Pensions & Individual Retirement Accounts

  69. LB906, No-Fault Motor Vehicle Insurance

  70. LB912, Securities

  71. LB914, Surplus Property Disposal

  72. LB933, Sanitary and Improvement Districts

  73. LB934, Insurance Licenses

  74. LB939, Racing Commission

  75. LB943, Unemployment Benefits

  76. LB943, Unemployment Benefits

  77. LB943, Unemployment Benefits

  78. LB944, Motor Vehicle Liability Insurance

  79. LB947, Removal of Persons from Public Property

  80. LB954, Energy Conservation

  81. LB961, Motorcycle Helmet

  82. LB972, Corporation Dissolution

  83. LB986, Community Redevelopment

  84. LB993/994, Claims

  85. LB995, State Employees’ Salary Increase

  86. LB998, Per Meal Diem for State Troopers

  87. LB1002, State Aid Appropriations

  88. Legislative Resolutions



Douglas County (Neb.) — History

Legislation — Nebraska

Liquor laws — Nebraska

Nebraska. Legislature, 1979-1980

Omaha (Neb.) — History

Politics — Nebraska

Powers, Raphael P. “Ray,” 1924-2011


08-06-2007   Revised TMM