Disability Rights Nebraska's Public Policy Team is prepared to work hard to protect the rights of people with disabilities during the 105th Legislature's 2nd Session. In 2018, we plan to continue our public policy advocacy by providing analyses and testimony on issues that affect the disability community. We respond to “High-Priority” bills with testimony, personal contacts and education, and “Medium Priority” bills with letters, often in conjunction with other disability rights partners. View a complete list of our legislative priorities to learn more about bills that might affect Nebraskans with disabilities.
Unicameral Update article listing the names of the senators appointed to the Special Oversight Committee created by LR 296 to look into conditions at mental health centers.
On April 11, the Nebraska Legislature voted in favor of LR 296, which would establish a special committee to oversee state-licensed health care facilities in Nebraska. This resolution was named a high priority on Disability Rights Nebraska's 2018 Legislative Agenda, and staff attorney, Dianne DeLair, testified at the LR 296 hearing.
The legislature's decision follows the death of a veteran at a Palmer assisted living facility in 2017. According to the resolution's sponsor, Sen. Lynne Walz, a report on the facility's conditions was not acted upon by the Department of Health and Human Services, which was the entity responsible for inspecting state-licensed facilities. The Executive Board will appoint seven members to the State-Licensed Care Facilities Oversight Committee, who will issue a report by the end of 2018.
LB 793, which eliminates an entitlement that prioritized services for high school graduates with developmental disabilities, passed on April 18, 2018. Disability Rights Nebraska's Public Policy Team wrote a letter in opposition to this bill.
LR 296 went to hearing in front of the Executive Board of the Legislature on Feb. 21, 2018. The resolution would create a special committee to look into state-licensed care facilities. Dianne DeLair, senior staff attorney at Disability Rights Nebraska, testified in support of the measure. Read more about it by clicking the title of this article or clicking this link: http://www.disabilityrightsnebraska.org/what_we_do/palmer-ne-lifequest-incidents.html