In 2017, Disability Rights Nebraska continues to advocate for individuals with disabilities in the legislature. Throughout Nebraska's 105th Legislative Session, we have actively provided analyses and testimonies on issues that affect the disability community. View our 2017 Legislative Priorities to learn more about Disability Rights Nebraska's public policy interests and efforts.
LB368, which would repeal Nebraska's motorcycle helmet requirement, was stalled and is unlikely to be on the agenda again during this legislative session. Disability Rights Nebraska opposes this bill. "Unequivocally, relaxing or repealing Nebraska's helmet law is bad public policy," said Disability Rights Nebraska's Public Policy Director, Bradley Meurrens, in a letter in opposition to LB368, "If passed it would reverse decades of low injury and fatality rates for Nebraska's motorcyclists."
The legislative session is full of both expected and unexpected twists, turns, and developments. It is the place where advocacy is preached, prized, and practiced. Senators, advocates, lobbyists, and concerned citizens propose and respond to new ideas, and much more. Public Policy Director Bradley Meurrens talks about this past legislative session.
According to disability policy researchers, states might want to consider revisiting their policies on restraint and seclusion for students with disabilities. Currently, there are not any federal mandates regarding the issues of restraint and seclusion, which contributes to an inconsistency in related policies among the states.
Public Policy Director, Bradley Meurrens, discusses disability rights advocates' involvement in the legislative process. Meurrens explains why it is important for citizens to reach out to their legislators and provide their perspectives on policy.