Disability Rights Nebraska's Public Policy Team worked hard to protect the rights of people with disabilities during the 105th Legislature's 2nd Session. In 2018, we continued 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 in 2018 to learn more about bills that might affect Nebraskans with disabilities.
On April 21st, AM 990 to LB 529 was proposed in the Nebraska Legislature. Like similar bills and amendments proposed in the past, AM 990 would enact legislation to authorize the use of restraint on students. In response, Disability Rights Nebraska submitted comments to legislators to voice our concern with the proposed amendment.
On April 6, 2021, LB 527 cleared the first round of debate among Nebraska legislators. This bill would require public schools in Nebraska to provide transition students to students with developmental disabilities two years sooner. Disability Rights Nebraska supports LB 527.
Disability Rights Nebraska submitted comments on Nebraska's Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Waivers.
On March 29, LB 247 cleared the first-round of debate among Nebraska legislators. The bill would develop a task force to study the implementation of the 988 crisis hotline established by the federal government last year. Disability Rights Nebraska provided testimony supporting LB 247 at its initial hearing.