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 May 23, the legislature gave final approval to LB 15, which requires most health insurance plans to pay for hearing aids for Nebraskans younger than 19. Disability Rights Nebraska's Public Policy Intern, Olivia Versaw, testified in support of this bill.
Senators passed LB600 yesterday, which extends a time frame for the authority of the deputy public counsel for institutions from 12 months to 24 months. Disability Rights Nebraska supported this bill.
LB 642, which would create the Brain Injury Trust Fund, was amended into LB 481. Yesterday, LB 481 advanced to Final Reading. Disability Rights Nebraska wrote a letter to senators in support of LB 642.
On May 21, a "pull" motion to bring LB 147 to the floor passed. The bill would allow teachers to use "reasonable physical contact" to protect a student, school staff, or others from "imminent physical injury." The bill would also grant teachers immunity from lawsuits unless their use of physical contact was flagrant, reckless, or used in gross negligence. Disability Rights Nebraska strongly opposes LB 147.