Disability Rights Nebraska's Public Policy Team is prepared to work hard to protect the rights of people with disabilities during the 1st Session of the 106th Legislature. In 2019, 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. Additionally, we help inform the public about the legislative process in Nebraska and upcoming legislation that may affect people with disabilities.
View a complete list of our legislative priorities to learn more about the bills that we are interested in this legislative session.
Learn more about Nebraska's legislative process or recap last year's session by visiting our 2018 Legislative Updates page.
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.