Disability Rights Nebraska's Public Policy Team worked hard to protect the rights of people with disabilities during the 1st Session of the 106th Legislature. This session, we provided analyses and testimony on issues that affect the disability community. We addressed “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 helped inform the public about the legislative process in Nebraska and upcoming legislation that may affect people with disabilities.
View our updated Legislative Bill Chart to see the statuses of our priority bills at the end of this session.
Learn more about Nebraska's legislative process or recap last year's session by visiting our 2018 Legislative Updates page.
On February 6, LB230, a bill that restricts the use of room confinement for juveniles, passed. Disability Rights Nebraska wrote a letter in support of the bill.
LB 933, a bill that would change provisions related to the discontinuation of utility service, was amended into an omnibus natural resources bill that passed on August 13. Disability Rights Nebraska wrote a letter in support of LB 933.
On August 12, the Nebraska Legislature voted unanimously to make changes to a program that will help employed people with disabilities retain services and supports. Disability Rights Nebraska listed this as a high priority bill and worked with Sen. Crawford, Easterseals NE, and The Arc of Nebraska to bring LB323 to the legislature. We also wrote a letter to senators in support of the bill when it was on General File.