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.
LB 1053 would allow for a Nebraska judge to authorize the use of video, electronic or telephonic technology for certain hearings. Disability Rights Nebraska testified in support of this legislation.
LB376, which was one of our high priority bills during last year's session, advanced from select file on February 1st. The bill would require Nebraska DHHS to apply for a 3-year Medicaid waiver to start a family support program for developmental disability services. Additionally, an amendment would add provisions of one of our medium priority bills from this session, LB1004, which would require DHHS to engage an independent consultant to evaluate our state's developmental disabilities system.
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.