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 976, a bill that would "Redefine handicapped or disabled person for purposes of handicapped or disabled parking permits," was amended into an omnibus transportation bill on March 6th. On February 26th, Disability Rights Nebraska testified in support of LB 976. On March 6th, the omnibus bill, LB 944, advanced to Enrollment and Review for Engrossment.
Read more about the omnibus transportation bill and the provisions it includes in the Unicameral Update Article.
On Feb. 27, the Government, Military, and Veteran Affairs Committee discussed LR292CA - a bill that would require voters to present a photo of themselves at the polls on Election Day. Read the Unicameral Update article for more information.
Disability Rights Nebraska opposes LR292CA and will submit a letter of opposition to Nebraska senators.
Yesterday, the Urban Affairs Committee discussed a bill that would expand parking permits to individuals with neurological disorders. At the hearing, nobody testified against LB 976 and the committee took no immediate action on the bill.
Disability Rights Nebraska supports LB 976, and Public Policy Director, Brad Meurrens, testified in support of the bill at the hearing.