In 2019, 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. Our public policy work will continue this decade, starting with the 2nd Session of Nebraska's 106th Legislature.
Each year, we publish our Legislative Priorities Chart listing the public policy issues we will be focusing on during the session. The chart consists of three categories:
- "High Priority" legislation receives the most attention from our public policy team. We provide testimony at the hearing, collaborate with policymakers and partners, and educate community members on the issue.
- For "Medium Priority" legislation, we write letters to policymakers, often times in conjunction with other disability rights partners.
- We track the progress of legislation in the "Monitor" category but have decided not to take any action on these bills at the time.
View the 2020 Legislative Priorities Chart to learn more about the legislation Disability Rights Nebraska has prioritized for this legislative session. Visit our 2019 Legislative Updates page for a recap of our work during last year's session, or review our 2019 Legislative Bill Chart for the end-of-session statuses of last year's priority legislation.
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.
On Aug. 11, LB 918, a bill that creates a state Commission on African American Affairs, passed. Disability Rights Nebraska wrote a letter to senators in support of this bill.
On July 31, senators passed LB 944, a bill with several transportation measures. LB 976, a bill that Disability Rights Nebraska testified in support of, was amended into LB 944. LB 976 adds neurological impairment to the list of criteria eligible for handicap parking passes.
On July 31, the Legislature passed LB 44, which will create a bill of rights for victims of sexual assault. Disability Rights Nebraska submitted a letter to senators in support of LB44.
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