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.
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.
On April 6, 2021, LB 527 cleared the first round of debate among Nebraska legislators. This bill would require public schools in Nebraska to provide transition students to students with developmental disabilities two years sooner. Disability Rights Nebraska supports LB 527.
Disability Rights Nebraska submitted comments on Nebraska's Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Waivers.
On March 29, LB 247 cleared the first-round of debate among Nebraska legislators. The bill would develop a task force to study the implementation of the 988 crisis hotline established by the federal government last year. Disability Rights Nebraska provided testimony supporting LB 247 at its initial hearing.