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106th Legislature, 2nd Session

106th Legislature, 2nd Session

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. 

While the First Session of the 108th Legislature is complete, there’s still a lot of activity, especially around Interim Studies. Public Policy Director Brad Meurrens provides a short summary of what happened with a few of the bills on our priority list and what happens next.

Jenny was matched with Disability Rights Nebraska because of her interest in advocacy and worked with Public Policy Director Brad Meurrens at our office. She speaks of her experience testifying on LB 424.

Welcome to chronicle. This is world autism awareness day. We also just wrapped up national disability awareness month, so we are exploring the challenges still facing some of our most vulnerable children and adults with special needs and disabilities. You know, nearly 250,000 Nebraskans have some sort of developed mental, intellectual, or physical disability. That is almost 13% of the state’s population. Many need an advocate who will step in and fight for them. Some have no voice at all. But what happens when the people who vow to protect and care for them betray that trust? This morning we are talking with Disability Rights Nebraska about safe, inclusive classroom. We will get their take on seclusion and restraints.

RTBS Nebraska Audio Companion (Podcast) - Community Conversations - Brad Meurrens (Disability Rights Nebraska) 03-31-23

Join Cami Carleigh as she talks with Brad Meurrens, Public Policy Director, on current legislative bills.

Brad Meurrens, public policy director at Disability Rights Nebraska, testified in support of the bill. The overlap between disability and homelessness is significant, he said, and nearly one quarter of individuals experiencing homelessness have a physical, intellectual, developmental or mental disability.

Testifying in opposition to the bill was Brad Meurrens of Disability Rights Nebraska. He said the proposed reasonableness standard is too subjective and could lead to increased use of physical restraint, which is used disproportionately against students with disabilities.

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