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 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.
On March 29, LB 154, a bill that would require statewide implementation of a system that tracks student discipline, advanced to select file. Disability Rights Nebraska testified in support of this bill in early February.
Sen. Walz's LB529 received first-round approval yesterday. The bill would allocate about $100 million in lottery funds to education-related programs over five years. Sen. Murman pulled his proposed AM719, which would authorize physical intervention against students. In early February, Disability Rights Nebraska testified in support of LB529. On May 23, we sent comments to legislators relaying our concerns about the proposed AM719. We are pleased to see LB529 move forward without AM719.
On March 23, AM719 to LB529 was filed. While Disability Rights Nebraska testified in support of LB 529, which would enact the Behavioral Intervention Training and Teacher Support Act and the mental health training grant program, we have submitted comments to senators voicing our concerns with the proposed AM719, which would greenlight the use of physical intervention on students.