In 2017, Disability Rights Nebraska continues to advocate for individuals with disabilities in the legislature. Throughout Nebraska's 105th Legislative Session, we have actively provided analyses and testimonies on issues that affect the disability community. View our 2017 Legislative Priorities to learn more about Disability Rights Nebraska's public policy interests and efforts.
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.