Nebraska's 107th Legislature began on January 6, 2021. As bills are introduced, Disability Rights Nebraska analyzes and researches proposed legislation, outlines priorities in our bill chart, and educates policymakers and the public on how legislation will affect people with disabilities.
We address “High Priority” bills with testimony, personal contacts and education, and “Medium Priority” bills with letters, often in conjunction with other disability rights partners. Though legislation identified in the "Monitoring" category is followed closely, Disability Rights Nebraska does not take action or voice a position on these bills.
To learn about bills that Nebraska's disability community should watch this session, download our 2021 Legislative Priorities chart or view it below.
View our 2020 Legislative highlights video or 2020 Legislative Updates page to find out how our priority legislation did last session. For information on our post-session legislative work, view our 2020 Interim Studies Chart.
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.