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2015 Legislative Priorities

2014 Legislative Priorities

2015 Priorities and Priority Selection Criteria

Disability Rights Nebraska has set its 2015 legislative priorities for the First Session of the 104th Nebraska Legislature.

This is the Long Session – 90 Legislative Days. The Session starts January 7, 2015 and ends June 5, 2015.

The priorities support positions approved by our Board of Directors. These priorities are based on criteria adopted by the Board.

In reviewing proposed legislative bills, the key question is: Does the proposed legislation have a direct impact on the lives of people with disabilities?

If so, then we ask the following:

  • Does the proposed legislation address or raise issues relating to the human and legal rights of people with disabilities? OR
  • Does the proposed legislation encourage or discourage the empowerment of people with disabilities? OR
  • Does the proposed legislation promote or diminish the inclusion of people with disabilities in their communities? OR
  • Does the proposed legislation promote or undermine the individual dignity of people with disabilities?

Legislative Bills that meet these basic criteria are reviewed by our advisory councils in consultation with Disability Rights Nebraska’s staff. The advisory councils recommend our position in support or opposition of the legislative bill and any revisions to improve the proposed legislation. Based on that input, our public policy staff prepares final recommendations for the Board of Directors approval.

The legislative priorities are not intended to be a comprehensive list of the advocacy efforts of Disability Rights Nebraska. Instead, the priorities represent where we believe we can bring a unique voice to the legislative process through a focus on the human and legal rights, empowerment, community inclusion, or dignity of people with disabilities.

2015 legislative priorities

  • Defend the Motorcycle Helmet Law;
  • Prohibit use of restraints in juvenile courts;
  • Increase the personal needs allowance under the Medical Assistance Act;
  • Redefine support services for purposes of the Special Education;
  • Expand Medicaid coverage to Nebraskans without health insurance;
  • Oppose changes to Medicaid;
  • Support mental health treatment improvements for inmates;
  • Support improvement of treatment of inmates with mental illness in solitary confinement;
  • Support passage of the Home Care Consumer Bill of Rights Act;
  • Support increased funding for mental health treatment for prisoners;
  • Support the Legislature’s oversight of the Beatrice State Developmental Center (BSDC) and community-based services for persons with developmental disabilities;
  • Support the Legislature's oversight of the Access/Nebraska Program.