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Legislative Update: Sine Die 2013

A little more than a year ago, the Legislature’s “Session of Children” adjourned after lots of hard work and heated debate. As the 2013 Legislative Session drew to a close and more bills crossed the finish line, it is incredibly encouraging to see that the Legislature’s commitment to investing in children hasn’t…...

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LB 212: Change court-ordered parenting plan provisions of the Parenting Act

As introduced: With respect to court-ordered parenting plans, there shall be a rebuttable presumption that each parent is entitled to at least 45% of the annual parenting time, as measured by the number of overnights the child spends with each parent. The burden of proof is on the party or…...

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LB 22: Change parenting plan provisions related to the Parenting Act

As introduced: The Legislature finds that maximized parenting time with each parent protects children from harm to the father—child relationship and from harm due to parents’ conflicts, and, absent of evidence to the contrary, it is in a child’s best interest to have substantial, frequent, meaningful, and continuing parenting time…...

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LB 139: Change vital statistics information relating to annulment and dissolution of marriage

As introduced: On or before the 5th of each month, the district court clerk for each county shall provide a statement of each annulment or dissolution performed for the preceding month.  The information requested by the clerk, and then given to the department, shall include: information regarding the legal custody,…...

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LB 507: Adopt the Step Up to Quality Child Care Act (QRIS)

As introduced: LB 507 adopts the Step Up to Quality Act, putting in place a quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) with a scale of steps from one to five. The system is available to all child care and early childhood education programs voluntarily, but participation is required for programs…...

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LB 22: Change Parenting Act provisions (Joint Legal and parenting time emphasis)

As introduced: LB22 was introduced to change provisions of the Parenting Act relating to findings and parenting plans. LB22 specifically declares that the Legislature recognizes that the interest of parents in the care, custody, and control of their children is perhaps the oldest of the fundamental liberty interests. LB22 further…...

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LB 236: Appropriate funds to establish an Individual Development Account pilot project (IDA)

As introduced: LB 236 requires the Department of Labor, in conjunction with the Department of Health and Human Services, to establish a pilot project relating to individual development accounts. The project is intended to expand the use of individual development accounts, which assist working individuals and families in achieving long-term…...

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LB 309: Adopt the Department of Health and Human Services Delivery Improvement and Efficiency Act (Streamlining)

As introduced: LB309 directs the Department of Health and Human Services to coordinate and streamline eligibility paperwork, expand information sharing across programs and governmental agencies, provide reasonable efforts to prevent case closures. Introducing Senator(s): Bolz Committee: Health and Human Services Committee Hearing Date: March 14, 2013...

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LB 430: Change asset limitations for the aid to dependent children program, child care subsidy, and the Welfare Reform Act

As introduced: LB 430 would increase liquid asset limits for several public benefit programs, streamlining the asset limitations to be consistent with limits set for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Income and work requirements for these programs would remain in place. This bill raises the asset limits for eligibility for…...

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LB 330: Increase the gross income limit in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

As introduced: The intent of LB 330 is to make changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in order to allow working families to increase their wages without losing the vital support of SNAP. The bill would keep the current net income limits in SNAP, but increase the gross…...

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