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LB 1020: Expansion of School-Based Health Centers

As introduced:  The bill would provide grant funding for the start-up costs of new school-based health centers with a preference for health shortage and high poverty areas.

Introducing Senator(s): Nordquist, Ashford, Campbell, Council, Howard, Mello

Committee: Education Committee

Committee Hearing Date: January 31, 2012

Current Status: Motion to override gubernatorial veto failed on April 18, 2012.

Estimated Fiscal Impact:  Grants are to be funded each fiscal year with a transfer of $100,000 from the Education Innovation Fund (lottery proceeds) to a newly created Nebraska Coordinated School Health Fund and an additional $100,000 general fund appropriation.


Voices for Children Position:  Support

Voices for Children supported this bill due the importance of health to success in education.  Existing school-based health centers in Nebraska and elsewhere have proved to be an innovative model for improving children’s health as well as their success in school.

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