The following is a list of Voices for Children’s priority legislation for the 105th legislature.

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Child Welfare

LB 714: Provide a procedure for judicial emancipation of a minor
Introducer: Senator Howard
Status: Bill passed, 45-1-2 (April 11, 2018)
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT
Click here for Voices for Children’s testimony on LB 714

LB 863: Add grounds for termination of parental rights
Introducer: Senator Howard
Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee
Voices for Children Position: NEUTRAL
Click here for Voices for Children’s testimony on LB 863

LB 1041: Require specific training for foster care licensees on sexual abuse
Introducer: Senator Wishart
Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT
Click here for Voices for Children’s letter of support for LB 1041

LB 1046: Provide for a caseload ratio emergency declaration relating to health and human services
Introducer: Senator Bolz
Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT
Click here for Voices for Children’s testimony on LB 1046

LB 1078: Require reporting of sexual abuse allegations as prescribed
Introducer: Senator Crawford
Status: Bill passed, 49-0-0 (March 29, 2018)
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT
Click here for Voices for Children’s testimony on LB 1078

LR 288: Create the Child Welfare Death and Abuse Special Oversight Committee of the Legislature
Introducer: Senator Bolz
Status: Referred to Executive Board
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT
Click here for Voices for Children’s testimony on LR 288

Juvenile Justice

LB 673: Change procedures for certain hearings for juveniles
Introducer: Senator Krist
Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT

LB 689: Exclude juveniles from the Sex Offender Registration Act
Introducer: Senator Blood
Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT
Click here for Voices for Children’s testimony on LB 689

LB 774: Change peace officers’ duties regarding encounters with certain juveniles
Introducer: Senator Pansing Brooks
Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT
Click here for Voices for Children’s testimony on LB 774

LB 781: Change penalties for certain felonies committed by persons under nineteen years of age
Introducer: Senator Pansing Brooks
Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT
Click here for Voices for Children’s testimony on LB 781

LB 869: Change provisions relating to the sealing of juvenile records
Introducer: Senator Pansing Brooks
Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT

LB 870: Provide for room confinement for juveniles as prescribed
Introducer: Senator Pansing Brooks
Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT
Click here for Voices for Children’s testimony on LB 870

LB 875: Change sentencing provisions for the crimes committed by persons under the age of eighteen
Introducer: Senator Bolz
Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT

LB 927: Change provisions relating to juveniles’ out-of-home placement, care, and custody
Introducer: Senator Howard
Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee
Voices for Children Position: NEUTRAL
Click here for Voices for Children’s testimony on LB 927

LB 930: Prohibit use of juveniles’ statements made as a result of custodial interrogation
Introducer: Senator Hansen
Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT

LB 981: Change provisions relating to arraignment of juveniles and authorize juvenile court jurisdiction to age twenty-one with consent of the juvenile and legal counsel
Introducer: Senator Baker
Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT
Click here for Voices for Children’s testimony on LB 981

LB 990: Create the offense of possession of a firearm by a prohibited juvenile offender
Introducer: Senator Wayne
Status: Bill passed, 41-0-6 (April 11, 2018)
Voices for Children Position: OPPOSE
Click here for Voices for Children’s testimony on LB 990

LB 999: Change provisions relating to the Student Discipline Act
Introducer: Senator Vargas
Status: Referred to Education Committee
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT
Click here for Voices for Children’s testimony on LB 999

LB 1056: Provide for collection of data on student disciplinary actions
Introducer: Senator Hansen
Status: Referred to Education Committee
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT
Click here for Voices for Children’s testimony on LB 1056

LB 1112: Change provisions relating to placement and detention of juveniles and permit an additional use of funds under the Community-based Juvenile Services Aid Program
Introducer: Senator Vargas
Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT
Click here for Voices for Children’s testimony on LB 1112

Economic Stability

LB 768: Redefine economic development program to include early childhood infrastructure development for cities of the first and second class and villages
Introducer: Senator Quick
Status: Referred to Urban Affairs Committee
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT
Click here for Voices for Children’s testimony on LB 768

LB 770: Change provisions relating to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
Introducer: Senator McCollister
Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT
Click here for Voices for Children’s testimony on LB 770

LB 776: Provide requirements for inmate access to telephone or videoconferencing systems in county and city jails
Introducer: Senator McCollister
Status: Bill passed, 38-8-2 (April 11, 2018)
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT
Click here for Voices for Children’s testimony on LB 776

LB 804: Include elementary and secondary schools in the Nebraska educational savings plan trust and change tax benefits
Introducer: Senator Brach
Status: Referred to Revenue Committee
Voices for Children Position: OPPOSE
Click here for Voices for Children’s testimony on LB 804

LB 880: Provide for an early childhood element in a comprehensive plan developed by a city
Introducer: Senator Hansen
Status: Referred to Urban Affairs Committee
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT
Click here for Voices for Children’s testimony on LB 880

LB 904: Prohibit the charging of certain fees under the Credit Services Organization Act
Introducer: Senator Vargas
Status: Referred to Banking, Commerce, and Insurance Committee
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT
Click here for Voices for Children’s letter of support on LB 904

LB 920: Change provisions relating to a child and dependent care tax credit
Introducer: Senator Bolz
Status: Referred to Revenue Committee
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT
Click here for Voices for Children’s testimony on LB 920

LB 947: Adopt the Nebraska Property Tax Cuts and Opportunities Act, change income tax rates, and eliminate certain exemptions and credits
Introducer: Senator Smith At the request of the Governor
Status: Referred to Revenue Committee
Voices for Children Position: OPPOSE
Click here for Voices for Children’s testimony on LB 904

LB 954: Provide refundable income tax credits to individuals who rent their primary residence
Introducer: Senator Hansen
Status: Referred to Revenue Committee
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT
Click here for Voices for Children’s letter of support for LB 954

LB 1074: Change provisions relating to individual income tax brackets and rates and the earned income tax credit
Introducer: Senator Vargas
Status: Referred to Revenue Committee
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT
Click here for Voices for Children’s testimony on LB 1074

LB 1105: Change the transaction loan period under the Delayed Deposit Services Licensing Act
Introducer: Senator Vargas
Status: Referred to Banking, Commerce and Insurance Committee
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT
Click here for Voices for Children’s testimony on LB 1105

LB 1108: Authorize certain tax credits, change the sales tax rate, and provide for school foundation aid and certain grant programs
Introducer: Senator Harr
Status: Referred to Revenue Committee
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT
Click here for Voices for Children’s testimony on LB 1108

LR 270CA: Constitutional amendment to reduce the minimum age in the constitutional requirement to provide free instruction
Introducer: Senator Kolowski
Status: Referred to Education Committee
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT
Click here for Voices for Children’s testimony on LR 270CA

Health

LB 771: Adopt the Child Hunger and Workforce Readiness Act
Introducer: Senator Walz
Status: Referred to Education Committee
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT
Click here for Voices for Children’s testimony on LB 771

LB 801: Adopt the Panhandle Beginnings Act to provide certain services to school-age children
Introducer: Senator Stinner
Status: Referred to Education Committee
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT
Click here for Voices for Children’s letter of support on LB 801

LB 836: Provide for minors’ consent to certain mental health services as prescribed
Introducer: Senator Howard
Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT
Click here for Voices for Children’s letter of support on LB 836

LB 844: Adopt the Healthy and Safe Families and Workplaces Act
Introducer: Senator Crawford
Status: Referred to Business and Labor Committee
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT
Click here for Voices for Children’s letter of support on LB 844

LB 922: Adopt the All Kids Health Care Program Act
Introducer: Senator Vargas
Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT
Click here for Voices for Children’s letter of support on LB 922

LB 931: Limit prescription of opiates to minors under age 19 to 7 days of outpatient care
Introducer: Senator Howard
Status: Bill passed, 48-0-1 (March 29, 2018)
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT
Click here for Voices for Children’s testimony on LB 931

LB 985: Provide for state funding of prenatal care under the medical assistance program
Introducer: Senator Howard
Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT
Click here for Voices for Children’s testimony on LB 985

LB 998: Create the Collaborative School Behavioral and Mental Health Program
Introducer: Senator Walz
Status: Bill passed, 31-15-3 (April 18, 2018), but was returned without approval by the Governor after Sine Die (April 23, 2018)
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT
Click here for Voices for Children’s letter of support on LB 998

LR 281CA: Constitutional Amendment to state that affordable health care is a right and to expand eligibility under the medical assistance program
Introducer: Senator Morfeld
Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT
Click here for Voices for Children’s testimony on LR 281CA

LB 1060: Adopt the Healthy Kids Act and require tests for lead-based hazards in housing
Introducer: Senator Wayne
Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT
Click here for Voices for Children’s letter of support on LB 1060

LB 1131: Define minor child relating to dissolution of marriage statutes
Introducer: Senator Riepe
Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT
Click here for Voices for Children’s letter of support for LB 1131