The following pro-kid bills were prioritized and are now headed to the next stage of debate at the Unicameral:
LB 776, introduced by Senator McCollister, would provide inmates more affordable access to phone and videoconferencing services. This bill contributes to a long-term vision for minimizing the trauma children experience when a caregiver is incarcerated by reducing the cost of phone calls when a parent or caregiver is arrested.
LB 194, introduced by Senator Vargas, would have preserved access to payday loans while ensuring families aren’t intentionally trapped in a cycle of debt. We support this bill as originally introduced. We are closely monitoring it as it is being amended in Committee to see if it will continue to move forward in a form that protects consumers.
LB 670, introduced by Senator Krist, would change membership, powers, and duties of the Nebraska Coalition for Juvenile Justice. We are keeping a close eye on this bill as it may be amended to include additional juvenile justice reforms.
LB 158, introduced by Senator Pansing Brooks, would ensure access to the Constitutional right to counsel for all Nebraska youth. Access to quality legal representation protects kids and ensures they understand their rights and the possible consequences of juvenile court involvement, but all too often kids go without this fundamental right. This bill would help ensure that more young people understand this right before choosing to waive it.
Interested in voicing your support or concern for any of these bills? Contact your state senator today.
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