The following is a list of Voices for Children’s priority legislation for the 106th Legislature.

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Child Welfare

LB 199: Appropriate funds to the Supreme Court for court-appointed special advocate state aid
Introducer: Senator Wishart
Status: Referred to Appropriations Committee
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT

LB 219: Change requirements for foster care transition proposals and provide immunity from liability for caregivers
Introducer: Senator Wishart
Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT
Click here for Voices for Children’s testimony on LB 219

LB 326: Appropriate funds to the Department of Health and Human Services
Introducer: Senator Quick
Status: Referred to Appropriations Committee
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT

LB 328: Adopt the Nebraska Family First Act, provide for non-court involved response to reports of child abuse or neglect, and provide for a family finding project
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 328

LB 332: Change eligibility requirements and other provisions of the Young Adult Bridge to Independence Act
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 332

LB 388: Change provisions relating to termination of parental rights, placement of children, and guardianship
Introducer: Senator Howard
Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT
Click here for Voices for Children’s testimony on LB 388

LB 389: Change provisions relating to termination of parental rights
Introducer: Senator Howard
Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT
Click here for Voices for Children’s testimony on LB 389

LB 426: Provide for adoption by two adults
Introducer: Senator DeBoer
Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT
Click here for Voices for Children’s testimony on LB 426

LB 436: Create the Complete Count Commission and provide duties regarding the census

Introducer: Senator M. Hansen

Status: Referred to Government, Military, and Veterans Affairs Committee

Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT

Click here for Voices for Children’s testimony on LB 436

LB 458: Change provisions relating to child abuse or neglect
Introducer: Senator Lathrop
Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT

Click here for Voices for Children’s testimony on LB 458

LB 478: Prohibit use of consent by a minor as a defense or mitigation of damages or liability in certain civil actions arising from sexual assaults.

Introducer: Senator Vargas

Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee

Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT

Click here for Voices for Children’s testimony on LB 478

LB 516: Change provisions relating to child abuse, the Child Protection and Family Safety Act, human trafficking, and child welfare services
Introducer: Pansing Brooks
Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT
Click here for Voices for Children’s testimony on LB 516

Juvenile Justice

LB 132: 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 132

LB 147: Change the Student Discipline Act to provide for use by a teacher or administrator of necessary physical contact or physical restraint and provide procedures and grounds for removal from a class in response to student behavior
Introducer: Senator Groene
Status: Referred to Education Committee
Voices for Children Position: OPPOSE
Click here for Voices for Children’s testimony on LB 147

LB 165: Adopt the Too Young to Suspend Act
Introducer: Senator Hunt
Status: Referred to Education Committee
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT
Click here for Voices for Children’s testimony on LB 165

LB 226: State intent relating to appropriations for the Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center-Kearney and the Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center-Geneva
Introducer: Senator Quick
Status: Referred to Appropriations Committee
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT

LB 230: Provide for room confinement of 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 230

LB 231: Change provisions relating to legal defense of 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 231

LB 254: Adopt the Fair Chance Hiring Act
Introducer: Senator McCollister
Status: Referred to Business and Labor Committee
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT
Click here for Voices for Children’s testimony on LB 254

LB 345: Prohibit mandatory overtime for certain state employees
Introducer: Senator Wishart
Status: Referred to Appropriations Committee
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT

LB 354: Change provisions relating to sealing of juvenile records
Introducer: Senator Pansing Brooks
Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT
Click here for Voices for Children’s testimony on LB 354

LB 390: Provide duties regarding school resource officers and security guards
Introducer: Senator Pansing Brooks
Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT
Click here for Voices for Children’s testimony on LB 390

LB 391: Change duties of peace officers taking juveniles into custody or interrogating juveniles and prohibit use of statements taken in violation of the rights of a juvenile
Introducer: Senator M. Hansen
Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT
Click here for Voices for Children’s testimony on LB 391

LB 484: Change provisions relating to assault on certain employees and officers
Introducer: Senator Lowe
Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee
Voices for Children Position: OPPOSE

Click here for Voices for Children’s testimony on LB 484

LB 485: State intent relating to an appropriation for the Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center-Kearney
Introducer: Senator Lowe
Status: Referred to Appropriations Committee
Voices for Children Position: OPPOSE

LB 495: Provide for collection of data on student disciplinary actions
Introducer: Senator Wayne
Status: Referred to Education Committee
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT
Click here for Voices for Children’s testimony on LB 495

LB 510: Change applicability of Sex Offender Registration Act to certain out-of-state juvenile adjudications
Introducer: Senator McCollister
Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT
Click here for Voices for Children’s testimony on LB 510

LB 515: 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 515

LB 568: Provide for mental health first aid training for school districts and change provisions relating to the use of lottery funds
Introducer: Senator Morfeld
Status: Referred to Education Committee
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT

LB 595: Change Office of Dispute Resolution to Office of Restorative Justice and Dispute Resolution and change powers and duties of the office
Introducer: Senator Albrecht
Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT

Click here for Voices for Children’s testimony on LB 595

LB 630: Create the offense of sexual extortion and change elements and penalties for sexual offenses
Introducer: Senator Morfeld
Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT

Click here for Voices for Children’s testimony on LB 630

LB 651: Change funding provisions for the Community-based Juvenile Services Aid Program
Introducer: Senator Wayne
Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee
Voices for Children Position: NEUTRAL
Click here for Voices for Children’s testimony on LB 651

LB 703: Appropriate funds to the Nebraska Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice
Introducer: Senator Vargas
Status: Referred to Appropriations Committee
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT

Click here for Voices for Children’s testimony on LB 703

LB 739: Change procedures and requirements for use of restrictive housing of inmates
Introducer: Senator Vargas
Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT

Economic Stability

LB 66: Provide for an early childhood element in a comprehensive plan developed by a city
Introducer: Senator M. Hansen
Status: Referred to Urban Affairs Committee
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT
Click here for Voices for Children’s letter of support for LB 66

LB 160: Redefine terms under the Local Option Municipal Economic Development Act to include early childhood infrastructure development and quality early childhood care and education programs for certain cities and villages
Introducer: Senator Quick
Status: Referred to Urban Affairs Committee
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT
Click here for Voices for Children’s letter of support for LB 160

LB 169: Change provisions relating to eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
Introducer: Senator Hunt
Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT
Click here for Voices for Children’s testimony on LB 169

LB 251: 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 251

LB 255: 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 255

LB 265: Adopt the Unsecured Consumer Loan Licensing Act and clarify licensing provisions under the Delayed Deposit Services Licensing Act and the Nebraska Installment Loan Act
Introducer: Senator La Grone
Status: Referred to Banking Committee
Voices for Children Position: OPPOSE
Click here for Voices for Children’s testimony on LB 265

LB 329: Change provisions relating to child care assistance and licensure
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 329

LB 379: Change provisions under the Delayed Deposit Services Licensing Act and the Nebraska Installment Loan Act
Introducer: Senator Kolterman
Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee
Voices for Children Position: OPPOSE
Click here for Voices for Children’s testimony on LB 379

LB 383: Provide for an annual adjustment to the minimum wage
Introducer: Senator Quick
Status: Referred to Banking Committee
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT
Click here for Voices for Children’s testimony on LB 383

LB 400: Change the minimum wage for persons compensated by way of gratuities
Introducer: Senator Hunt
Status: Referred to Business Committee
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT
Click here for Voices for Children’s testimony on LB 400

LB 402: Eliminate an eligibility provision relating to nutrition assistance benefits as prescribed
Introducer: Senator Hilkemann
Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT
Click here for Voices for Children’s testimony on LB 402

LB 497: Adopt the School District Property Tax Authority Act and change revenue and taxation provisions
Introducer: Senator Friesen
Status: Referred to Revenue Committee
Voices for Children Position: OPPOSE
Click here for Voices for Children’s testimony on LB 497

LB 544: Adopt the Meadowlark Scholarship Act
Introducer: Senator Linehan
Status: Referred to Education Committee
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT
Click here for Voices for Children’s testimony on LB 544

LB 547: Create the College Savings Plan Matching Grant Program
Introducer: Senator Wishart
Status: Referred to Education Committee
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT
Click here for Voices for Children’s letter of support for LB 547

LB 628: Increase the earned income tax credit
Introducer: Senator Pansing Brooks
Status: Referred to Revenue Committee
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT
Click here for Voices for Children’s testimony on LB 628

LB 688: Provide for contributions to the Nebraska educational savings plan trust from income tax refunds
Introducer: Senator Cavanaugh
Status: Referred to Revenue Committee
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT
Click here for Voices for Children’s testimony on LB 688

LB 728: Provide duties relating to school meals
Introducer: Senator Walz
Status: Referred to Education Committee
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT
Click here for Voices for Children’s testimony on LB 728

Health

LB 15: Adopt the Children of Nebraska Hearing Aid Act
Introducer: Senator Blood
Status: Referred to Banking Committee
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT
Click here for Voices for Children’s testimony on LB 15

LB 120: Require teacher and school staff to receive training on behavioral and mental health
Introducer: Senator Crawford
Status: Referred to Education Committee
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT

LB 167: Prohibit conversion therapy
Introducer: Senator Hunt
Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT
Click here for Voices for Children’s letter of support for LB 167

LB 305: Adopt the Healthy and Safe Families and Workplaces Act
Introducer: Senator Crawford
Status: Referred to Business Committee
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT
Click here for Voices for Children’s testimony on LB 305

LB 311: Adopt the Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Act
Introducer: Senator Crawford
Status: Referred to Business Committee
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT
Click here for Voices for Children’s testimony on LB 311

LB 327: State intent to appropriate funds for an increase in rates paid to behavioral health service providers
Introducer: Senator Bolz
Status: Referred to Appropriations Committee
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT

Click here for Voices for Children’s letter of support for LB 327

LB 619: Require coverage for mental health services delivered in a school or other educational setting
Introducer: Senator Kolowski
Status: Referred to Banking Committee
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT
Click here for Voices for Children’s letter of support for LB 619

LB 653: 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

LB 710: Change provisions relating to tobacco including sales, crimes, a tax increase, and distribution of funds
Introducer: Senator Cavanaugh
Status: Referred to Revenue Committee
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT
Click here for Voices for Children’s testimony on LB 710

LB 725: Provide for reimbursements to school districts and educational service units for mental health expenditures
Introducer: Senator Walz
Status: Referred to Education Committee
Voices for Children Position: SUPPORT

Click here for Voices for Children’s testimony on LB 725