It has been a hectic legislative session! We are in the process of further updating this page and will post our testimony soon. In the meantime, below is a list of some of Voices for Children’s top priority legislation for the 108th Legislature, 1st Session, from January-June 2023.
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- Support- LB 84, introduced by Senator Day, will eliminate the sunset on the Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) gross income at 165% FPL, to ensure families that are currently using the program can continue to do so.
- Support- LB 35, introduced by Senator DeBoer, will extend the sunset for the income eligibility of the child care assistance subsidy for another 3 years, at 185% FPL.
- Support- LB 57, introduced by Senator M. Cavanaugh, will adopt the Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Act, to create a state program that will provide partial wage replacement for workers who are eligible.
- Support- LB 294, introduced by Senator Conrad, will adopt the Child Tax Credit Act for children under eighteen.
- Support- LB 99, introduced by Senator M. Cavanaugh, will adopt the Hunger-Free Schools Act, to provide free breakfast and lunch to eligible public-school students.
- Support- LB 285, introduced by Senator Walz, will adopt the School Community Eligibility Provision Maximization Act, which allows eligible schools to receive free breakfast and lunches for their students.
- Oppose – LB 574, introduced be Senator Kauth, which would prevent Nebraska youth from accessing gender affirming care
- Oppose – LB 575, introduced by Senator Kauth, which would exclude trans youth from sports teams and spaces corresponding to their gender
- Support- LB 42, introduced by Senator Hansen, will change the definition of child abuse and neglect.
- Support- LB 271, introduced by Senator McKinney, will change reporting requirements for child abuse and neglect.
- Support- LB 14, introduced by Senator Dungan, will extend eligibility of the Bridge to Independence Program to youth in the juvenile justice system.
- Support- LB 127, introduced by Senator Day, will change sentencing parole provisions for youth who are eighteen and younger, banning juvenile life without parole.
- Support- LB 507, introduced by Senator Conrad, would change provisions relating to chronic absenteeism (truancy).
- Oppose- LB 620, introduced by Senator McDonnell, will change provisions relating to arraignment and hearings for children starting at the age of 12.
- Oppose- LB 811, introduced by Senator Murman, will allow students to be physically restraint or removed from a class without adequate training, oversight, or accountability