Legislative Update

At the Capitol: Last full week of session

After a hectic and busy week at the Legislature, we only have three days left of the 2024 session after today. Senators will continue all-day debate through this Thursday, April 11. Then, they’ll return next Thursday for the final day of session on April 18. 

Last Friday, the legislature blocked LB575 (Kauth) from advancing in the legislature. This harmful legislation would have prevented transgender and gender diverse students from accessing school activities and facilities consistent with their gender identity. Thank you to each of you who called, emailed, and showed up to express your strong opposition to this bill. Trans and gender diverse young people in Nebraska will continue to have meaningful access to school activities, opportunities, and spaces, authentic to their identity. 

LB233 (J. Cavanaugh): We were pleased to see LB233 advance to select file last week. It is on the agenda for further debate this week. The bill, as amended, would allow $100 or $200 per month to go to the family for child support income while the family is on Nebraska’s Aid to Dependent Children Program (ADC). The bill would also waive those funds as a part of determining eligibility for ADC benefits. ADC is a direct cash assistance program funded by the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Block Grant. 

If passed, this bill will put more money into the hands of Nebraska’s lowest income families with children – helping them make ends meet and provide some of the basic necessities that aren’t covered by other assistance programs, like diapers, transportation costs, clothing, school supplies, and more.

TAKE ACTION: Call or email your state senator and tell them to SUPPORT LB233!

LB62 (M. Cavanaugh) will also be on the agenda this week. This legislation removes language barriers between patients and providers by requiring that translation and interpretation services are reimbursed under Medicaid. It also includes two reporting bills (LB871 and LB1237) that would require DHHS to be more transparent with its TANF and Medicaid spending.

TAKE ACTION: Call or email your state senator and tell them to SUPPORT LB62!

Follow along: You can live stream all legislative happenings through Nebraska Public Media.

Thank you for your ongoing advocacy!

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