Legislative Update – March 30

Nebraska Appleseed’s Legislative Update
News and Updates from the Nebraska Unicameral
March 30, 2015

 

NE_Appleseed_Icons_StateCapital-128Last week marked the first week of full-day debate in the Legislature, and one of Appleseed’s priority bills is on the agenda for this week.

 

Child care “cliff effect” bill set for debate this week

LB 81 – This bill introduced by Sen. Tanya Cook is scheduled to come up for first-round debate this week. LB 81 would strengthen Nebraska’s child care subsidy program, a critical work support for working families with low incomes. The bill would prevent the sudden loss of child care assistance if an eligible family accepted a slight increase in earnings, known as the “cliff effect.” Appleseed supported this bill at its Health and Human Services Committee hearing in February.

Please contact your State Senator and urge them to support LB 81.

 

Update on other Appleseed priority bills

LB 89 – This bill to slightly raise the payment rate of Nebraska’s Aid to Dependent Children (ADC) benefit passed General File by a vote of 26-0 on March 18. It awaits debate on Select File.

 

LB 566This bill, which would strengthen and clarify aspects of Nebraska’s Indian Child Welfare Act, is awaiting action by the Judiciary Committee. Appleseed supports this bill because it will maintain ties of culture and tradition that are essential to the well-being of native children and families.

 

LB 623 – This bill that would allow young immigrant Nebraskans who qualify for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to apply for driver’s licenses still awaits action by the Transportation and Telecommunications Committee. LB 623 has been given a priority designation by Senator John McCollister. Appleseed strongly supports the bill.

 

LB 357 – This harmful tax-shift bill still awaits action by the Revenue Committee. Appleseed opposes this bill that would drastically destabilize the state’s revenue structure by automatically reducing income taxes over several years with no way to be flexible to future economic conditions. The bill also takes a large amount from the ‘rainy day’ cash reserve fund, which could further damage the state’s ability to fund key responsibilities.

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We will keep you updated on the latest bill introductions, hearings, and floor debate.  And, we’ll let you know how you can take action to get involved and make your voice heard throughout the session!

 

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