Legwatch2020final.doc. 10-20.

LR 288: Slama. To urge Congress and the Army Corps of Engineers to prioritize flood control as a top priority for water management in the Missouri River Basin when updating manuals and levee standards, to avoid future flooding. GOOD RESOLUTION/ PASSED

LR 466: Pansing Brooks. That an employer who fires an individual only for being gay or transgender violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This resolution violates commercial religious freedom and directly conflicts with our state constitutional protection of religious freedom. BAD RESOLUTION/ PASSED

LB 126: Hughes. Requires the Game & Parks Comm. to issue up to 4 limited permits for deer hunting before deer hunting season to landowners and their family members. $5 fee for each permit. GOOD BILL/ PASSED
LB 147: Groene. If a student becomes violent against a teacher, staffer, or another pupil, a teacher or administrator can use necessary physical restraint to control such student. If a student shows destructive behavior to school property, a teacher or administrator can use necessary physical restraint to control such student. These teacher and administrator actions do not constitute corporal punishment, now banned in NE. Prohibited use of force to inflict pain for misbehaving. Teachers and administrators protecting themselves or a student not subject to lawsuits or administrative penalty. A teacher can have a student removed from class by an administrator for repeatedly interfering with teaching, or if teacher determines that behavior is so unruly and abusive that it seriously interferes with teaching. If a student removed, principal can place him in another classroom, in-school suspension, or out of school suspension. Principal cannot return student to classroom, unless teacher consents. A teacher must notify parent if physical restraint used. Teachers now fear consequences of using physical force to handle violent students. A 1999 state supreme court decision stated that teachers and administrators can physically intervene to preserve order. School districts must have a policy for when and how students removed and when and how they can return. The bill would have mandated that all districts offer yearly behavioral intervention training to teachers, administrators, and counselors. About 300 NE teachers in 2019 suffered attacks by students serious enough to warrant worker compensation claims. Bill opponents claimed that interventions disproportionately would target minority kids, but this bill would have kept all teachers and students safer. Opponents included the ACLU-NE and leftist Sens. Cavanaugh, Vargas, and Wayne, who complained that the bill would discriminate against blacks. GOOD BILL/ KILLED
LB 148: Groene. Public hearings on local budgets must be held separately from regular meetings and have no time limit. Taxpayers can address the local body and have a reasonable amount of time to speak. The showing of Power Point slides or other audiovisual items as talking points requires time to set up and disassemble. Taxpayers have only one opportunity per year to speak on budgets. The governing body must compare the upcoming budget to the current year budget. GOOD BILL/ PASSED
LB 153: Brewer. Military retirees will pay state income tax on only half of the federal taxable part of their military retirement pensions. NE will retain highly-trained and skilled qualified veterans with strong leadership qualities. This bill will help about 13,000 of 130,000 NE vets with a total of $14 million annually. It will convince the U.S. Air Force to maintain its facilities at Offutt. 5 of 6 neighboring states do not tax military retirement pay. It will take effect in 2022. GOOD BILL/ PASSED
LB 247: Bolz. To allow an individual to issue notarized written instructions or preferences, dated and signed, about future mental health care decisions, such as consent to or refusal of specific types of care. Requirement for 2 witnesses to this signing, other than family members, attending doctor and staff, or attorney. Revocation requires a written statement. GOOD BILL/ PASSED
LB 312: B. Hansen. To permit licensed dental hygienists to offer more authorized care to additional patients at a public health setting or public health facility. The bill would eliminate a requirement that such professionals have 3,000 hours of clinical experience to treat adults unsupervised. 53 NE counties, mostly rural, have a shortage of practicing dental hygienists. GOOD BILL/ PASSED
LB 347: Murman. To exempt the practice of reflexology, not designated as massage therapy, from unnecessary licensure under the Massage Therapy Practice Act. A registry with fee would substitute for licensing. Practitioners still would need to have liability insurance. This profession is exempt from licensure in 32 states. GOOD BILL/ KILLED
LB 582: Brewer. This bill designed to protect the property rights of gun owners by ensuring that the possession or resale of stolen firearms is more readily punished under the law. Anyone who possesses, receives, retains, or disposes of a stolen firearm knowingly or who had reasonable cause to believe that such firearm is stolen will face a Class IIA felony, with maximum penalty of 20 yrs. in prison. The trafficking of stolen guns is a statewide problem. The NE Criminal Defense Attorneys Assoc. opposed the bill. GOOD BILL/ PASSED
LB 632: Hughes. To prohibit agencies, counties, or cities from adopting or enforcing a ban or setting fees on sale, use, or marketing of plastic or other bags or other containers designed to carry or consume food or transport or protect merchandise. Businesses will not have to worry about abiding by differing ordinances in the state. GOOD BILL/ PASSED
LB 755: Blood. To permit physician assistants to perform services under the supervision of a podiatrist and within the podiatrist scope of practice and practice remotely. To permit a physician assistant to serve under several specialists who work at the same practice rather than under a single physician and prescribe drugs and equipment. The bill will lower medical and administrative costs by permitting individual medical practices to set their own working agreements. The NE Medical Association supported the bill. To allow licensed barbers and nail technicians with a permit to serve customers at home. GOOD BILL/ PASSED
LB 760: Kolterman. Prohibits a health insurance policy from excluding a dermatology review considered medically-necessary that is delivered via telehealth asynchronously by a dermatologist. GOOD BILL/ PASSED
LB 774: Arch. To prevent health care facilities from declaring they are a network provider with a health insurer, unless they have an agreement to be a network provider, thus stopping surprise billings for patients. GOOD BILL/ PASSED
LB 783: Lowe. Medical assistants not licensed, certified, or registered under the Uniform Credentialing Act, assigned tasks by a licensed doctor, and if such routine care, activities, and procedures done in a manner consistent with accepted medical standards and appropriate to skill and training, can obtain an exemption from the Medicine & Surgery Practice Act. GOOD BILL/ PASSED
LB 790: Slama. To allow the state purchasing office to lead the negotiation of a contract competitively bid for goods or services on behalf of an interlocal purchasing group of states or political subdivisions. Political subdivisions in other states with a contract we seek to join would already have researched and vetted the product, saving us time and money and offering flexibility necessary to respond to emergencies. 38 states already have such contract authority. NE subdivisions could use a design-build contract method for water infrastructure projects to save money. GOOD BILL/ KILLED
LB 808: LaGrone. To exempt from real estate licensure individuals who provide lists of possible purchasers to a real estate broker or agent or introduces prospective buyers to realtors. GOOD BILL/ PASSED
LB 814: Geist. To prohibit barbaric dismemberment abortions by clamps or forceps from week 13 to week 24 except for a few medical emergencies. Physicians could face professional censure and civil liability for performing this procedure. Violators face a Class IV felony, meaning up to 2 yrs. in prison, a $10,000 fine, or both. No woman upon whom such abortion performed or attempted to be performed held criminally liable. No staff of physician who performs or attempts to perform such abortion will be held criminally and professionally liable. A woman victim or her spouse may file a civil lawsuit. Sen. Megan Hunt, Planned Parenthood, and the NE ACLU, which promises a court challenge, opposed the bill. The NE Att.-Gen. declared the bill likely constitutional and will not impose a substantial roadblock to obtain an abortion. GOOD BILL/ PASSED
LB 832: Bostelman. To offer criminal and civil immunity to anyone breaking into a vehicle to remove a child locked inside and believed in imminent danger or harm. A person also must have determined that the vehicle was locked and there was no other reasonable method for the child to exit without assistance. Third, the person must notify law enforcement before or as soon as practicable after breaking into the car. Fourth, a person must use no more force than reasonably necessary. 21 states have passed similar laws. GOOD BILL/ PASSED
LB 909: Williams. To allow minors to establish bank accounts. To allow state- chartered banks, savings and loan associations, and credit unions the same rights, privileges, and immunities as federally-chartered ones. To update references to federal laws and regulatory guidelines dealing with franchises. To reduce the amount of paperwork necessary to update references to federal laws, regulations, and standards on an annual basis. To provide legal protection to financial institutions and their employees, so that they enjoy discretion to help detect and prevent financial exploitation. These financial institutions have a unique position to discover financial exploitation when conducting transactions on behalf of customers, particularly elderly customers. Such institutions could place a 30-day hold on transactions, including withdrawals and transfers. They could notify someone close to a customer like family member or trustee. 10 states have passed similar laws. This bill binds with the federal Senior Safe Act of 2018, which permits financial institutions to report concerns about financial abuse without liability. NE banks, credit unions, and our state banking dept. supported the bill. Older citizens comprise a growing percentage of our state population. Permits someone erroneously identified as a debtor on a financial document to obtain relief. GOOD BILL/ PASSED
LB 911: Quick. To allow Grand Island to give a former local veterans cemetery to the state to establish a new state veterans cemetery. GOOD BILL/ PASSED
LB 912: Brandt. To allow judges in civil cases to permit a witness to appear by telephone or video conference over the objection of a party, unless the objecting party proves by a preponderance of evidence that the testimony would be unreliable or unfair. Creates a new judicial process to expedite specific civil actions. The bill would increase access to Nebraska courts by establishing a streamlined process for handling civil actions in which the only relief sought is a limited money judgment. Such process would include limitations on discovery, the number of retained experts, and the length of trial. GOOD BILL/ PASSED
LB 931: Halloran. To expand permits to apply to transporting grain from farm storage to market, up to 70 miles, so that farmers can deliver their harvested grain from farm storage to market or factory without risking a penalty for truck overweight, weight which the bill increased by 15% and length limits by 10%. GOOD BILL/ PASSED
LB 944: Geist. To allow vehicle owners a credit or refund on registrations, if vehicle lost from natural disaster. Removes a mandatory requirement for the Dept. of Motor Vehicles to estimate liability under the International Fuel Tax Agreement Act (IFTAA) and removes an unnecessary requirement to submit an application for issuing replacements for apportionable vehicle license registrations. In addition to delivering to the mailing address provided by the applicant, delivery of state drivers licenses or ID cards provided by the DMV by secure electronic delivery at the request of an applicant. The DMV can conduct the knowledge portion of the licensing examination by remote means, if the exam given by an agent approved by the DMV. To provide length, weight, and load capacity exceptions for several kinds of vehicles. To allow ATVs and utility vehicles to cross controlled-access highways of more than 2 lanes if used for ag purposes. GOOD BILL/ PASSED
LB 1002: Bostelman. To allow transfers of prescription drugs to emergency medical services to alleviate a temporary shortage. Only consultation with, not approval from, a licensed physician required for a licensed medical nutritionist to order patient diets. GOOD BILL/ PASSED
LB 1003: Walz. If no business pending before a planning commission of a 1st or 2nd class city or village, chairman can cancel a quarterly meeting, but no more than 3 meetings cancelled per year. GOOD BILL/ PASSED
LB 1014: Lindstrom. Creates statutory authority for the Nebraska Department of Insurance to authorize and regulate group health insurance plans that allow self-employed individuals to participate in a multi-employer health care arrangement under Nebraska law. An association must have applications for participation from at least 200 covered individuals who are self-employed. Text includes the consumer protections, solvency requirements, stop loss insurance requirements, and other insurance safeguards consistent with Nebraska law. GOOD BILL/ PASSED
LB 1021: Groene. To create expedited review within 30 days of TIFs for redevelopment projects for structures in blighted areas at least 60 years old and with remodeling costs less than $250,000 for single homes, $1 million for multi-family housing, and $10 million for a historical structure in counties with less than 100,000 population. LB1021 also requires projects completed within 2 years after receiving approval of eligibility for TIF. This bill will reduce construction costs, make housing more affordable to more people, and rebuild slum areas. It also will remove legal and financial barriers. GOOD BILL/ PASSED
LB 1028: Lathrop. Allows the NE Supreme Court to add a process for filing a small claims court action. The proposal will allow the Court to establish an electronic filing process in addition to the current mail or in- person process. The bill removes a requirement that the claim form be completed before a judge, clerk, or notary. GOOD BILL/ PASSED
LB 1042: La Grone. An individual federal adjusted gross income reduced by amount of contribution made by employer to an individual college savings account not to exceed $5,000 for married couples filing separately and $10,000 annually for others. The bill ensures that employees whose employers contributed to their 529 accounts not charged state income tax on those contributions. Grandparents and other relatives could donate to a beneficiary without having to open a separate account to obtain deductions. Specific charitable foundations could contribute. GOOD BILL/ PASSED
LB 1052: Wishart. To allow pharmacists to adapt prescriptions to benefit patients, substituting a chemically equivalent drug for a prescribed drug. To permit pharmacists to package prescriptions dispensed from a different pharmacy for a patient. GOOD BILL/ PASSED
LB 1054: Kolterman. To update the state retirement plan system to comply with new provisions under the Trump SECURE Act passed by Congress in 2019. The trigger age for required minimum distributions increases from age 70 ½ to 72, allowing individuals to continue accruing interest from their retirement accounts. GOOD BILL/ PASSED
LB 1055: Brewer. To require NE counties that conduct elections by mail to have a polling place at the county clerk office, so that people can vote in person, and a drop box. Poll watchers prohibited from engaging in electioneering activities while at a polling place. Poll watchers required to maintain a minimum distance of 8 feet from the sign-in table, sign-in register, polling booths, ballot box, and uncast ballots. This minimum distance modified, if 8 feet is impracticable in a particular polling location. Violation of the limitations is a Class V misdemeanor. GOOD BILL/ PASSED
LB 1056: Lowe. To allow farm wineries, craft breweries, micro-distilleries, and bottle clubs for 15 days a year to expand their operations to a street, parking lot, or alley adjacent to their business and enclosed, if approved by local government. GOOD BILL/ PASSED
LB 1107: Scheer. The revised state revenue forecast leaves $90 million for property tax relief and other priorities. $30 million from the Cash Reserve also will offset the bill cost. $275 million in property tax credits annually. The credit cap will increase to $375 million in 2024. Each year following, total credit amounts will be $375 million plus an allowable growth percentage equal to growth in real property value. Home ownership will become more affordable. To offer a refundable income tax credit from a pool against property taxes paid public schools, equaling about 6% of such taxes, increasing eventually to 18%. The owner of a typical $200,000 house will save about $142 the first year and $739 the third year. If the gambling ballot issue passes, 75% of state profits will add to this credit. State aid to K-12 schools will increase by $500 million over 3 years, replacing revenue from local property taxes. School district basic revenue growth rate limited to 2% annually. Districts can carry forward part of their unused budget authority to future years. Districts must obtain voter approval before building new schools. The teachers union and public education bureaucrats, led by leftist Sen. Wendy DeBoer, opposed this bill, as did the Holland Children’s Movement. The NSEA teachers union promises to launch a petition drive to repeal the legislation. The leftist Open Sky think tank opposed the bill, and leftist Sen. Justin Wayne proposed an unsuccessful kill motion. GOOD BILL/PASSED
LB 1152: Halloran. To make NE hemp- growing consistent with USDA specifications and make it simpler for the state ag dept. to administer the program. The state ag dept. will issue licenses, and the program eventually will become self-funded. Provision of enforcement actions against intentional violations, including potential administrative fines, referral to law enforcement, and potential ineligibility for licensure for 10 years. Preservation and development of Nebraska heirloom hemp varieties is an additional purpose of the Nebraska Hemp Commission. GOOD BILL/ PASSED
LB 1158: Arch. Beginning October 1, 2021, the state welfare dept. will inform each adult applicant for or recipient of medical assistance about job-skills programs within that dept., the Department of Labor, or other skill-based programs that can assist the applicant for medical assistance obtain job skills, training, employment, or higher-paying jobs. The dept. will connect interested applicants to such job-skills programs, utilized on a voluntary basis. The job-skills programs do not affect the receipt of services provided under the Medical Assistance Act. GOOD BILL/ PASSED

LB 4: Stinner. To raise filing fees for property owners filing appeals with the Tax Equalization Review Commission, depending upon property valuation. The current appeal fee of $25 would increase to as high as $85. BAD BILL/ PASSED
LB 206: Morfeld. To expand protection to high school and public college student journalists and their advisors in a way that would remove disciplinary authority from school boards and administrations. Such schools could not discipline a newspaper advisor or student who violates the mission or principles of the school. BAD BILL/ KILLED
LB 230: Pansing Brooks. To prevent juvenile facilities from using solitary confinement of a juvenile for disciplinary reasons longer than absolutely necessary. Confinement used only after all other alternatives exhausted and only if juvenile poses a serious and immediate security threat. Consecutive periods of solitary confinement prohibited. Notice of such confinement must be given parents and attorney within 1 business day. The bill worsens understaffing problems at juvenile detention facilities and insults staff assaulted by violent teens. County jails are exempt. BAD BILL/ PASSED
LB 238: Pansing Brooks. To force official witnesses to continuously witness the execution process from the moment the convicted person enters the execution chamber until declared dead or the execution halted. The NE ACLU supported the bill. BAD BILL/ PASSED/VETOED
LB 424: Quick. To allow expansion of municipal land banks that compete with private businesses. All municipalities could join land banks. Metropolitan and primary class cities can establish independent land banks. Non-profit land banks can acquire vacant properties and not pay taxes, which is unfair competition with private developers. These entities can operate freely, with no accountability to the towns in which they operate. The land bank in Omaha has taken over previous opportunities for private individuals and companies to assume control of abandoned properties and restore them. BAD BILL/ PASSED
LB 515: Vargas. To make it more difficult to suspend or expel unruly and violent public school students who injure other students or teachers. The bill would have made it more difficult for school districts to discipline students for using, possessing, or selling illegal drugs. A principal also required to make a reasonable effort to hold a conference with the parent or guardian before a student returns from suspension. School boards must pay expenses and fees for a hearing examiner of parent choice. BAD BILL/ PASSED/ VETOED
LB 534: Cavanaugh. To force all public NE colleges and universities to conduct a bi-yearly sex assault climate survey, with dating violence and stalking calculation and training provided staff, and report results to the Education Comm. of the Legislature, which must hold a public hearing to discuss every report. Report must include policies, initiatives, and grievance procedures an institution has adopted to address sexual harassment. NE universities and colleges all opposed this bill, an unfunded mandate. BAD BILL/ PASSED
LB 540: Walz. To advance the sunset date for the developmental disability service to 2025. The state could run out of money for this service, if additional emergency services cases arise. BAD BILL/ PASSED
LB 607: Kolterman. To force registration and licensing of fingernail manicurists and salons, a barrier to entry into a low-wage profession. The bill contents requirements went far beyond basic training and education regarding health and sanitation practices. Periodic inspection offers a better alternative. BAD BILL/ PASSED/VETOED
LB 780: Stinner. To require the NE Arts Council to divide the state into creative districts and allow the NE Arts & Humanities Cash Fund to provide more funds and grant dollars to such districts. BAD BILL/ PASSED
LB 848: Pansing Brooks. To eliminate Columbus Day and replace this historic holiday with a joint Columbus Day-Indigenous Peoples’ Day, although Native Americans already enjoy a federal special day the day after Thanksgiving. This bill degrades the contributions of Columbus. The ACLU, Nebraskans for Peace, and the NSEA all endorsed the bill. BAD BILL/ PASSED
LB 866: Wayne. To force every NE city over 20,000 in population to submit a report every 2 years beginning in 2021 to the Urban Affairs Comm. showing their efforts to encourage low-income government-subsidized housing and residential areas zoned for dense housing. To force cities to establish dense, low income government-subsidized housing in single family residential neighborhoods despite potential neighborhood opposition. To appropriate $10 million from the general fund to support development of low-cost housing in NE counties with over 100,000 population. A city of the metropolitan class, city of the primary class, or city of the first class with a population over 20,000 which fails to adopt an affordable housing plan by January 1, 2023 or January 1, 2024 required to adopt a default housing plan. Under the default plan, the city required to amend its zoning ordinances to allow the development of dense apartment housing in areas currently zoned for single-family residential dwellings. No investor would buy a property, as a landlord cannot evict under this bill. The rent moratorium also will cover foreclosures, so no lender will loan on such rental property. Under Sec. 8, either the city council or mayor could initiate a moratorium because of pandemic reasons like unemployment by resolution or proclamation. This amendment would add a crippling modification to the current tenant-landlord act. The earlier gubernatorial moratorium on evictions already has created a financial hardship for landlords, who do not have unlimited resources and must continue to pay mortgages, property taxes, insurance premiums, and maintenance costs. Leftist organizations that supported this amendment include the ACLU, OTOC, NE Appleseed, and Together, Inc. BAD BILL/ PASSED
LB 881: M. Hansen. To allow criminals, not the court, to decide about deduction of criminal fines from their bonds. To allow a criminal sentenced to community service to apply to have conviction erased, also allow defendants sentenced to less than 1 year of incarceration to apply to have their convictions set aside. The bill also creates a process for defendants to ask to dismiss charges, if they will not be restored to mental competency in the reasonably foreseeable future. To replace references to misdemeanors and felonies with the word “offense.” LB 1181 will eliminate non-violent felony offenses from application under the habitual criminal law. BAD BILL/ PASSED
LB 899: Hughes. To allow NE public power districts to develop, manufacture, use, buy, and sell advanced biofuels, fuels, and their byproducts, thereby competing with private enterprises, particularly those marketing natural gas. BAD BILL/ PASSED
LB 918: Wayne. To create the bureaucratic Commission on African-American Affairs of 14 paid African-American members for 4- year terms, appointed by the Governor, and a paid executive director. Members will receive $50 per diem payments plus reimbursement for expenses. This legislation will cause reverse discrimination in NE against whites in education and employment. The ACLU supported this bill. BAD BILL/ PASSED
LB 918A: Wayne. To appropriate $382,500 to fund LB 918. BAD BILL/ PASSED
LB 924: Chambers. To force all NE law enforcement agencies to establish anti-bias training and testing to minimize alleged racial profiling and report their policies to the NE Commission on Law Enforcement. All law officers must undergo at least 2 hrs. of training yearly. Agencies that fail to comply will become ineligible to receive loans, grants, or donations from the commission, to which agencies must submit their data, until corrected. The leftist NE ACLU and NE Appleseed both supported the bill. BAD BILL/ PASSED
LB 956: Walz. If a welfare recipient appeals a decision to terminate welfare coverage or decrease coverage within 30 days, the welfare dept. must explain reason for such action and cannot terminate or decrease coverage until appeal ruling. BAD BILL/ PASSED
LB 962: Hunt. To allow payment to NE public or private college athletes for use of their names, reputations, or images in commercial contracts without losing athletic scholarships and amateur status. Student athletes can hire professionals to negotiate contracts or obtain legal counsel. Also prevents collegiate athletic associations from punishing a student or institution for doing such, and athletes can sue colleges or athletic associations for alleged violations. NE college athletes already receive about $750 per month for expenses like rents. Donors now can offer sponsorships and other perks to key recruits. Players can make deals with sports betting outlets, leading to scandals. This bill conflicts with current NCAA rules and will cause bidding wars for top athletes. BAD BILL/ PASSED
LB 1004: Lathrop. Another pro-criminal bill from Sen. “Let ‘em Loose Lathrop” to automatically allow earlier parole for inmates, within 2 years of their mandatory release date. Some inmates would become eligible for parole upon arriving at prison. The rising crime rate requires construction of a new prison, not loosing dangerous criminals onto an unsuspecting society because of overcrowding. The ACLU supported the bill. BAD BILL/ PASSED/VETOED
LB 1004A: Lathrop. To appropriate $100,000 to fund LB 1004. BAD BILL/ PASSED/ VETOED
LB 1008: Scheer. Budget bill to appropriate $1.5 million more for local public health departments. Unspent COVID-19 relief funds will pay for rental, food, and child care welfare services. Appropriation to HHS for FY 2020-21 of $250,000 General Funds for support of child advocacy centers. Using FY 2019 expenditure data and adding 1.25% for utilization increases, the increase in the Children’s Health Insurance Program will total $817,122 ($251,510 General Funds and $565,612 Federal Funds) in FY 2021. Using the same calculations for the current Medicaid- eligible with a utilization increase of 1.23%, the rate increase will total $8,844,074 ($3,888,740 General Funds and $4,955,335 Federal Funds) in FY 2021. The rate increases will become part of the base for FY 2022 and beyond. Additional funding will become necessary for the Medicaid Expansion Adult Group that will become eligible beginning on October 1, 2020. $10,000,000 Cash Funds to Economic Development for rural workforce housing. BAD BILL/ PASSED
LB 1053: HHS Comm. To require the welfare dept. to keep its Medicaid reimbursement rate methodology within present rules and regulations, preventing the dept. from altering payment rates. No one could become appointed as a receiver for more than 6 health care facilities at the same time. BAD BILL/ PASSED
LB 1060: Cavanaugh. To prohibit discrimination against braids, dreadlocks, and twists in the NE Fair Employment Practices Act. Supporters claim that the bill would encourage people to come to work in NE. Actually, employees with snake braids, chunks of metal hanging out of their faces, and other detriments drive away customers. Employers often have grooming policies for safety, sanitary, and appearance purposes. Another unnecessary regulation of businesses that would have caused increased bogus employment discrimination lawsuits. The ACLU supported the bill. BAD BILL/ PASSED/ VETOED
LB 1089: Vargas. To force every public high school student to apply for federal aid from the U.S. Education Dept. before graduating, beginning in the 2021-2022 school year. Parents would assume this unfunded mandate. They could opt out but not opt in and would have to reveal personal and sensitive financial information. More paperwork for principals and state education commissioner. BAD BILL/ PASSED/ VETOED
LB 1131: Groene. To force every NE public school board to include a phone number of a national or local suicide hotline on each new middle school and high school student ID card. To force every NE public college and university to do the same. To add liberal studies on lynching and racial massacres to mandated multicultural education. BAD BILL/ KILLED
LB 1140: HHS Comm. To add a series of requirements for state juvenile detention facilities and a grievance process for the youth at these facilities, though many bill provisions already addressed by current policy. To pay an outside consultant to make a needs assessment and cost analysis to establish an inpatient adolescent psychiatric unit at the Lincoln Regional Center. BAD BILL/ PASSED
LB 1144: HHS Comm. To require the juvenile services division to report to the HHS inspector-gen. all property damage and use of mechanical restraints at a youth detention center. To develop a policy on use of restraints on detention juveniles. Such policy already existent and never used as punishment but only when considered necessary. Also requires this division to report to the inspector-gen. all instances of assault, escape, and attempted suicide at detention centers. LB 1144 will require the division to submit a report 4 times a year on the number of grievances filed at each youth detention center and include a categorization of the issues related to each grievance. To create a duplicative and unnecessary juvenile facility legislative oversight committee, which would hamper HHS ability to act swiftly to control criminal juveniles. BAD BILL/ PASSED
LB 1148: Vargas. To allow private child advocacy agencies to access public child abuse and neglect investigation information under review by HHS. To restrict the use by HHS of private facilities for youth committed to its care as delinquency and status offense cases. The Nebraska Christian Home Educators Association opposed the bill. BAD BILL/ PASSED
LB 1160: M. Hansen. To provide workforce outcome data to postsecondary educational institutions, to guide students on what classes to take to be successful in specific jobs, to provide comprehensive data reports on student workforce results, to track workforce outcomes, and to track student outcomes according to race, ethnicity, gender, and income.
LB 1188: Howard. To require creation of a superintendent of schools position to administer education at all state juvenile facilities supervised by HHS by Dec. 1, 2020. BAD BILL/ PASSED

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