2015 Legislation

LEGISLATION SUPPORTED BY NEBRASKA CATHOLIC CONFERENCE:

LB 26 – Choice for Nebraska Children in Education Act (scholarship tax credit bill)
Text of bill: http://nebraskalegislature.gov/FloorDocs/104/PDF/Intro/LB26.pdf
Introducer:  Sen. Bob Krist      Not priortized
Status:  In Revenue Committee. Efforts are being made before the 2016 session to secure enough votes to get the bill out of Committee.
—More information on LB 26

LB 89 – Raise maximum payment level for Aid to Dependent Children (ADC)
Text of bill: http://nebraskalegislature.gov/FloorDocs/104/PDF/Intro/LB89.pdf
Status: Passed by Legislature, vetoed by Governor Ricketts. Compromise was reached between Sen. Campbell and Governor Ricketts to adopt a scaled down version of LB 89. The original bill would have gradually increased the maximum benefit each year through 2019, then would have stabilized it at 70 percent of the standard of need. The standard of need is based on the rate of growth of the Consumer Price Index in the previous two calendar years. The compromise bill capped growth in the proposed maximum payment level for monthly assistance at 55 percent of the standard of need. At 55 percent, the average payment increase is $72 a month, but that could increase based on changes in the consumer price index. The bill does away with the “cliff effect” inherent in the aid payments, which causes working parents to avoid raises, promotions or better-paying jobs because accepting them would increase their income enough to make them ineligible for cash assistance payments, but not enough to cover the loss of benefits. The bill also creates the Intergenerational Poverty Task Force to analyze data and information and develop plans, programs and recommendations to help children escape the cycle of poverty.  The compromise language was inserted into LB 607, replacing its original provisions.  Text of LB 607 with amendment 1551 adopted:  http://nebraskalegislature.gov/FloorDocs/104/PDF/AM/AM1551.pdf

—NCC Testimony

LB 114 – Redefine ambulatory surgical center to include abortion facilities
Text of bill: http://nebraskalegislature.gov/FloorDocs/104/PDF/Intro/LB114.pdf

Introducer:  Sen. Beau McCoy        Not priortized
Status:  In Judiciary Committee.  Efforts underway before the 2016 session to secure enough votes to get the bill out of Committee
–NCC Testimony

LB 187 – Require ultrasound video of fetal development as part of informed consent before abortion; require signage in abortion facilities about the right to not be coerced into having an abortion
Text of bill: http://nebraskalegislature.gov/FloorDocs/104/PDF/Intro/LB187.pdf
Introducer:  Sen. Bill Kintner        Not priortized
Status:  In Judiciary Committee
–NCC Testimony

LB 268 – Repeal death penalty in favor of incarceration for life
Text of bill: http://nebraskalegislature.gov/FloorDocs/104/PDF/Intro/LB268.pdf
Introducer:  Sen. Ernie Chambers        Priortizer:  Sen. Ernie Chambers
Status:  Enacted into law over the veto of Governor Ricketts
—NCC Testimony

LB 358 – Terminates the rights of the biological father whose impregnates a woman through rape
Text of bill: http://nebraskalegislature.gov/FloorDocs/104/PDF/Intro/LB358.pdf
Introducer: Sen. Tommy Garrett;            Not prioritized
Status: In Judiciary Committee
NCC Testimony

LB 495 – Earned Income Tax Credit
Text of bill: http://nebraskalegislature.gov/FloorDocs/104/PDF/Intro/LB495.pdf
Introducer:  Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks        Not prioritized
Status:  In Revenue Committee
—NCC Testimony

LB 623 – Motor Vehicle operator licenses for certain immigrants
Text of bill:  http://nebraskalegislature.gov/FloorDocs/104/PDF/Intro/LB623.pdf
Introducer:  Sen. Jeremy Nordquist     Priortizer:  Sen. John Mccollister
Status: Enacted into law over the veto of Governor Ricketts
—NCC Testimony

2015 – LEGISLATION OPPOSED BY NEBRASKA CATHOLIC CONFERENCE:

LB 586 – Prohibits discrimination in employment based on “sexual orientation” and “gender identity”
Text of the bill: http://nebraskalegislature.gov/FloorDocs/104/PDF/Intro/LB586.pdf
Introducer:  Sen. Adam Morfeld          Priortizer:  Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks
Status: On General File. LB 586 was debated for four hours May 14 and then pulled from the agenda for the rest of the legislative session. There was one vote taken on a bad amendment offered only a few hours before by Sen. Kathy Campbell (a supporter of 586) that was presented as a “religious exemption”.  It provided a completely inadequate exemption and would have made the bill worse from our perspective. Thankfully, only 20 senators voted for this amendment. LB 586 was pulled from the agenda largely because this vote on the amendment made it evident that the bill did not have sufficient votes to advance. Since the bill was pulled and not voted down, it will carry over to next year’s session. This means it could be debated again next year if it gains sufficient support between now and then.
—More information on LB 586
—NCC Testimony

LB 647 – Sexual Orientation Gender Identity non-discrimination in foster-care placements
Text of bill: http://nebraskalegislature.gov/FloorDocs/104/PDF/Intro/LB647.pdf
Introducer:  Sen. Jeremy Nordquist        Not prioritized
Status:  In Judiciary Committee
—NCC Testimony

LB 648 – Authorize joint adoption by any two unmarried adults
Text of bill: http://nebraskalegislature.gov/FloorDocs/104/PDF/Intro/LB648.pdf
Introducer:  Sen. Sarah Howard          Not prioritized
Status:  In Judiciary Committee
—NCC Testimony

LB 77 – Expand eligibility for Medicaid-subsidized family planning
Text of bill: http://nebraskalegislature.gov/FloorDocs/104/PDF/Intro/LB77.pdf
Introducer: Sen. Jeremy Nordquist        Not prioritized
Status:  General File (failed to advance to Select File)
—NCC Testimony

LB 490 – Codifying POLST (Providers Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment)
Text of bill: http://nebraskalegislature.gov/FloorDocs/104/PDF/Intro/LB490.pdf
Introducer:  Sen. Dan Watermeier          Not prioritized
Status:  In Health and Human Services Committee
—NCC Testimony