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                                                                                       High Priority Legislation
   LB             Sponsor                  Committee/Status                                                                       Summary                                                                       Position

                                                                     Expands crime of assault on peace officer to those who are in treatment facilities (see 71-914--Treatment facility means a facility
                                                Judiciary                                                                                                                                                         H
   38            Flood (19)                                            which is licensed to provide services for persons who are mentally ill or substance dependent or both), jails, facilities of D. of
                                              Carried Over                                                                                                                                                      Oppose
                                                                                                                Corrections, or individuals under commitment

                                             Transportation         Repeal motorcycle helmet requirement; requires eye protection and motorcycle safety course for people between 15 and 21 years                 H
  200        Janssen (15) et al
                                              Carried Over                                                      old in order to ride without a helmet                                                           Oppose

                                             Appropriations         Appropriates $16.2 million (FY09-10) and $32.5 million (FY11-12) to provide services to persons on the DD waiting list and past their          H
  236        Lathrop (12) et al
                                              Carried Over               date of need for those services on 11/14/08; appropriates $150,000 to develop a new rate methodology for DD services                   Support

                                                  HHS                Requires DD director to ensure proper oversight of community-based DD services and to promulgate rules/regulations on safety,                 H
  291          Lathrop (12)
                                              Carried Over                             care and habilitation of individuals receiving publicly funded community-based DD services                               Support

                                                  HHS               Requires sign language interpreters and video remote interpreting for persons in places of public accommodation (see 20-133) only              H
  310         Haar (21) et al
                                              Carried Over                                                           when interpreters are available                                                            Support

                                             Appropriations                                                                                                                                                        H
  468          Karpisek (32)                                                       Appropriates $32 million for FY's 09-10 and 10-11 to provide services to persons on the DD waiting list
                                              Carried Over                                                                                                                                                      Support

            Nordquist (7) et al;                   HHS              Requires HHS to apply for a Medicaid waiver to cover community-based services--Secure residential, intensive community support,                H
            Nordquist priority           IPP (Folded into LB 603)                 dual diagnosis, intensive residential rehabilitation, emergency community support, and peer support                           Support

                                                  HHS               Allows for exemption for persons with disabilities to receive rehabilitation and habilitation services to maintain independent living          H
  610          Mello (5) et al
                                              Carried Over                              over the imposed Medicaid caps established last session with proof of medical necessity                                 Support

                                                  HHS                   Changes composition of mental health boards: removes psychiatric social worker, adds licensed independent social worker,                  H
  619           Howard (9)
                                              Carried Over                          licensed independent marriage and family therapist, or licensed marriage and family therapist                               Oppose

                                             Executive Board                                                                                                                                                       H
  LR 11      Lathrop (12) et al                                                                                     Extends the BSDC Special Committee
                                                Adopted                                                                                                                                                         Support

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                                                                                   Medium Priority 2009
   LB              Sponsor                       Comm                                                                              Summary                                                                           Position

                                              Gov Mil Vets              Waives tuition in NE college system (UNL, state colleges, community colleges) for combat-injured veterans or veterans with                     M
   17             White (8)
                                              Carried Over                      permanent/total disabilities. Good for one degree, diploma, or certificate and one baccalaureate degree                              Support

               Wallman (30)                       HHS
   68                                                                        Closure of BSDC can not happen until the legislature passes a law explicitly stating that; notification requirements                M (NCCD) Neutral
              Wallman priority                Carried Over

                                              Gov Mil Vet                                                                                                                                                              M
  125             Avery (28)                                                                                               Election Day Registration
                                              Carried Over                                                                                                                                                           Support

                 Avery (28)                        HHS                 Increases financial eligibility under Medicaid for children and pregnant women from 185% to 200% Federal poverty; increases                     M
                Avery Priority           IPP (Folded into LB 603)                   presumptive eligibility from 6 months to 12 months; eliminates monthly financial review for eligibility                          Support

                                         Bank, Comm, Insurance      Requires insurance coverage of prosthetics (where allowable and except for short-term policies or disease-specific policies) equal to
  149         Pankonin (2) et al                                                                                                                                                                                 M (NCCD) Support
                                              Carried Over                                                      Medicare (includes copays or deductibles)

                                                                        Appropriates $2.4 million (FY 09-10 in addition to any continuation increase) for staff salary and benefits increases to non-
                                             Appropriations                                                                                                                                                            M
  169         Hadley (37) et al                                     governmental ICFMRs; states intent that salary increases in years subsequent to FY09-10 not less than salary increases for Dev. Tech
                                              Carried Over                                                                                                                                                           Support
                                                                                                                                 II at BSDC

                                             Appropriations                                                                                                                                                            M
  178           Lathrop (12)                                                                               Appropriates $5.6 million for FY10-11 for DD rate equity
                                              Carried Over                                                                                                                                                           Support

                                             Transportation                                                                                                                                                            M
  255          Harms (48) et al                                                                                       Require seat belts for school buses
                                              Carried Over                                                                                                                                                           Support

                                            Business & Labor        Allows employees of Nebraska providing 24-hour care and custody of individuals to refuse to work more than 12 consecutive hours                    M
  267           Lathrop (12)
                                              Carried Over               unless unforeseen emergency situation occurs; prohibits same employees from working 7 straight days without a day off                       Support

                                                   HHS                  Requires operation of a 24-hour crisis, information, and referral service for behavioral health; staffed by behavioral health
  275          McGill (26) et al                                                                                                                                                                                 M (NCCD) Support
                                                   IPP                         personnel for each behavioral health region; requires BH regions to operate and report data on the service

              HHS Comm et al                     HHS                Changes appointments to quality review teams in Developmental Disability service regions (removes the 4 members appointed by
  288                                                                                                                                                                                                            M (NCCD) Oppose
             HHS Comm priority             Approved by Gov.                                                  HHS DD Director (p. 31-32) see also P. 28, 29

                                                  HHS                 Requires criminal background and fingerprints for persons providing transportation services to vulnerable adults and vulnerable                  M
  290           Stuthman(22)
                                                  IPP                   children; prohibits persons with felony convictions or convictions of moral turpitude from providing transportation services                 Support

                                                Judiciary                                                                                                                                                              M
  304         Council (11) et al                                                        Extends statute of limitations for claims against political subdivisions from 1 year to 2 years
                                              Carried Over                                                                                                                                                           Support

                                            Appropriations          Appropriates $100,000 to study privatization of BSDC (p. 6); $3.5 million for BH Aid (p. 7); $7 million for BSDC (p. 8); $544 million for          M
  311             Flood (19)
                                           Approved by Gov.                                    Medical Assistance (p. 14); $37 million for Mental Health Operations (p. 20);                                         Oppose

                                                   HHS              Creates Children and Family Support Hotline--assessment, referral to community services; establishes Family Navigator Program to
  346           Gay (14) et al                                                                                                                                                                                   M (NCCD) Support
                                         IPP (folded into LB 603)                             provide (at a minimum) peer support and connection to community programs

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                                                                                   Medium Priority Legislation
   LB             Sponsor                        Comm                                                                            Summary                                                                        Position

                                                 Judiciary           Eliminate custody relinquishment requirement for accessing children's behavioral health services; replace with voluntary service
  356          Dubas (34) et al                                                                                                                                                                            M (NCCD) Support
                                         IPP (folded into LB 603)                                                            agreements

                                                   HHS               Changes summary and analysis of Medicaid program for legislative and public review from biennial to annual; changes reporting                M
  371           Campbell (25)
                                           (Folded into LB 288)                        due dates; allows chair of HHS committee to be member of Medicaid Reform Council                                         Support

                                              Gov Mil Vet
  382            Rogert (16)                                                                                             Election Day Registration                                                        Support but prefer LB
                                              Carried Over
                                                                         Medical Home Act: establishes Medical Home pilot projects in 2 regions; intent to location that provides comprehensive,
                 Gloor (35)                       HHS
  396                                                                  coordinated health care, throughout a client’s (read Medicaid recipient) interaction with the health care system--focused on            M Support
                Gloor Priority              Approved by Gov.
                                                                                           prevention and management of high medical cost "clients" incl. appropriate ER use
                                                Education                                                                                                                                                         M
  440         Council (11) et al                                          Removes language specifying diversity as racial, ethnic, or cultural regarding the Student Diversity Scholarship Program
                                           Approved by Gov.                                                                                                                                                     Support
                                         Bank, Comm, Insurance
  493           Karpisek (32)                                                   Requires insurance coverage of cochlear implants for persons with severe to profound hearing impairment                        M Support
                                              Carried Over
  524            Friend (10)                                                                               Increases fines for parking in disability parking spots                                         M (NCCD) Support
                                            Approved by Gov.
  541           Campbell (25)                                                Adds exemption to the limits on amount, duration, and scope of dental services under the Medical Assistance Act               M (NCCD) Support
                                              Carried Over
                                                  HHS               Adds financial compensation for caregiving and special food/medical needs to enable people with disabilities to remain in the home
  590            Dierks (40)                                                                                                                                                                               M (NCCD) Support
                                              Carried Over                                                       and have family members care for them

                                                                    Creates the Nebraska Behavioral Health Education Center to fund 2 additional medical residents in a psychiatry program each year
               HHS Comm et al                     HHS                                                                                                                                                             M
  603                                                                starting in 2010 until 2013 focused especially on rural Nebraska; establish collaboration with other higher education institutions
                Gay Priority                Approved by Gov.                                                                                                                                                    Support
                                                                    and other stakeholders including consumers and families to develop evidence-based recovery-focused interdisciplinary curriculum

  661             Gay (14)                                                              Removes exclusion of antidepressant, antipsychotic, and anticonvulsant prescription drugs                          M (NCCD) Oppose
                                              Carried Over

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                                                                                    Low Priority Legislation
   LB              Sponsor                      Comm                                                                           Summary                                                                        Position

                                                                  Add Children's Day Health Services (an array of social, medical, rehabilitative, or other support services) to Medicaid --(see p.6);
   25            Friend (10)                                        applies to children with medical dependence, birth trauma, congenital anomalies, developmental disorders, or functional                      L
                                              Carried Over

                                               Revenue             Citizen Safety Grant Fund Program: make grants to eligible organizations to address violent crime (e.g., hiring more officers or
   59         Louden (49) et al                                                                                                                                                                                  L
                                                 IPP                                                           equipment) from taxes on alcohol
   94            Howard (9)                                        Provides for late application for homestead exemption if owner can document that a medical condition lead to late application                 L
                                           Approved by Gov.
  106            Harms (48)                                            Eliminates exemption occupant restraint law for vehicles as a secondary offense (makes by default a primary offense)                      L
                                             Carried Over
  154        Gov Milit Vet Comm                                                       Eliminate some boards, committees, etc--especially BHOC review requirements (pg. 26)                                       L
                                           Approved by Gov.

                                                  HHS            Prescriptions or devices which are not dispensed or administered to patients at Dept of Corrections facilities (incl. juvenile) can be
  173              Gay (14)                                                                                                                                                                                      L
                                                  IPP                               relabeled and redistributed to other patients at those facilities pursuant to valid prescription

                                                                    Homestead exemption for veterans with service-connected permanent disabilities from active duty or active duty for training
  239            Lathrop (12)                                    (drawing down compensation from federal Dep't of Veterans Affairs); exemption amount is percentage of disability as determined                  L
                                                                                                                by U.S. Dep't of Veterans Affairs

                                                  HHS             Requires HHS Division of Child and Family Services be accredited with the Council on Children and Family Services; appropriates
  247            Dubas (34)                                                                                                                                                                                      L
                                              Carried Over                                         funds to achieve and requires a plan to achieve accreditation

                                                Judiciary         NE Juvenile Code: protect children from abuse (physical, sexual, mental) and to provide services to children through the juvenile
  253            Ashford (20)                                                                                                                                                                                    L
                                              Carried Over                                                         court; see p. 4, 7, 13, 14, 16

  303         Nordquist (7) et al                                                                 Allows Social Security benefits exemption from state income tax                                                L

  376          Fulton (29) et al                                                                  Tax credit for caretakers of people with disabilities 65+ years old                                            L

  390            Coash (27)                                                                     Pay community-based DD services on a daily basis rather than hourly                                              L
  395            Fulton (29)                                                                             Stroke Registry Act: collect data on stroke patients                                                    L
                                              Carried Over
                                         Bank, Comm, Insurance   Uninsured Access Policies (for people or families who do not qualify for Medical Assistance) may include prescription, preventative
  445            Fulton (29)                                                                                                                                                                                     L
                                           Approved by Gov.                                                             health care coverage
                Harms (48)                        HHS
  458                                                                       Allows recipients to engage in vocational education to meet self-sufficiency contract under public assistance                        L
               Harms Priority              Approved by Gov.

                                                                 Increase state-funded behavioral health provider rates annually by the increase in the Consumer Price Index and report current and
  519            McGill (26)                                        projected rates/funding necessary to the Appropriations Committee; establishes the Provider Reimbursement Commission to                      L
                                              Carried Over
                                                                                        develop rate methodology and recommendations regarding provider rate increases

  634             Mello (5)                                                                        Removes social security from income calculation for state taxes                                               L
  656          Harms (48) et al                                                 Intent language for NE healthcare plan development; study includes behavioral health and mandates                                L
                                              Carried Over
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