In Nebraska, the lawmaking process begins when a senator introduces a bill. Bills are assigned to one of 14 committees and a public hearing is scheduled. If a bill receives a majority vote of the committee it is placed on General File and debated by the full legislature until it signed by the Governor into law.

2020 Bill Tracker

Life

LB814 - End Dismemberment Abortion - SUPPORT

LB814 prohibits the barbaric practice of dismemberment abortion. This procedure is performed after 12 weeks of pregnancy and tears apart a living unborn child limb by limb.

On July 21st, state senators voted 30-8 with seven senators “Present – Not Voting” to pull the bill out of the Judiciary Committee. LB814 is now on General File and can be debated and voted on by the full legislature. 

LB423 - Abortion Providers in Schools - OPPOSE

LB423 authorizes abortion providers to serve as “school-based health centers” and provide abortion and contraceptive services to school children.

Stalled in the Health and Human Services Committee.

LB503 - Eliminate Physician Requirement for Abortion - OPPOSE

LB503 eliminates the requirement that a physician be physically present when performing, prescribing, or inducing an abortion, which would allow the abortion pill to be distributed via the mail or webcam.

Stalled in the Judiciary Committee.

LB872 - Repeal Abortion Pill Reversal Law - OPPOSE

LB872 strikes down a pro-life law passed last year that requires information on abortion pill reversal be given to women who have received the abortion pill.

LB 872 was heard in the Judiciary Committee on February 21st, 2020 and is awaiting a committee vote.

Human Trafficking

LB987 - Trafficking Victim Assistance - SUPPORT

LB987 eliminates the tax-exemption for escort services and directs new revenue to the Human Trafficking Victim Assistance Fund.

LB987 was heard in the Revenue Committee on February 13th, 2020 and is awaiting a committee vote.

Religious Freedom

LB167 - Faith Based Counseling Ban - OPPOSE

LB167 prohibits children and adults from receiving talk therapy, spiritual direction, and faith-based counseling and resources when seeking help with same-sex attraction and gender identity issues.

Stalled in the Judiciary Committee.

LB627 - SOGI Protected Class - OPPOSE

LB627 creates special protections for ‘sexual orientation’ and ‘gender identity’ which empower the government to punish people with religious beliefs on marriage and sexuality. These laws force citizens to promote messages and participate in events they disagree with and have been used not as a shield against discrimination, but as a sword against people of faith.

LB627 was voted out of the Judiciary Committee in 2019 and will have the opportunity to be debated by the full legislature in 2020. The bill has been designated as a priority bill by Senator Pansing Brooks.

Marriage & Family

LB873 - No Gender - OPPOSE

LB873 creates a “non” gender option on driver’s licenses and allows for the sex listed on birth certificates to be changed without any medical documentation. These changes elevate gender dysphoria into law, encourage sex-changes for minors, and allow biological males to easily compete in girls’ sports.

LB873 was heard in the Judiciary Committee on January 29th, 2020 and is awaiting a committee vote.

LB941 - SOGI & Foster Care - OPPOSE

The ‘sexual orientation’ and ‘gender identity’ nondiscrimination provision contained in LB941 would force children in state care to share restrooms, locker rooms, and sleeping areas with other individuals who choose to self-identity as the opposite sex. Parents who object to using cross-sex hormone therapy and sex-change operations in children would also be at risk of no longer being eligible to serve as foster parents, leaving fewer loving homes for children in need.

LB941 was heard in the Judiciary Committee on January 30th, 2020 and is awaiting a committee vote.

School Choice

LB1202 - School Choice - SUPPORT

LB1202 provides more scholarship opportunities for low-income children to attend a private school of their choice by creating a tax credit for private donations to nonprofit scholarship granting organizations. LB1202 will help more families have the ability to send their child to the school that’s best for them and put power back into the hands of parents.

LB1202 was heard in the Revenue Committee on February 19th, 2020 and is awaiting a committee vote. The bill has been designated as a priority bill by Senator Linehan.

Gambling

LR295 CA - Authorize Legislature to Legalize All Gambling - OPPOSE

LR295 CA removes the power to legalize gambling from Nebraska voters by authorizing the legislature to legalize any form of gambling, including casinos, slot machines, and internet gambling.

LR295 CA was heard in the General Affairs Committee on February 10th, 2020 and is awaiting a committee vote.

LB971 - Expand State-Sanctioned Predatory Gambling - OPPOSE

There are few industries more exploitative than state lotteries. LB971 expands the Nebraska state lottery to include sports betting and would increase gambling losses and addiction.

LB971 was heard in the General Affairs Committee on February 10th, 2020 and is awaiting a committee vote.

LB990 - Legalize Commercialized Sports Betting - OPPOSE

LB990 falsely labels sports betting and fantasy sports contests as “games of skill” in order to legalize full-blown commercialized sports betting, including online wagering. LB990 would substantially expand gambling in Nebraska, exploit impoverished people, and increase gambling losses and addition.

LB990 was heard in the General Affairs Committee on February 10th, 2020 and is awaiting a committee vote.

Steps a Bill takes to Become Law

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1st

Bill Introduction

Senator Sponsor

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2nd

Committee Hearings

Testimony Submitted

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3rd

General File

1st Round of Debate

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4th

Select File

2nd Round of Debate

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5th

 Final Reading

3rd Round of Debate

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Signed by Governor

Becomes Law