The 2020 session of the 106
Nebraska Legislature is well underway with 482 new bills and 10 constitutional amendments introduced for the short, 60-day session. Over the next 30 days the 14 standing legislative committees will conduct a public hearing for each new bill.
Committees hearing bills pertinent to early childhood this session include:
- Health and Human Services, Senator Sara Howard, Chair
- Education, Senator Mike Groene, Chair
- Appropriations, Senator John Stinner, Chair
- Urban Affairs, Senator Justin Wayne, Chair
- Government Military and Veterans Affairs, Senator Tom Brewer, Chair
- Business and Labor, Senator Matt Hansen, Chair
- Judiciary, Senator Steve Lathrop, Chair
Although property taxes and a new business development tax incentive program will be the top priorities this session, First Five Nebraska is happy to see several senators introduce a variety of early childhood bills. We look forward to testifying in support of several of these new policy proposals.
At this point in the session, the full legislative body conducts floor debate in the mornings and public hearings in the afternoons. Senators have spent the past few weeks debating carryover bills from last session, but as issues make their way through the committee process, senators will begin debating 2020 priority bills.
LB266 on Final Reading
First Five Nebraska has been fortunate to work with
Senator Brett Lindstrom
this session. LB266 is a carryover bill that was on General File, the first round of debate. It corrects eligibility problems with the School Readiness Tax Credit Act. Senators have discussed the merits of the bill in floor debate and have advanced it to Final Reading. We’re excited to see so many senators support this important legislation and we’re eager to continue working with them to pass it.
First Five Nebraska monitors the Legislature and provides updates on all early childhood bills. Please view our website’s
page for the latest information. As always, First Five Nebraska will continue to support policies that provide quality early learning environments for all children.