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Yesterday, 3 of my juvenile justice bills moved to Final Reading as part of a package of bills.
In January, the Heath and Human Services committee released a report with 14 recommendations for how the Legislature could help stabilize the State Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Centers, or YRTCs. 11 bills were then introduced that created more complete oversight of the YRTCs, 3 of which were bills I proudly sponsored. These 11 bills were then combined into 4 main bills. Yesterday morning, these four bills, LB 1140, LB 1144, LB 1188, and LB 1148, were all moved to the final stage of legislative debate. It was an honor to collaborate with Senator Howard, members of the Heath and Human Services Committee, Senator Lathrop, members of the Judiciary Committee, and stakeholders and advocates in our communities to create meaningful change, provide support, and add critical and necessary oversight.