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Education Committee

Date: Tuesday March 02, 2021
Location: Room 1525
Time: 1:30 PM

LB62 Kolterman Create the Access College Early Scholarship Cash Fund and change provisions relating to the Nebraska Education Improvement Fund, Nebraska Opportunity Grant Fund, and Community College Gap Assistance Program Fund
LB36 Erdman Require display of the national motto in schools
LB87 Morfeld Provide for mental health first aid training for school districts and change provisions relating to the use of lottery funds

Due to COVID-19, the Legislature has expanded procedures for public input on legislation. For details, go to https://nebraskalegislature.gov/committees/public-input.php

Date: Monday March 01, 2021
Location: Room 1525
Time: 9:30 AM

LR21CA Briese Constitutional amendment to require the State of Nebraska to pay all classroom expenses related to the operation of public elementary and secondary schools
LB378 DeBoer Require the Commissioner of Education to report data as prescribed
LB640 Day Change provisions related to early childhood education in the Tax Equity and Educational Opportunities Support Act

Due to COVID-19, the Legislature has expanded procedures for public input on legislation. For details, go to https://nebraskalegislature.gov/committees/public-input.php

Date: Monday March 01, 2021
Location: Room 1525
Time: 1:30 PM

LB630 Bostar Provide for a study of the efficacy of commercial air filters in classrooms
LB565 McDonnell Provide for a youth initiated mentoring pilot program
LB200 Vargas Provide a high school graduation requirement relating to federal student aid
LB639 Day Adopt the Seizure Safe Schools Act

Due to COVID-19, the Legislature has expanded procedures for public input on legislation. For details, go to https://nebraskalegislature.gov/committees/public-input.php

Date: Tuesday February 23, 2021
Location: Room 1525
Time: 9:30 AM

LB5 Blood Adopt the Purple Star Schools Act
LB669 Vargas Adopt the Veteran Promise Act
LB281 Albrecht Require child sexual abuse prevention instructional programs for school students and staff

Due to COVID-19, the Legislature has expanded procedures for public input on legislation. For details, go to https://nebraskalegislature.gov/committees/public-input.php

Date: Tuesday February 23, 2021
Location: Room 1525
Time: 1:30 PM

LB550 Wayne Change enrollment option limits and provisions for part-time enrollment in schools  
LB651 Wayne Provide a termination date for the enrollment option program
LB396 Brandt Adopt the Nebraska Farm-to-School Program Act

Due to COVID-19, the Legislature has expanded procedures for public input on legislation. For details, go to https://nebraskalegislature.gov/committees/public-input.php

Education
Location: Room 1525
Time: 1:30 PM

LB359 Pansing Brooks Change provisions regarding multicultural education as prescribed and provide powers for the State Board of Education
LB527 Walz Change provisions relating to transition services for students with a developmental disability
LB538 Walz Adopt the Community Schools Act and change the distribution of income from solar and wind agreements on school lands

 

Due to COVID-19, the Legislature has expanded procedures for public input on legislation. For details, go to https://nebraskalegislature.gov/committees/public-input.php

Public Hearings—How to share your views with senators

Nebraska’s unique Unicameral Legislature relies heavily on the “second house” – the citizens of the State of Nebraska. Ensuring that members of the public have the opportunity to have their voices heard is vital to the legislative process.

The COVID-19 pandemic has created unique health and safety concerns. The Legislature has considered and adopted expanded methods by which the public can provide input into the legislative process so that citizens who have safety concerns about in-person testifying have multiple opportunities to have their voice heard as part of the legislative and committee process.

The following options provide ways for citizens to share their views on a bill with the Legislature. Please read each option carefully, as each has a different outcome as to how your input is recorded.

 

Option 1

In-Person Testimony:

As always, persons attending a public hearing in person will have an opportunity to present verbal testimony to the committee and be subject to questioning by the committee members. In-person testimony is generally limited to 5 minutes although the chair of each committee has discretion to modify that time limit.

Persons verbally testifying will be listed as a testifier on the committee statement as has been the practice, and have their position included within the official committee hearing record.

 

Option 2

Written Testimony In Lieu of In-Person Testimony for Public Hearings during the 2021 Session:

As part of the Nebraska Legislature’s procedural modifications in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, during the 2021 Session, the standing committees will be accepting submitted written testimony for public hearings on a bill or resolution when the following specific procedures outlined below are met.

The intent of this option is to create a substitute for those who are concerned about safety by testifying in person but wish to have their testimony submitted, name recorded on the committee statement, and included in the formal committee hearing record as if they had testified in person. Please note that the committee statement will note that the testimony was provided in writing with no opportunity for the committee members to question the testifier.

In order to take advantage of this option, the following four requirements must be met:

  1. Submission of written testimony will only be accepted the day of the hearing between 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. in the committee room in which the hearing is scheduled.
  2. Individuals must present their written testimony in person during this time frame and sign the submitted written testimony record at the time of submission on the day of the hearing on the bill.
  3. The testifier must submit 12 copies. Failure to submit the required number of copies will result in the treatment of the submission as a position letter and not written testimony.
  4. The written testimony must be a written statement that is no longer than 2 single-spaced, typed pages or 4 double-spaced, typed pages in length.
  5. Only the written testimony from the person delivering the testimony will be accepted. No handouts, testimony, or letters from other individuals may be included outside of an individual’s written testimony.
  6. Written testimony will be handed out to each member of the committee during the hearing and made available as part of the hearing transcript when the transcript is made public.

Failure to meet all of these procedures for submitted written testimony will result in the person providing the testimony to not be listed on the committee statement as a written testifier, however, the testimony will be included in the official hearing record as an exhibit.

An individual with a disability, as defined by the federal Americans with Disability Act of 1990, may have his or her written testimony submitted in person by another individual between 8:30 and 9:30 on the day of the hearing in the respective hearing room.

The individual delivering the testimony will be authorized to sign the written testimony record on behalf of the individual with a disability, after signing a statement that to the best of their knowledge, the individual whose testimony he/she is delivering has a disability as defined by the federal Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

This exception is allowed because COVID-19 often presents greater risks to individuals with a disability.

In order to be included on the committee statement as submitting written testimony, all remaining requirements (numbers 1, and 3-6) must be met.

Option 3

Position Letter:

If you are not testifying in person on a bill or resolution, or submitting written testimony in person on a bill (Option 2), but would like to submit a position letter to be included in the official hearing record as an exhibit, you must deliver your letter to the office of the committee chair or emailed to the committee’s email account at edupl@leg.ne.gov by 12:00 p.m. CST on the last work day prior to the public hearing.

Letters emailed (and not hand-delivered) will not be included as part of the public hearing record if sent to any email other than the committee’s email account at edupl@leg.ne.gov.

Your letter must identify the bill or resolution, include your name and address, state a position of for, against, or neutral, on the bill in question and include a request for the letter to be included as part of the public hearing record.

Please note that mass communications will also not be included as part of the official hearing record as an exhibit regardless of delivery time or requests to have the communication included.

 

Option 4

Online database:

In order to facilitate public input on legislation, a new feature has been added to the Nebraska Legislature’s website for submission of written statements on pending legislation on the Legislature’s website at any stage of the process.  (To access this feature, search for the bill you wish to submit a statement on and click the corresponding button near the top of the bill page.)

These submissions will not be considered testimony or part of the public hearing record, but the submitted statements will be available on the UniNet for access by senators and staff throughout the session.  Please note, there should be no expectation of privacy regarding comments submitted in this format. If a citizen uses the database to submit his or her views prior to the public hearing on a bill or resolution, this option will allow input to the members of the committee prior to any committee votes.

 

https://nebraskalegislature.gov/committees/public-input.php

Education
Location: Room 1525
Time: 9:30 AM

LB154 – Wayne – Require tracking of student discipline as prescribed

LB322 – Williams – Adopt the School Safety and Security Reporting System Act

LB673 – Murman – Adopt the Education Behavioral Awareness and Support Act and change the determination and certification of state aid to schools

 

Due to COVID-19, the Legislature has expanded procedures for public input on legislation. For details, go to https://nebraskalegislature.gov/committees/public-input.php

Education
Location: Room 1525
Time: 1:30 PM

Appointment  – Kelly, Gene – Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education

LB198 – Vargas – Change provisions relating to the Student Discipline Act

LB136 – Vargas – Change procedures regarding short-term suspension of students

LB518 – Morfeld – Change provisions relating to long-term suspension, expulsion, or mandatory reassignment under the Student Discipline Act

LB642 – Day – Provide for reimbursements to school districts and educational service units for mental health expenditures

Due to COVID-19, the Legislature has expanded procedures for public input on legislation. For details, go to https://nebraskalegislature.gov/committees/public-input.php

Education
Location: Room 1525
Time: 9:30 AM

Appointment – Kime, Duane L. – Board of Educational Lands and Funds

LB473 – DeBoer – Adopt the Extraordinary Increase in Special Education Cost Act

LR13CA – Brewer – Constitutional amendment to limit the percentage of funding for schools that comes from

Due to COVID-19, the Legislature has expanded procedures for public input on legislation. For details, go to https://nebraskalegislature.gov/committees/public-input.php

Committee Members
  • Sen. Lynne Walz, Chairperson
  • Sen. Jen Day
  • Sen. Lou Ann Linehan
  • Sen. Terrell McKinney
  • Sen. Adam Morfeld
  • Sen. Dave Murman
  • Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks
  • Sen. Rita Sanders
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