2021 Nebraska Legislature: Early childhood policy highlights

by | Jun 24, 2021

Nebraska Sower

The first session of the 107th Nebraska Legislature adjourned sine die May 27. During the scheduled 90-day session, state senators debated and passed critical pieces of legislation, including a biennium budget, a Social Security tax cut and a bill to temporarily expand income eligibility limits for Child Care Subsidy. In total, Nebraska lawmakers passed 200 bills this session. Because this was the first year of the two-year biennium, remaining bills will be carried over to the 2022 session.

See early childhood bills FFN supported this legislative session

Senators will return for a special session in the fall for redistricting, the process of adjusting Congressional and Legislative district boundaries every 10 years based on new Census data. Before adjourning, policymakers debated LR134 to set guidelines and policies for the complicated redistricting process.

Interim session
Senators will conduct a number of studies during the interim. First Five Nebraska was fortunate to work with several senators to introduce legislative resolutions for interim studies looking at maternal health (Senators Machaela Cavanaugh and Tony Vargas), the Nebraska School Readiness Tax Credit (Senator John Stinner), early childhood home-visitation programs (Senator Lynne Walz) and the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program in Nebraska (Senator John McCollister). We look forward to engaging relevant stakeholders in this important work during the upcoming months. We’ll post blogs on the studies as work progresses.

The Second Session of the 107th Legislature is tentatively set to convene January 5, 2022. As always, First Five Nebraska looks forward to working with senators to promote sound, fiscally responsible policies that promote quality early learning experiences for children in Nebraska.

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