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Senator Megan Hunt has provided the following update:

Interim Studies Update

During the interim, we are conducting five studies to inform future legislation and policies. Through these studies, we have been meeting with community organizations, collecting data, and conducting in-depth research related to the study topic. Below is information regarding each study and the activities our office has been involved with so far during the interim. Many of our studies will include a hearing where we bring together experts to speak about the study topics and provide valuable insights.

The five studies include:

LR126 – Interim study to examine issues related to urban development in municipalities across Nebraska

  • We have collaborated closely with Nebraskans for the Arts and the Arts Council of Nebraska to explore the economic benefits and drivers related to arts and cultural districts in urban and rural areas.
  • Data collection and research related to the impact arts and cultural districts on communities.
  • Exploration of transportation and urban development.
  • Exploration of housing affordability and urban development.
  • Hearing: Wednesday, October 16, 4:00-5:00pm, Metropolitan Community College – South Omaha Campus.

LR127 – Interim study to ensure youth in the foster care system and juvenile justice system understand their rights, to ensure their rights are being upheld, and to explore the need for additional rights

  • We are working directly with Nebraska Appleseed on this study.
  • We have met with Nebraska Children’s Commission, and have meetings scheduled with Project Everlast in Omaha and Fremont.
  • No hearing scheduled yet.

LR135 – Interim study to examine issues related to food insecurity in Nebraska communities

  • This is an extensive study examining various policy strategies to increase access to SNAP benefits for Nebraskans across the state.
  • Our office has conducted research into SNAP eligibilities across the U.S. compared to Nebraska, collected data on various programs we found nation-wide, and put together a list of potential policy options for future legislation.
  • We have met and collaborated with various agencies and organization in Nebraska including Center for People in Need, Together Omaha, Nebraska Appleseed, Center for Rural Affairs, and the Food Bank for the Heartland.
  • We have scheduled meetings with a variety of other organization in the next few weeks.
  • Hearing: Friday, September 27, 1:30, Nebraska State Capitol.

LR145 – Interim study to examine the financing of energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements on single-family residential property under the Property Assessed Clean Energy Act

  • Hearing not scheduled yet.

LR243 – Interim study to examine the practice of medical refusal for contraception, sterilization, or abortion services by health care facilities and providers

  • Hearing not scheduled yet.

In addition, Senator Hunt will be helping to direct and manage six studies in the Urban Affairs committee. She is also working with Senator Lowe on a joint study to examine special designated licenses issued by the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission and review potential reforms. A list of all proposed interim studies, including the introducer, can be found here. 

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