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News | March 31, 2021

Legislative Bills 2021

The following is a list of legislative bills introduced by Nebraska Senators during the 2021 Legislative Session. The particular bills on this list benefit survivors of sexual assault.

LB 7 – Provides Legal Protections for Trafficking Survivors and Victims of Violent Crimes (Introduced by Senator Carol Blood). Good Samaritan laws promote the safety and well-being of our communities, allowing individuals to seek health care and report crimes without fear. LB 7 would allow survivors and witnesses of violent crimes to report without fear of prosecution or arrest for sex work or drug-related offenses. This bill supports the identification of violent crimes in our community and promotes survivor safety.

LB 20 – Reducing barriers to birth control by providing insurance coverage for up to one year at a time. Introduced by Senator Carol Blood, co-sponsored by Senators J. Cavanaugh, Day, and Hunt. Referred to the Banking, Commerce, and Insurance Committee.

LB 118 – Extending the duration of protection orders from 1 year to 5 years, so victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault, and harassment do not have to go to the court year after year to seek safety for themselves and their families. Introduced by Senator Adam Morfeld.

LB 183 – Ensuring access to emergency contraception for sexual assault survivors through the Sexual Assault Emergency Care Act. Introduced by Senator Megan Hunt, co-sponsored by Senators M. Cavanaugh, Day, McKinney, and Pansing Brooks. Referred to the Health and Human Services Committee.

LB 258 – Supporting workers with paid sick and safe leave to care for themselves and their families when they are ill or need time off work to seek safety for themselves or their family as a result of domestic or sexual violence. Introduced by Senator Tony Vargas. Referred to the Business and Labor Committee.

LB 360 – Defines affirmative consent relating to sexual assault. Creates a “yes means yes” (I.e. affirmative consent) standard for sexual assault cases by adding a provision to the meaning of “without consent” (I.e. consent to engage in sexual contact or sexual penetration was not knowingly or voluntarily given).

LB 372 and LB 497 – Supports Survivors of Domestic & Sexual Violence through the Crime Victim’s Reparations (CVR) Program – Both of these bills (LB 372 and LB 479) support survivors of domestic abuse, sexual assault, or sex trafficking in seeking reimbursement for the costs associated with their victimization through the existing CVR program. 

 

Sources: http://omahawomensfund.org/latest/ and http://nebraskalegislature.gov