NFFV Action Request

Upcoming Health and Human Services Committee Hearing

Thursday, February 2, 2023

1:30 PM, Room 1510


LB115 Family Home Visitation Act

What is The Family Visitation Act?

LB115 is stated to "improve the health, well-being, and self-sufficiency of parents and their children". It provides visits by nurse, social workers, and other early childhood and health professionals.

The full bill is available on Nebraska Legislatures' website.

What is Missing From this Act?

Looking deeper there are several concerning items missing from this Act:

  • There is no clearly defined criteria listed to determine who needs a visitation from the program.
  • There is no objective standard listed to determine if the visitation was "successful" or "unsuccessful".
  • There are no listed action for what happens after an "unsuccessful" visitation.

What happens if you no longer want a visitation?

How does this bill interact with Amendment IV of the United States Constitution and "the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects, against unreasonable searches..."? The answer is we just don't know. The Family Visitation Act is poorly written bill that does not stipulate a specific purpose, specific resources required, or a specific time period.

Be Heard!

How Can I help?

Take action, your voice is powerful make it heard. LB115 committee hearing is scheduled Thursday February 2, 2023. If you can make it, come testify in person. Having committee member Senators hear YOUR story is very impactful. Click on first time in person testifier for some help hints. If you can't be there in person then send in written testimony. Not sure how to do that, click here.

For a listing of Health and Human Services Senators click here.

Not sure what to say?

Listed below are thought starters. Build your story around one or two of them. Quantity is not as important as a short heart felt personal story.


Here are three strong arguments to oppose this bill on:


Vague Legislation is Poor Legislation:

  • The bills states this is a voluntary program but there is no language that says who should volunteer for the program, what criteria volunteers will be ranked to, and who decides if a volunteer should actually should be in the program.
  • There is no mention to the amount of funds going to the program

Is there a need?

  • The Department of Health and Human Services already has existing programs to address items listed
  • Where do we go from here. Does the program become involuntary if a family tries to opt out?

Big Data / No Privacy:

  • One of the few listed requirements of the program is to gather data on families in the program.
  • Who gets the data, what is it used for?
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