Health and Human Services Committee, Nebraska State Legislature

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The Health and Human Services Committee is a standing committee of the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature. Per Legislature Rule 3, the committee is made up of seven members.[1]

Per Rule 3 of the Unicameral Rules, committees in the Nebraska Legislature are appointed biennially by a thirteen-member select Committee on Committees with approval from the Legislature at-large. The Committee, which itself is elected by the whole Legislature at the beginning of a legislative session following an election, is responsible for submitting a preliminary report of appointments, then on the following day a final report to be voted on by the Legislature. If a final report is not passed, it is returned to the Committee for alterations.[2] During the session, vacancies are filled by the Committee on Committees unless provided for otherwise. Between sessions, vacancies are filled by a vote of the Executive Board.[3] The Speaker is not allowed to serve on a standing committee, but is to serve on the Rules Committee ex officio.[4]

DocumentIcon.jpg See rules: Rules of the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature


The Health and Human Services Committee is responsible for processing legislation involving the following subject areas:
  • Public Health Areas
  • hospitals; nursing homes; homes for the aged; health facilities; long-term care; certificate of need
  • mental health regions; alcoholism and drug programs
  • professional and occupational licensing; boards
  • medical assistance
  • emergency medical care; services; ambulances
  • human remains
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • children; diseases; maternal and infant care
  • housing and building standards
  • vital statistics; rural and local health; generic drugs; Radiation Control Act; Asbestos Control Act
  • Social Services and Public Assistance
  • public assistance
  • children; foster care; child care; support; placement
  • aging
  • community action agencies
  • behavioral health
  • Early Intervention Act
  • blind and visually impaired
  • developmental disabilities
  • deaf and hard of hearing[5][6]


2015 legislative session

The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2015 legislative session.

Health and Human Services Members, 2015
Democratic members (0)Republican members (0)Third-party members (7)
Kathy Campbell (Nebraska), Chair
Sara Howard, Vice Chair
Roy Baker
Tanya Cook
Sue Crawford
Mark Kolterman
Merv Riepe


The following table described committee membership at the beginning of the 2013 legislative session.


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