LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers have advanced a bill to lay the groundwork for an emergency suicide and mental health hotline. Senators gave the measure first-round approval with a 41-0 vote.
Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks of Lincoln introduced the measure in response to a new federal law that will create a 988 number for suicide prevention calls. The bill would create a task force with local stakeholders to help the state prepare and see what resources are needed.
Some lawmakers raised concerns that the task force could eventually come back with a funding request, which could mean a new fee imposed on phone bills.