Nebraska lawmakers pass newborn heart screenings bill
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska lawmakers have passed a bill to require heart screenings for newborns to catch potential health problems. The bill won final approval on Wednesday with a 47-0 vote. The measure by Sen. Jim Smith of Papillion targets critical congenital heart disease, a relatively common birth defect in newborns that can lead to death. The legislation would require hospitals and other birthing facilities to develop policies that ensure each newborn receives a screening. For home births, the responsibility would fall to the person who registers the birth. The bill now heads to Gov. Dave Heineman.