January 27, 2017                                                                                      www.nacone.org   NACO E-Line Archive  

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Nebraska Weed Control Association Annual Conference
 - February 13-15, 2017
   Ramada Inn
Agenda - Registration
Nebraska Planning & Zoning Conference
   - March 8-10, 2017
     Younes Center
Agenda - Registration

Spring District Meetings

Central District

 - March 16, 2017
   Holiday Inn, Kearney

Northeast District
 - March 17, 2017
   Northeast Community College, Norfolk

Panhandle District
 - March 22, 2017
   Gering Civic Center

West Central District
 - March 23, 2017
   Ogallala Quality Inn

Southeast District
 - March 24, 2017
   Mahoney State Park

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AssocMembersAssociate and Sustaining Members

NACO Associate and Sustaining Members enable NACO to enhance its continuing education programs for county officials across the state. Visit NACO's complete associate and sustaining membership list here.

iofe20172017 Institute of Excellence
Now's the Time! Register for the 2017 NACO Institute of Excellence

Note: Please call Carroll Welte at 402.374.2954 or Jessica Jones at 402.335.3669, if you registered for the NACO Institute of Excellence using the registration form link contained in the last NACO newsletter. If you haven't registered for the Institute, read on!

Some people love change and adapt easily while others hate change and refuse to accept it altogether. Change is hard to keep up with (e.g. technology); change happens naturally (e.g. aging). Regardless of how much is understood about change, one thing for certain is that change is inevitable. How people cope with change says a lot about them as leaders and managers.

Registration is open for the 2017 NACO Institute of Excellence. Change is brought up in almost every session of the Institute. In March participants hear how people perceive change based on personality preferences and generational differences. How people manage change plays into how they manage conflict, a topic for May. A July presenter will talk about a significant change happening in many counties that most people are completely missing. September's buzz words include influence and innovation-two words that suggest change.

Good leaders embrace change. They look toward the future, recognize trends and manage change in ways that benefit the people they serve. The NACO Institute of Excellence is a year-long, leadership-focused professional development program for county officials. It's an excellent venue for county officials (seasoned or new) to exchange ideas and discuss topics like change.

To learn more about when and where the program is offered go to www.nacone.org and look under Upcoming Events or call Extension Educators, Carroll Welte (402.374.2954) or Jessica Jones (402.335.3669). Better yet, beat the February 9, 2017 deadline and register today. Go to www.nacone.org   and click on Registration under Upcoming Events 2017 NACO Institute of Excellence.

porkinviteNebraska County Officials Invited To Pork Industry Breakfast
County Officials are invited to learn about the pork industry as it is today. Our goal is to provide conversations and experiences to understand modern pork production from environmental, social, and economical positions.

Breakfast will begin at 8:30 a.m. and followed by a discussion from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Nebraska Innovation Campus Conference Center, 2012 Transformation Drive, Lincoln, Nebraska on February 14, 2017.  Breakfast is provided so please help to plan with this RSVP.  More details can be found by clicking here.
This discussion is hosted by Nebraska Department of Agriculture, The Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska (AFAN) and the Nebraska Pork Producers Association. Discussion topics will include building process, contract production, cost, equipment, odor, operations, permits, returns, science, technology and more. This time will allow county officials to ask questions and learn more about swine production in an informal setting. 
The discussion includes perspectives from Dr. Amy Schmidt - University of Nebraska Lincoln, Alan Stephens - the Maschhoffs, Mat Habrock - Nebraska Department of Agriculture, and Tim Chancellor - Thomas Livestock Company.
If you have not been inside a pig barn in a while, this is the next best thing to know about modern pig barns, as well as the latest innovations in pork production.
Feel welcome to share this invitation with other officials, board members, or others that you believe may have in interest in learning more about the progress and promise of the pork industry in Nebraska today! We hope this unique discussion will both educate you and inspire support for expanding the pork industry in Nebraska.
The Nebraska Pork Producers Annual meeting will be held immediately after this discussion.  You are welcome to stay and listen to speakers on a variety of swine industry topics.  The full agenda is available by visiting here.
If you have any questions about the meeting please contact: Kyla Habrock, Nebraska Pork Producers Association at 402-472-2528 or by email at kyla@nebpork.org.

scholarship2017Scholarship Applications Available for 2017 Graduates
Nebraska high school seniors who are the children, stepchildren, or under the legal guardianship of county officials or employees are encouraged to apply for one of twelve $1,000.00 NACO scholarships.  In addition to the twelve NACO scholarships, a special award, the Ronda Dix Memorial Scholarship, may be awarded to an applicant planning a career in nursing, physical therapy, or other medical field.  Additional information and the application form can be found on the front page of the NACO website.  The scholarship application deadline is March 1, 2017.  To access the application from this article, click here.

ovp2017Crime Commission Grant Funding Available
The Nebraska Crime Commission has announced the availability of the 2017 Office of Violence prevention Grant [OVP] . The Application Instructions outline general guidelines, eligibility, and funding requirements.  The Request For Application and the OVP Application are available by clicking on the highlighted titles.  The application deadline is Wednesday, February 15, 2017, no later than 5:00 p.m.
Competitive Funds Available:  $350,000.00

The Nebraska Crime Commission has also posted the application for the County Justice Reinvestment Grant.  Included with the application are instructions and the statute/rules and regulations governing the grant program.  The application is due by Wednesday, February 15, 2017, no later than 5:00 p.m.  

This information
can also be found on the Nebraska Crime Commission website.
 legallineLegal Line
Editor's Note: Legal Line is a feature that will periodically appear in NACO E-Line. This edition has been prepared by Elaine Menzel of the NACO legal staff. Legal Line is not intended to serve as legal advice. Rather, it is published to alert readers to court decisions and legal or advisory matters important to county government. For a specific opinion on how the information contained in this article or that which will be discussed in future issues relates to your county, consult your county attorney or personal counsel.

Federal Happenings
Recently, NACO became a member of the International Municipal Lawyers Association ( IMLA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the interests and education of local government lawyers. Counties can become a member. IMLA is the only national organization devoted exclusively to local government law. The Association provides written materials and training opportunities for members.
As a result of being a member of IMLA, we receive information from the State and Local Legal Center ( SLLC).
As of this date, newly inaugurated President Trump is in the process of reviewing many policies and the appointment of a Supreme Court Justice. Based on reports, he will name a nominee during the week of January 30, 2017.

 Executive Orders 101
By: Lisa Soronen, Executive Director of State & Local Legal Center
President Obama, like most of the Presidents that recently preceded him, issued about 300 executive orders. On the campaign trail President Trump promised to cancel President Obama's "unconstitutional" executive orders. Meanwhile, in his first days in office President Trump has signed a number of executive orders of his own.  
Through executive orders Presidents are able to direct the work of administrative agencies and implement authority granted to the President by a federal statute or the U.S. Constitution.
Executive orders are controversial because no provision of the Constitution explicitly authorizes them. Regardless, they have been used by every President (except one) since George Washington. Executive orders, while considered to have the force of law, can't be used to overturn laws but can be overturned by Congress.
The U.S. Supreme Court has declared some executive orders unconstitutional. Perhaps the most famous example is the 1952 case of Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. v. Sawyer. The Supreme Court struck down President Truman's executive order directing the Secretary of Commerce to seize and control all the United States steel mills. The Supreme Court ruled that neither the Constitution nor the laws of the United States authorized this action.  
More recently the Supreme Court agreed to decide if President Obama's executive order allowing certain undocumented immigrants to stay and work in the United States indefinitely was unconstitutional. The Supreme Court issued a 4-4 decision last summer which effectively affirmed a lower court ruling striking down the executive order on grounds other than it is constitutional.
Can President Trump cancel President Obama's "unconstitutional" executive orders? Yes, and he can reverse President Obama's "constitutional" executive orders as well. For example, President Trump has already reinstated the "Mexico City Policy" policy by executive order, which prohibits non-governmental organizations that receive federal funds from providing or promoting abortions overseas. Since President Reagan, Democrat and Republican presidents have alternatively cancelled or reinstated this policy by executive order.
More relevant to state and local government President Trump may reverse Obama executive orders on climate change, energy, and immigration.  Lisa Soronen's Blog Posts continue to discuss the current administration's efforts.  To read more, click here.
codirectory2017-2018 Directory of County Officials
NACO's 2017-2018 Directory of County Officials is a valuable resource that not only gives you names, addresses, phone numbers, fax numbers and e-mail addresses of every county official in the state, but includes a listing of county board meeting days, NACO districts, county seats, NACO officers and directors, affiliate officers and NACO staff.  In January, county clerks for each county will receive one complimentary printed copy of the directory intended for use by all offices in their courthouse. 

The NACO Directory will also still be available in electronic format by selecting the "Directory of County Officials" icon on the NACO webpage.  The electronic version is updated on a regular basis and contains the changes that occur between printings of the hard copies.
A printed directory is available for $19.00 if non-taxable and $20.00 if taxable.

Countygovernementdaycd  County Government Day PowerPoint
The PowerPoint presentation is available electronically at no charge (sent via e-mail) for use by counties during their annual County Government Day. The PowerPoint provides a comprehensive look at county government functions in the State of Nebraska and can be customized by each county. CD's are also available for $10.00 each to cover processing, shipping and handling. To request the County Government Day PowerPoint electronically, please e-mail your request to larrydix@nacone.org .

The CD order form is available here.

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County_Board_Handbook_2012  2016 County Board  Handbook and Revision s
The 2016 County Board Handbook and related revisions are now available.

The cost for a current handbook, including legislative information from the 2016 session, is $80.00/book plus $18.00 shipping and handling per book. The 2016 Supplement to the County Board Handbook is available for $25.00 plus $5.00 shipping and handling. The order form is available on the NACO website or by clicking here.  If you are interested in purchasing a complete handbook or a supplement  please contact
Deb Eberly by email or call her at (402) 434-5660 ext. 232.
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NACoNews From NACo

Drones: Latest Technology on County Radar

While manned aircraft is exorbitantly expensive to purchase, an unmanned aerial system or UAS - AKA "drone" - is not.  While this brings a wealth of opportunity for local governments, it also brings with it many new challenges.  Read more.

nacowebNACo Webinars

Stepping Up: Introduction to the "Six Questions County Leaders Need to Ask"

Feb. 2, 2017
, 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm CST 
Contact: Nastassia Walsh (202) 942-4289

Nebraska Association of County Officials
1335 H Street | Lincoln, NE 68508 | 402-434-5660