Nebraska Association of County Officials

1335 H Street Lincoln, NE 68508

Phone: (402) 434-5660
Fax: (402) 434-5673
Gov. Ricketts Approves Major Opioid Abuse Prevention Measure
LINCOLN – On April 4, Governor Pete Ricketts signed a new measure aimed at opioid abuse prevention into law. LB 931 provides new requirements for opiate and controlled substance prescriptions distributed in the State of Nebraska.

To read the Governor's Office press release, click here .
Planning For Disaster Recovery
The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency Recovery Section is proud to present the Planning for Disaster Recovery Webinar Series. This free three part series seeks to deepen the knowledge and skills of participants who engage in the disaster recovery process. Topics covered will include the disaster process, recovery program requirements, preparing for recovery before a disaster strikes , as well as an introduction to the brand new, FEMA Grants Portal.
 
Target audience will include: local elected officials; local health officials; county emergency managers ; college/university officials, county highway superintendents; city administrators; city/county clerks; and city/county treasurers.
Unicameral Youth Legislature
June 10-13, 2018

Help our youth learn what it's like to serve as a state senator. The Unicameral Youth Legislature is a four-day legislative simulation in which high school students take on the role of lawmakers. Student senators sponsor bills, conduct committee hearings, debate legislation and discover the unique process of the nation's only unicameral.

The Unicameral Youth Legislature gives behind-the-scenes access to students who have an interest in public office, government, politics, law, public policy, debate or public speaking. Students will learn about the inner workings of the Legislature directly from senators, staff and lobbyists. Bill topics are based on legislation considered during the most recent legislative session. From driving laws to the death penalty, topics selected for the legislature are diverse and engaging.

Legislative activities are conducted at the Nebraska State Capitol Building in the historic Warner Chamber, which was home to the Nebraska Senate until the state consolidated to a one-house legislature in 1937.

The youth legislature is organized by the Nebraska State 4-H Office and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Office youth development program. The Clerk of the Nebraska Legislature, through the Unicameral Information Office, serves as a technical consultant for the Unicameral Youth Legislature.

Registrants are encouraged to apply for a Greg Adams Civic Scholarship award, which covers the full cost of admission. Applicants must submit a short essay. Other $100 scholarships are also available.

Contact the Unicameral Information Office for more information.

Grants Training Available
Omaha Police Department and Grant Writing USA will present a two-day grants workshop in Omaha, May 17-18, 2018. This training is for grant seekers across all disciplines. Attend this class and you'll learn how to find grants and write winning grant proposals.

To read more about the training and available discounts, click here .
Legal Line
Public Power Generation Records Not Protected
 
A recent Nebraska Supreme Court decision on the disclosure of public power records to potential competitors has been the focus debate in the 2018 Legislature. Shortly after the case was decided in February, the Legislature’s Natural Resources Committee held a special hearing on an amendment to LB822 that would provide that the public power industry would not be required to disclose proprietary or commercial information which would give advantage to business competitors. This concept was made a part of the committee amendment to LB1008, which was adopted. At the time of this writing, the bill awaits further debate on Final Reading.

This article outlines the case.

Editor's Note: Legal Line is a feature that will periodically appear in NACO E-Line. This article has been prepared by Beth Ferrell 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.
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 .
2017 County Board Handbook and Revisions
Newly Revised -- 2017 County Board Handbook and Related Revisions are Now Available

The cost for a current handbook, including legislative information from the 2017 session, is $80.00/book plus $18.00 shipping and handling per book. The 2017 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 Spira or call her at (402) 434-5660 ext. 232.
News from NACo
2018 WIR Conference
The NACo Western Interstate Region (WIR) Conference brings together county officials from across the nation to focus on pressing issues facing counties and our residents. Each year the conference is hosted by a county within the fifteen Western states—Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawai'i, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming—and provides attendees with the opportunity to interact with federal, state and regional policymakers, participate in educational sessions and take home tools to address challenges.
NACo Webinars
Internet Sales Tax: From 1967 to Oral Argument in South Dakota v. Wayfair
Apr. 17, 2018
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm CDT
Contact: Lisa Soronen

On April 17 the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in South Dakota v. Wayfair. In this case the Supreme Court will decide whether to allow states to require out-of-state vendors to collect sales tax. If the Supreme Court rules in favor of South Dakota states and local governments will be able to collect billions of dollars more in sale tax annually. Join Tillman Breckenridge, Bailey Glasser, who wrote the State and Local Legal Center amicus brief in this case, in a discussion about how we got here and what happened at oral argument.
County Board Workshop
June 6 - 8, 2018
Holiday Inn, Kearney
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Nebraska Association of County Officials
1335 H Street Lincoln, NE 68508
Phone: (402) 434-5660
Fax: (402) 434-5673
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