Nebraska Association of County Officials

1335 H Street Lincoln, NE 68508

Phone: (402) 434-5660
Fax: (402) 434-5673
November 2, 2018 | www.nacone.org | NACO E-Line Archive
124th NACO Annual Conference
-Registration is Now Open-
The 2018 NACO Annual Conference will be held at the Younes Convention Center in Kearney, Nebraska on December 12 - 14.

Registration is now open on the NACO website . The general activities agenda can also be found at that location.

The agendas for each specific group attending the conference are being put together at this time and will be posted on the NACO website next week.

Room reservations for the conference opened on June 18. By November 12, 2018 all rooms must have a specific name assigned to it along with the proper billing and payment options attached. Those rooms that do not have that specific information will be opened back up for booking availability.

If you know of deserving county officials, NACO has opened nominations for individuals that have made a difference in county government. The nominations may be submitted by completing the appropriate forms below.
The deadline for the nomination forms is by end of business on November 28 .
Nebraska Energy Initiative Questionnaire
The Nebraska Energy Office is seeking information from local officials throughout the state on what energy assurance issues have been addressed in their jurisdictions. This information will help us to:
  • determine the services that the Nebraska Energy Office could provide,
  • learn of energy assurance issues that you have already experienced on the local level, and
  • determine what local energy assurance planning issues should be included in the Nebraska Energy Assurance Plan.
 
Through the Nebraska Energy Assurance Initiative, the Nebraska Energy Office is updating the Nebraska Energy Assurance Plan. The Nebraska Energy Assurance Plan was last updated in 2012.

A new component of the updated Nebraska Energy Assurance Plan will focus on energy assurance at the local level. The first step in developing this component is an assessment of what energy assurance/resiliency plans currently exist and what issues these plans address.
 
A questionnaire will be the tool used for this assessment. Please expect the questionnaire in your email with a date to be returned. Once the assessment is complete, the Nebraska Energy Office will hold a workshop to report on the assessment results.

The Nebraska Energy Office will invite participants to this workshop comprised of local officials, cooperatives, public power districts, and stakeholders that include the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency and other state associations that deal with energy issues.
November In Photos Request
NACO is looking for pictures from your county!

For the month of November, NACO is looking for pictures of your Veteran's Day events and memorials to honor those who served and sacrificed over the years to preserve the freedoms we so often take for granted.

Please take a photo of your local veteran service memorial(s), your local veterans, parade activities or other ways you honored and celebrated veterans. Submit them by email to Deb Spira by November 30 so we can gather and display them in tribute to those dedicated to serving our country.
Reorganization Meetings in January
& New Officials Sworn In
After elections, questions arise of swearing in dates and related issues. Terms of office, oath of office, bonds and in lieu of individual bonds and pro-rata salaries are addressed in this article that is intended to provide an overview of those issues.
Legislature Schedules
Interim Study Hearings
In preparation for the 2019 legislative session, the Legislature’s standing committees are beginning to schedule hearings on interim study resolutions. The resolutions are introduced during the session to examine new ideas for legislation and to dig deeper into issues raised by previously introduced bills. Public hearings are held on some of the priority issues selected by each legislative committee, including the topics that are of interest to counties. County officials are encouraged to attend the hearings and provide testimony. Unlike hearings during the legislative session, testifiers do not need to take a position in support or opposition to the issue, but are simply asked to provide input. Some of the hearings will be live-streamed through the Legislature's website.
 
The complete interim study schedule is available here or each month's hearings can be found on the Legislature's calendar .
Legal Line
Supreme Court Considers a Mandamus Action Ordering State Patrol to Remove Arrest Record from Public Record Information
 
In State ex rel. Rhiley v. Nebraska State Patrol , 301 Neb. 241, --- N.W.2d --- (2018), a mandamus action was filed by an individual who had been arrested. The mandamus action sought an order commanding the Nebraska State Patrol remove his arrest material from public record information.   The Supreme Court concluded the State Patrol’s argument that the mandamus action was barred by sovereign immunity and thus the court lacked subject matter jurisdiction was meritorious.
 
The arrest record information that is the matter of concern was included in the NSP’s Criminal Identification Division (CID). The CID serves as a repository of criminal history information in Nebraska as outlined in part as follows:
 
Criminal history record information [means] information collected by criminal justice agencies on individuals consisting of identifiable descriptions and notations of issuance of arrest warrants, arrests, detentions, indictments, charges by information, and other formal criminal charges, and any disposition arising from such arrests, charges, sentencing, correctional supervision, and   release. See Neb. Rev. Stat. § 29-3506.
 
Neb. Rev. Stat. § 29-3523 generally outlines conditions in which information may be removed from the public record. Further, Neb. Rev. Stat. § 29-3528 authorizes a mandamus action to compel compliance with the Criminal History Act.
 
Prior to discussing the legal issues of the case, the court first determined whether it had jurisdiction to begin with. The Supreme Court outlined the following provisions related to sovereign immunity:

To learn what the Supreme Court decided in this case, click here .

Editor's Note: Legal Line is a feature that will periodically appear in NACO E-Line. This article 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.
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 .
News from NACo
Registration is Now Open
2019 NACo Legislative Conference

March 2–6, 2019 | Washington Hilton | Washington, D.C.

The National Association of Counties (NACo) Legislative Conference brings together over 1,500 elected and appointed county officials to focus on federal policy issues that impact counties and our residents. Attendees engage in relevant and timely policy and educational sessions, interact with federal officials and participate in congressional briefings and meetings.
 
Don't miss this unique policy advocacy opportunity!
NACo Webinars
Addressing Inequities in Health: Key Concepts for Counties
Dec. 6, 2018
1:00 pm – 2:15 pm CST
Contact; Nyana Quashie
(202) 661-8825

Counties touch the lives of their residents through the many agencies that serve their communities, be it through social services, transportation, labor, or education. As such, counties are in a prime position to influence the health and well-being of their residents by utilizing approaches that address the social determinants of health. These factors influence the ways in which we grow, live, learn and work.

Join us to learn how counties can use health equity as a framework to develop programs and policies to improve the health of their residents. Experts from County Health Rankings & Roadmaps and the Government Alliance on Race and Equity will share strategies and tools for counties doing work to create positive shifts in health for their residents. Then hear from Boone County, Mo. on the work they are doing to create more equitable health opportunities in their community.
NACO Annual Conference
Younes Convention Center
Kearney, Nebraska
December 12-14, 2018
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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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