Nebraska Association of County Officials

1335 H Street Lincoln, NE 68508

Phone: (402) 434-5660
Fax: (402) 434-5673
August 24, 2018 | | NACO E-Line Archive
Nebraska & Kansas County Board Members Meet With White House Officials
County Board members from all Nebraska & Kansas counties were invited to the White House last week. 45 County Board members from 37 different counties in Nebraska accepted the invitation. 

A morning briefing was held at the National Association of Counties before the White House visit and the meeting with White House officials. The meetings were with federal officials, including Vice President Mike Pence,  U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson,  Assistant to the President and Senior Counselor Kellyanne Conway,  U.S. Department of Education Assistant Secretary Frank Brogan and US Senator Deb Fischer among others. 

The meetings were informational and many questions were presented by the delegation.
Caring For Our Courthouses Workshop
The second Caring For Our Courthouses Custodial Workshop is being planned for 2018. The workshop will be held in the Panhandle District this year. It will be held at the Knight Museum and Sandhills Center in Alliance on October 4. The luncheon keynote speaker will be Bonnie McDonald, Executive Director of Landmarks Illinois . She is from Chicago and has led the organization that has provided 47 years of advocacy for historic preservation and has for 25 years granted 9 Richard H. Driehaus preservation awards annually to people and organizations that save places throughout Illinois and show how restoration has a positive impact on communities, the environment and the people.

The format for this year's workshop will be the same as last year. One county board member and one person from the county custodial staff will be given first priority for registration. Registration will be posted on the NACO website when the agenda is finalized.
A promotional video provided by Berggren Architects was created from the first workshop. It can be viewed above.
Climate and Water
Institute of Excellence Offering
Nebraska’s communities are increasingly faced with extreme weather conditions, worries about water, and a changing climate. These events can have large impacts on a community economically, through lost tax revenue; physically, when infrastructure is damaged; and socially, with decreased visitors and population. Government officials have to handle these issues that are becoming progressively complex.
Faculty from Nebraska Extension, the National Drought Mitigation Center, and the UNL School of Natural Resources are partnering to deliver a day-long Climate and Water Institute of Excellence for government officials/employees and other key community leaders and decision-makers on Friday, September 7 in Lincoln.

More information may be found here .

Cost of the workshop is $60 and the registration deadline is August 31, 2018. To start the online registration process or to review the agenda click here .
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
Pre-Lodging Medical Costs for Inmates Assigned to Counties
The costs of medical exams to check for fitness for confinement that occur after arrest or apprehension but before a subject is lodged in the county jail are the responsibility of the county according to a Court of Appeals case decided on August 14.

To read more about the court's decision, click here . To read the full text of the case, click here .
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 .

The CD order form is available here .
2017 County Board Handbook Supplements
2017 County Board Handbook Supplements Are Still Available

The 2017 County Board Handbook is currently undergoing an upgrade and will become available later in the year. The handbook itself, is no longer being distributed by NACO.

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 supplement please contact Deb Spira or call her at (402) 434-5660 ext. 232.
News from NACo

The Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule released in 2015 under the Obama administration is now officially in effect in 26 states after a federal judge in South Carolina issued an injunction on the Trump Administration's efforts to delay the controversial 2015 rule.
NACo Webinars
Creating Healthy Smiles: Medicaid and County Approaches to Improving Oral Health

Aug. 30, 2018
1:00 pm – 2:15 pm CDT
Contact: Michelle Price
(202) 942-4267

Medicaid is the largest source of health care coverage in the United States and plays a particularly important role in the health and well-being of low-income children and pregnant women. Medicaid mandates that children enrolled in the service receive dental coverage.

Join us on August 30, to learn more about county approaches to providing dental services to children and families in their communities. This webinar will provide an overview of the county role in Medicaid and highlight county oral health programs.
Institute of Excellence
Climate & Water Workshop
September 7, 2018
Lancaster County Extension Office
444 Cherrycreek Road, Lincoln
Central District Meeting
Ramada Inn, Kearney
September 20, 2018
Northeast District Meeting
Benedictine Center, Schuyler
September 21, 2018
Panhandle District Meeting
Prairie Winds Community Center, Bridgeport
September 26, 2018
West Central District Meeting
Sandhills Convention Center & Quality Inn & Suites, North Platte
September 27, 2018
Caring For Courthouses Custodial Workshop
Knight Museum
October 4, 2018
NACO Legislative Conference
Community Center
October 11, 2018
Southeast District Meeting
Career Academy
October 15, 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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