Nebraska Association of County Officials

1335 H Street Lincoln, NE 68508

Phone: (402) 434-5660
Fax: (402) 434-5673
September 21, 2018 | | NACO E-Line Archive
Caring For Our Courthouses Workshop
Last Week To Register!!
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.

To review the agenda, click here . Registration is available by clicking here .
A promotional video provided by Berggren Architects was created from the first workshop. It can be viewed above.
2018 Legislative Conference
To Be HNortheast NACO District
One Week Left To Register!!
The 2018 NACO Legislative Conference will be held in the Northeast NACO district. It will be held at the Community Center in Atkinson, Nebraska on October 11. The one-day conference will begin with opening remarks from NACO Executive Director, Larry Dix and move into comments from Nebraska Senator Tom Briese of Albion. Tom Bergquist from the Nebraska Legislature's Fiscal Office will address the duties and requirements of that office until the noon luncheon.

In the afternoon, Larry Dix will begin with a discussion on how to select and present legislation to committees and the Unicameral. State Senator Joni Albrecht of Thurston will detail her legislative activities and address her goals for the 2019 Legislature.

After the afternoon break the attendees will designate and discuss issues of legislative priority and choose a platform for the NACO Board of Directors to vote on at the completion of the meeting. The final vote on the issues will specify the platform NACO will follow for the 2019 legislative year.

To review the agenda in printed form, click here . To register for the conference, click here .
Justice Assistance Grant Funding Available
FY 2018 JAG Nebraska Solicitation for LOCAL entities ONLY

The Nebraska Crime Commission has announced that the Fiscal Year 2018 Justice Assistance Grants are open for competitive solicitation at this time. The solicitation is open only to local entities and is a competitive grant process. All applications are due by October 17, 2018 (COB) CST.

The solicitation notice , the application document and the JAG Strategic Plan for 2016-2018 are available by going to the Nebraska Crime Commission website .

Any questions, please contact Lisa Stamm , Grants Division Chief at the Nebraska Crime Commission by email or calling 402-471-3687.
2019 Community-based Juvenile Services Aid Program Announcement
The Nebraska Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice is pleased to announce the availability of the 2019 Community-based Juvenile Services Aid [CB] Program and 2019 Community-based Juvenile Services Aid Enhancement [EB] Program. The Request for Application [RFA] outlines general guidelines, eligibility, funding requirements, and application instructions for both grant programs. You are encouraged to distribute and post the announcement. Please read the RFA thoroughly to ensure all requirements are met in the application. The documents are located on the Nebraska Crime Commission website
2019 Community-based Juvenile Services Aid Program: $6,048,000
New Requirements
If individualized training in preparation of writing the grant application is of interest to you, please schedule technical assistance using the following links:
Cynthia Kennedy will be available for questions regarding the application via conference call on the following dates:
  • Tuesday, October 2, 2018: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. CDT
  • Tuesday, October 9, 2018: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. CDT
  • Thursday, October 25, 2018:    10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. CDT
  • Dial: 888.820.1398, Code 7339691#
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
Federal District Court in Three Recent Cases Allows In Forma Pauperis Plaintiffs Leave to File Amended Complaints Involving § 1983 Actions

In the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska, a judge considered a case filed by an inmate at a County Correctional Center that likely should have been asserted as an Eighth Amendment Claim (assertion of plaintiff was that his safety had been deliberately disregarded when county correctional staff allegedly assaulted him). In a separate case, a pretrial detainee alleged a Fourteenth Amendment claim for deliberate indifference to his serious medical needs; however, it was unclear whether he intended to sue the State or a county entity. In a more recently filed case, an inmate of a county jail claiming the Defendants’ (U.S. Marshal, County and City officers’) “policy and practice and excessive force” and “not having body cams on” violated his rights under the Fourth, Fifth, Eighth and Fourteen Amendments. All these cases were brought as 42 U.S.C. § 1983 suits and the last of the referenced cases included actions against the U.S. Marshal Defendants’ under Bivens v. Six Unknown Fed. Narcotics Agents, 403 U.S. 388, 397 (1971).

To further understand the cases mentioned above, read 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 .

The CD order form is available here .
News from NACo
Work Requirements: Could Denying Benefits Make The Cure Worse Than The Problem?

A major emphasis of the current administration is to expand work, education and training to work, or other forms of community engagement requirements as conditions of eligibility for numerous health and human services programs. For the first time it would expand work requirements for Medicaid and strengthen current minimal ones in subsidized public housing. The federal Office of Child Support Enforcement is urging states to use federal incentive funds to finance employment and training efforts for non-custodial parents.

This stronger emphasis on work took off in 1996 with the enactment of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act and the creation of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program (TANF).

The concept of work in return for benefits found its way into the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in 1998, when the Employment and Training Program (SNAP E&T) was initiated, and recently passed House legislation would expand SNAP work requirements and make them mandatory in most instances. 

To read more, click here .
NACo Webinars
City and County Collaboration for Jail Reduction
Oct. 11, 2018
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm CDT
Contact; Vernon Smith
(202) 661-8809

As counties and cities across the country work to reduce their jail populations and increase public safety, many jurisdictions are realizing that intergovernmental coordination is essential. Although city and county criminal justice systems may be run separately, they are intertwined and have major impacts on each other. Join NACo and the National League of Cities for this webinar to learn about the benefits of city and county collaboration to drive overall jail reduction goals. Attendees will learn from examples of city-county collaborations and will have the opportunity to discuss collaboration challenges and successes.

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, Alliance
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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