Nebraska Association of County Officials

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Phone: (402) 434-5660
Fax: (402) 434-5673
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.
Almost heaven. But Not:
Residents of “wild and wonderful” West Virginia are blessed with spectacular geography. They are also apparently wracked with unimaginable levels of pain. Between 2007 and 2012, America’s pharmaceutical industry shipped more than 780 million opioid tablets into the Mountain State. 1   That quantity, 433 pills per person, would have been sufficient to medicate all 1.8 million of its residents-men, women, and children- continuously for nearly seven months. Not surprisingly, West Virginia suffers today from the highest overdose deaths in the country, in recent years losing more lives to drugs than to traffic accidents and firearms combined. 2 … To read more .
Copyright 2018 International Municipal Attorneys Association (IMLA), reprinted with permission of IMLA. The IMLA is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the interests and education of local government lawyers. IMLA provides various resources to its members, including materials, webinars, etc. 
The Nebraska Association of County Officials (NACO) is a member of IMLA and is able to receive the various benefits provided by IMLA.
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.

2018 Justice Reinvestment Grants
The Crime Commission would like to announce the Application for the County Justice Reinvestment Grant Funds is now available on the Crime Commission website, under the Grant Announcements tab, located here . Included with the application are instructions, the statute that creates and governs the program, and the rules and regulations (Title 74, Chapter 1) that govern the administration of the program for your review and assistance.
The application is due by Friday, March 9th, by no later than 5 pm.
If you have any questions regarding the application or any of the materials included, please contact Laurie Holman. She can be reached at , or by phone at 402-471-2259.
Legal Line
General Assistance Obligations
While the Salts v. Lancaster County , 269 Neb. 948, 697 N.W.2d 289 (2005) was decided more than ten years ago, it has come to our attention that some counties are continuing to contend with issues associated with “residency”/legal settlement definitions and other related matters when billing counties for individuals who traveled to another county for medical or other indigent care. 
This article is intended to be a reminder of the current statutory framework on general assistance obligations as it relates to issues that counties face. To read more .

Candidate Against Incumbent Sheriff Opposes His Termination by Asserting A First Amendment Retaliation Action Under 42 U.S.C. § 1983

In Morgan v. Robinson , 881 F.3d 646 (2018), a fter a deputy sheriff ran against his boss, the incumbent sheriff, in a primary election, the sheriff terminated the deputy’s employment with the County Sheriff’s Office for statements the deputy made during the campaign. The deputy then brought this First Amendment retaliation action under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 , and the sheriff moved for summary judgment on the basis of qualified immunity. The district court denied the sheriff’s motion, and he appealed. The court affirmed. To read more .

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.
Full-Depth Reclamation With Cement
Free Seminar to be held April 10, 2018
Fairfield Inn & Suites, Grand Island, Nebraska

Full-Depth Reclamation (FDR) is increasingly being utilized as an effective, economical, and environmentally responsible pavement maintenance and rehabilitation application. Portland Cement is increasingly being identified as the most efficient long-lasting stabilizing material for this construction. Please join Ash Grove Cement and our nationally recognized experts Stan Bland, P.E., Southeast Cement Promotion Association; Dave Rettner, P.E., American Engineering Testing; and Tom Johnson, Midstate Reclamation & Trucking; for this comprehensive seminar. Our speakers will cover the entire scope of FDR with Cement construction from testing and mix designs through construction to final surfacing, as well as many other aspects of soil-cement. For seminar information and registration, click here .

This advertisement is paid for by Ash Grove Cement Company
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 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 Eberly or call her at (402) 434-5660 ext. 232.
News from NACo
Hilton Palm Beach Airport
150 Australian Ave.
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
The National Association of Counties (NACo) invites you to attend the landmark 2018 Farm Bill Summit, April 5–7 in Palm Beach County, Florida. All counties are encouraged to attend this summit as we examine the need for a comprehensive and long-term farm bill to help strengthen our national economy and provide critical services to all counties — rural and urban alike. The summit will host educational tours, workshops and panel discussions that examine how the farm bill touches every facet of American life, including conservation, trade, jobs, infrastructure, research, nutrition, disaster assistance and more. As Washington, D.C. moves forward with debating the 2018 Farm Bill, NACo is ready to bring your voice to the table.
The 2018 Farm Bill Summit is sponsored by NACo's Rural Action Caucus.
NACo Webinars
Roadmap to Better Health: Using the 2018 County Health Rankings to Improve Community Well-being
Mar. 29, 2018
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm CDT

The annual County Health Rankings measure vital health factors—from food security to air quality— in counties around the country. Join our webinar to learn how to use the 2018 Rankings as a springboard for improving health and well-being in your county. Experts from the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute—the developers of the Rankings—will discuss this year’s findings and provide practical, evidence-based tools for building a culture of health at the community level. A county leader will also join us to share how they use the Rankings to spark action and improve health.
NACO District Meetings

Central District
Opera House, Minden, NE
March 15, 2018

Northeast District
Lifelong Learning Center, Norfolk, NE
March 16, 2018

Panhandle District
Prairie Winds Community Center, Bridgeport, NE
March 28, 2018

West Central District
Sandhills Convention Center, Quality Inn & Suites, North Platte, NE
March 29, 2018

Southeast District
Career Academy, 8800 O Street, Lincoln, NE
March 30, 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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