Nebraska Association of County Officials

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Phone: (402) 434-5660
Fax: (402) 434-5673
September 6, 2019 | | NACO E-Line Archive
Annual Conference Room Reservation Date To Be Re-Announced
The date and time when room reservations were to be opened for the annual conference in Kearney is still pending. The conference will still be held at the Younes Conference Center on December 11 - 13, 2019.

NACO has been in touch with the Younes staff and have been assured that they are focused on getting all of their properties repaired and open for our annual conference. The Younes staff has asked NACO to delay making hotel reservations for the NACO Conference and a date has not yet been set .

Please watch for updates in the NACO E-line , where we will announce the new date for the opening time for room reservations. It will also be posted on our website and NACO will send an email notice to all county clerks as soon as the new date is available.
2019 Legislative Conference
The NACO Legislative Conference will be hosted by Earl McNutt, Red Willow County Commissioner and NACO Past President in McCook, Nebraska on October 10, 2019. 

Registration and Agenda are now available.
Federal Communications Commission
To Hold Local Area Meetings in Nebraska
FCC Rural Tour

The FCC is including Kansas and Nebraska in their upcoming tour. They will be on the ground in Fremont soon and will host a panel discussion with several subject matter experts including their own Consumer Protection Bureau Chief. The FCC Outreach contact is provided if you have additional questions and would like to reach back to them. That contact is Keyla Hernandez-Ulloa. Her email and phone numbers are 202-418-0965 (O) and 202-246-5840 (M).

During their travels to various cities and towns, the team will meet with community leaders and groups to share information and resources regarding telecommunication issues that affect their daily lives including the latest telecom scams targeting consumers. To read more about the FCC Rural Tour and topics they seek to learn more about in rural Nebraska and Kansas, click here .
Law Enforcement Dealing With Mental Health & Substance Abuse Disorders
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
in York, Nebraska
Register Soon!!!
Deadline for registration is:
Friday, October 4, 2019
Region V Systems is hosting a 1-day training designed to assist Nebraska law enforcement personnel obtain better outcomes when working with persons with mental health and/or substance use disorders.
Mini-BETA is intended for dispatchers, support, or sworn personnel who encounter persons experiencing a mental health crisis.  
Participants will be introduced to signs and symptoms of mental health disorders or challenges, local mental health resources, threat assessment principals and strategies, and problem solving within local systems of care. 
Please note the cost for this training is $50.00 which includes a light breakfast and lunch.
You can register by clicking on the "Register Now" link below.  

If you have questions please contact:
Kristin Nelson, Region V Systems       
Phone: 402-441-4356
Jean Barton, Region V Systems
Phone: 402-441-4336
Opioid Update

The information contained in this Opioid update was compiled by Erich Eiselt, Assistant General Counsel and Editor at the International Municipal Legal Association (IMLA).The IMLA is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the interests and education of local government lawyers. IMLA champions the development of fair and realistic legal solutions, and assists members on the vast and cutting edge legal issues facing local government lawyers today. For more information about this organization, click here .
Legislature Schedules Interim Hearings
Unfunded Mandates Hearing Set for October 18
When the state requires counties to perform an action without providing funding, the action is an unfunded mandate. County officials will have an opportunity to discuss the burden of unfunded mandates on county budgets at a hearing of the Legislature’s Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee on Friday, October 18. Senator Justin Wayne introduced LR149 to examine the legislative history of unfunded mandates, the cost to counties, and the funding sources used by counties to pay for unfunded mandates. The hearing will begin at 1:30 p.m. in Room 1507 of the State Capitol and will be live-streamed on NET.
At the same hearing, the committee will also take testimony on LR247 , by Senator Andrew La Grone, to examine the long-term sustainability of recurring election technology replacement.
The interim study resolutions were introduced during the legislative 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 asked to provide input. If you plan to testify, please contact the NACO office so we can coordinate county comments. Most of the hearings held in the State Capitol are live-streamed by NET.
Other interim hearings have been scheduled on the following topics involving counties and can be accessed by clicking here .
The complete interim study schedule is available here or each month's hearings can be found on the Legislature's calendar .
Legal Line
Discrimination Prohibited in Nebraska

Since discrimination and arguably racism matters by some individuals, including elected officials and candidates for office, throughout the U.S. are issues that Nebraska nor county officials are immune from, highlighting relevant definitions, provisions of the Nebraska Constitution, the role of some of the functions of the Federal Equal Opportunity Commission, providing the EEOC’s suggested best practices and more specifically an overview of the Nebraska Equal Opportunity Commission may be helpful to county boards and county officials because such matters can occur in a variety of circumstances. Based on 2018 projections from the U.S. Census:

  • New census population projections confirm the importance of racial minorities as the primary demographic engine of the nation’s future growth, countering an aging, slow-growing and soon to be declining white population. The new statistics project that the nation will become “minority white” in 2045. During that year, whites will comprise 49.7 percent of the population in contrast to 24.6 percent for Hispanics, 13.1 percent for blacks, 7.9 percent for Asians, and 3.8 percent for multiracial populations. See Brookings article by William H. Frey (March 14, 2018).

Highlighting the topics of discrimination laws and racism is not intended to suggest that such behavior is pervasive in Nebraska county government or county employment environments rather this overview of information is intended as a resource to counties that may wish to consider addressing such issues if they have not already done so in some manner. While the contents are focused on employment issues generally, the underlying prevention of discrimination could be adapted in other contexts in which discrimination or racism may occur as well.

For further definitions, state and federal mandates and conditional provisions, 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.

To request the County Government Day PowerPoint electronically, please e-mail your request to .
News from NACo
Stepping Up Initiative Reaches 500 County Resolutions

The national Stepping Up initiative to reduce mental illness in jails reached a milestone 500 county resolutions this month.

Started in May 2015 by NACo and its partners at The Council of State Governments Justice Center and the American Psychiatric Association Foundation, Stepping Up was launched as a way to elevate the issue of too many people with mental illnesses entering jail and provide county leaders with tools and resources to address this challenge locally.

As part of this launch, counties were called to action to pass a resolution or proclamation committing to joining the initiative and building data-driven and collaborative plans to tackle the issue in their communities.

The first county resolution was passed in April 2015 by Merrimack County, N.H., and the number of resolutions being submitted has continued to grow over the last four years of the initiative.
NACo Webinars
Supreme Court Preview
Sep. 24, 2019
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Contact: Lisa Soronen

It is rare for the Supreme Court’s docket to be so interesting before the term has even started! Join Michael Dreeben, former Deputy Solicitor General and currently visiting lecturer at Georgetown Law; Joe Palmore, Morrison Foerster, who will argue a case this term on the interplay between state tort law and the Superfund statute; and Todd Ruger, legal affairs staff writer at CQ Roll Call, in a discussion of the most interesting and important cases of the term for states and local governments on topics including: guns, DACA, Bridgegate, copyrighting statutory annotations, school choice, and many other topics.
Annual Conference Room Reservation Date
New date will be announced and posted in the E-line and on the NACO website
An e-mail notification will also be sent to all county clerks

Register of Deeds Workshop
September 13, 2019
Younes Conference Center, Kearney

Central District NACO Meeting
September 19, 2019
Leadership Center, Aurora

Northeast District NACO Meeting
September 20, 2019
Lifelong Learning Center, Norfolk

Panhandle District NACO Meeting
September 25, 2019
Prairie Winds Community Center, Bridgeport

West Central District NACO Meeting
September 26, 2019
Ogallala Convention Center, Ogallala

NACO Legislative Conference
October 10, 2019
McCook Community College, McCook

Southeast District NACO Meeting
October 18, 2019
Career Academy, Lincoln
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1335 H Street Lincoln, NE 68508
Phone: (402) 434-5660
Fax: (402) 434-5673
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