Nebraska Association of County Officials

1335 H Street Lincoln, NE 68508

Phone: (402) 434-5660
Fax: (402) 434-5673
October 4, 2019 | www.nacone.org | NACO E-Line Archive
Annual Conference Room Reservations
The Younes staff began accepting hotel reservations for the NACO Conference on Friday, September 27 th at 10:00 a.m. (central time) with the following guidelines:
 
  • Only 5 rooms can be reserved per phone call
  • Names MUST BE on each room reservation (they have to be different names for each room, you cannot use one name for all the reservations
  • CANCELLATION POLICY – If you wish to cancel a room reservation, it must be cancelled by November 27, 2019. Any cancellations after this date will be subject to a minimum 1 night room charge. Those reservations that no-show will be billed for the first night’s stay and will be cancelled for any additional nights.  
 
Below are a list of hotels with their corresponding phone numbers:
  • LaQuinta Inn: (308) 237-4400
  • Hampton Inn: (308) 234-3400
  • Fairfield Inn: (308) 236-4200
  • Comfort Inn: (308) 236-3400
  • Holiday Inn:  (308) 237-5971
  • Candlewood Suites: (308) 234-1100 
  • Holiday Inn Express: (308) 234-8100 

Additional lodging options in close proximity and are not contracted by NACO include;
  • Best Western Mid Nebraska Inn & Suites: (308) 234-2541
  • AmericInn: (308) 234-7800
  • Country Inn & Suites:  (308) 236-7500
  • Ramada Inn:  (308) 237-3141

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.
Caring For Our Courthouses
The third annual Maintenance Exchange Workshop will be held on October 17, 2019 at the Wayne State College Student Center in Wayne, Nebraska. Janitorial staff and building maintenance personnel are encouraged to attend this one day event for assisting them in the development of a network of information and contacts to provide the best possible care for our county buildings and properties. It is encouraged that each custodial staff person accompany a county board member to this workshop so both can be informed and committed to the process of preservation. Preservation of historic buildings will also assist in local economic development efforts.

Berggren Architects has been a key player in helping to promote and provide input into this workshop so Nebraska courthouses can benefit from a program of care through education and implementation. Eakes Office Supplies provides training and financial support.

Preservation architect, Elizabeth Murphy will be the keynote and luncheon speaker. An afternoon session dealing with courthouse security is a new addition to this year's agenda.

To see a video overview of the workshop click here . The agenda and registration are also available. Any questions, please contact LeRoy Janssen by email or by calling the NACO office at 402-434
Juvenile Services Grant Announcement
The Nebraska Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice is pleased to announce the availability of the 2020 Juvenile Services Grant [JS] . The Request for Application [RFA] outlines general guidelines, eligibility, funding requirements, and application instructions for the grant program. You are encouraged to distribute and post the announcement. Please read the RFA thoroughly to ensure all requirements are met in the application. Other supporting information may be found on the Crime Commission website, by clicking here .

***APPLICATIONS WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED THROUGH GRANTVANTAGE GRANT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM***
 
GrantVantage will host a webinar on the application submission process on December 3, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. CST. Information on accessing the webinar will be posted on the Crime Commission website:  https://ncc.nebraska.gov/grant-apps
 
Application Deadline: December 20, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.
Community-Based Juvenile Services Aid Enhancement Program Funding
The Nebraska Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice is pleased to announce the availability of the 2020 Community-based Juvenile Services Aid Program [CB] and 2020 Community-based Juvenile Services Aid Enhancement Program [EB]. 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 necessary supporting documents are also located at the following website:   https://ncc.nebraska.gov/grant-apps

***APPLICATIONS WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED THROUGH GRANTVANTAGE GRANT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM***
 
GrantVantage will host a webinar on the application submission process on December 2, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. CST. Information on accessing the webinar will be posted on the Crime Commission website:  https://ncc.nebraska.gov/grant-apps
Community Disaster Loan Program
The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has announced that interested applicants for the Community Disaster Loan Program should respond to NEMA with a point of contact name, title and contact information along with a mailing address. Program staff will be in the state November 4 through 15 to meet with potential applicants. Attachments below describe the program

For any questions and submitting information, contact Earl Imler by email or by calling 402-471-7181 (O) or 402-471-5184 (C).

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 on LR149 will begin at 1:30 p.m. in Room 1507 of the State Capitol and will be livestreamed on NET.
 
The hearing may also address related issues presented in  LR148 , which was referred to the Judiciary Committee and has not been scheduled for a public hearing. LR148 is an examination of unfunded mandates to county governments in the administration of judicial proceedings, including costs of operating district and county courts, providing courtroom space, and providing courtroom security.
 
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 livestreamed by NET.
 
Other interim hearings have been scheduled on the following topics involving counties:
 
911 and Broadband
The Appropriations Committee and Transportation and Telecommunications Committee will hold joint hearings on Wednesday December 4. At 10:00 a.m., the committees will hear a report by the Nebraska Department of Transportation on needs of the state highway system. At 11:15 a.m., the committees will receive a briefing on the Public Service Commission’s 911 service system. At 1:00 p.m., the Transportation and Telecommunications Committee will take testimony on two studies about broadband development in the state. LR166 will review the report of the rural Broadband Task Force that was created in 2018. LR175 will examine changes needed to carry out the task force’s recommendations. All hearings are in Room 1507.

Prosecutor Transparency
On Thursday, October 17, the Judiciary Committee will take testimony on the feasibility of adopting a Prosecutor Transparency Act in Nebraska. Several other states have adopted such acts to collect data on charging decisions and practices. The hearing on LR146 will begin at 1:00 p.m. in Room 120 of the Industrial Training Center at Metro Community College in Omaha.

Juvenile Justice
On Thursday, October 17, the Judiciary Committee will take testimony on juvenile justice issues as part of LR236 . The hearing will begin at 1:00 p.m. in Room 120 of the Industrial Training Center at Metro Community College in Omaha. This hearing had originally been scheduled for October 4 in Lincoln.
 
Retirement
The Nebraska Retirement Systems Committee will hold its annual reviews of the public employees’ retirement systems administered by the Public Employees Retirement Board on Tuesday, November 19. The hearing on LR66 will be held in Room 1507 at 1:30 p.m.. The committee will also receive reports by all political subdivisions with underfunded defined benefit plans as required by LR65 .
 
The complete interim study schedule is available here or each month's hearings can be found on the Legislature's calendar .
Legal Line
Constitutionality of Appointed Election Commissioners Questioned in Attorney General’s Opinion
 
Nebraska statutes requiring or authorizing the appointment of county election commissioners and chief deputies are considered constitutionally suspect pursuant to a September 24 Attorney General’s opinion . The opinion was requested by Senator Matt Hansen, who is considering introducing legislation that would make the offices of election commissioner and chief deputy election commissioner subject to a popular vote, rather than appointment by the Governor and county boards.

To learn more about this opinion, click here .

Editor's Note: Legal Line is a feature that will periodically appear in NACO E-Line. This article has been prepared by Beth Ferrell 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 larrydix@nacone.org .
News from NACo
Preventing Disasters:
How Prepared Is Your County For An Emergency

Even before disasters strike, counties are looking ahead to protect their residents, infrastructure and tax base. Threats are growing and the world changes, but counties likewise display the creativity and insight needed to prepare for natural and man-made disaster.

To learn more, click here .
NACo Webinars
Stepping Up and Data-Driven Justice: Using and Sharing Data Across Health, Human Services and Justice Systems to Improve Responses for People Who Have Mental Illnesses

Oct. 10, 2019
1:00 pm – 2:15 pm CDT
Contact: Nastassia Walsh
(202) 942-4289

Counties across the country are building collaborative partnerships to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in their jails. Despite the progress that counties have made, they still face challenges with sharing information across multiple systems, limiting their success in identifying people involved in these systems, coordinating services and supervision and tracking the impact of their efforts. 

Stepping Up and the Data-Driven Justice project are co-hosting a two-part webinar series to offer tips on managing data and information sharing for people who frequently utilize multiple systems such as emergency rooms, shelters and jails. This first webinar will focus on the collection, management and sharing of data and will address primary challenges counties often face in these efforts. Participants will hear from subject matter experts and counties that have implemented processes to collect, share, integrate and analyze data on people involved in multiple county systems.

NACo is grateful to Arnold Ventures and NACo’s Smart Justice sponsor Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems, Inc. for their support of this webinar.
NACO Legislative Conference
October 10, 2019
McCook Community College, McCook

Maintenance Exchange/Caring For Courthouses
October 17, 2019
Wayne State College, Wayne

Southeast District NACO Meeting
October 18, 2019
Career Academy, Lincoln

NACO Annual Conference
December 11-13, 2019
Younes Conference Center, Kearney
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Sincerely,

Nebraska Association of County Officials
1335 H Street Lincoln, NE 68508
Phone: (402) 434-5660
Fax: (402) 434-5673
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