Nebraska Association of County Officials

Legislative Report
January 22, 2021 Legislative Report Archive
Bill Introductions Conclude
Senators finished introducing new bills on Wednesday, reaching a total of 684 new bills and 12 constitutional amendments. Bills were introduced to limit valuation growth (LB622), make Election Day a holiday (LB577), eliminate cash bail bonds (LB636), and increase broadband access (LB604). A complete list of introduced legislation is available here.
 
On Thursday, Nebraska Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike Heavican presented his annual State of the Judiciary Address. He recognized counties for their collaboration with the courts to keep courts operating through Zoom and other technology during the pandemic.
 
Senators met briefly on Friday and will convene on Monday, January 25 at 9:00. The body will adjourn by 9:15 a.m. in order to attend committee hearings beginning at 9:30. With a few exceptions, this pattern is expected to continue until early March. A full day of floor debate is scheduled for February 16.
NACO Legislative Committee to Meet on January 29
NACO's Legislative Committee will meet at 9:00 a.m. CST on Friday, January 29 to review and take positions on 2021 legislation. Due to COVID restrictions, the meeting will be conducted through Zoom. Each affiliate group has been asked to review bills pertinent to their office prior to the meeting and select one of their members to speak to their recommended positions on bills.
 
Register for the meeting here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
 
Don’t forget to check out NACO’s weekly video legislative update on our YouTube channel.
New Procedures for Submitting Testimony
New options for submitting testimony at public hearings will take effect when hearings begin on Monday, January 25. In addition to in-person testimony, written testimony can be provided on the record in lieu of in-person testimony, as a position letter, or as an online comment.
 
To submit written testimony in lieu of appearing in person, the testimony must be presented by the individual offering the testimony between 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. in the hearing room where the bill will be heard. Twelve copies must be provided for the committee. No handouts or other letters can be included. The testimony will be handed out to the committee during the hearing and will be made available as part of the hearing transcript.

To submit position letters that will not be made part of the transcript but entered as an exhibit, the submission deadline is 12:00 p.m. CST on the last work day prior to the hearing. Letters can be hand-delivered, mailed or emailed to the legislative committee’s email account. Those account addresses are listed here. Letters must identify the bill, list the submitter’s name and address, state a position of for, against, or neutral on the bill, and request the letter to be included as part of the public hearing record.

A new feature on the Legislature's website allows online comments to be submitted at any stage of the process. Submissions will not be considered testimony or part of the public hearing record. Submitted statements will be available for access by senators and staff. There is no expectation of privacy in messages submitted this way. This feature is available with a button near the top of the page for each bill.

The full details are available here, with a memo from Speaker Mike Hilgers describing the new procedures here.
Locksmith Licensing, Township Library Hearings Scheduled
Legislative standing committees have begun scheduling public hearings on bills. Please note that some hearings will begin at 9:30 a.m. and others will begin at 1:30 p.m.
 
Monday, January 25
Business and Labor Committee - Room 1524, 9:30 a.m.
LB169 (M. Hansen) Repeal locksmith registration requirements
LB255 (M. Hansen) Adopt the In the Line of Duty Compensation Act
 
General Affairs Committee – Room 1510, 9:30 a.m.
LB75 (Gragert) Change provisions relating to township libraries
 
Transportation and Telecommunications Committee – Room 1113, 9:30 a.m.
LB106 (Friesen) Change fees relating to access to drivers' records and provide for a new motor vehicle operator's license services system
LB113 (Albrecht) Change provisions relating to motor vehicle titling, licensing, registration, and fees and operators' licenses and permits and authorize a new motor carrier services system
 
Transportation and Telecommunications Committee – Room 1113, 1:30 p.m.
LB174 (Friesen) Change provisions relating to highways and highway funding, road classifications, licensure of local highway and street superintendents, motor vehicle safety responsibility, accident reports, and the Nebraska Rules of the Road
LB78 (Gragert) Require applicants for certain license plates to register with the Department of Veterans' Affairs

Tuesday, January 26
Banking, Commerce and Insurance Committe – Room 1507, 9:30 a.m.
LB66 (Williams) Change deposit, bond, custodial official, and pooled collateral provisions under the Public Funds Deposit Security Act

Banking, Commerce and Insurance Committee – Room 1507, 1:30 p.m.
LB23 (Williams) Change provisions of the Real Property Appraiser Act

Agriculture Committee – Room 1524, 1:30 p.m.
LB90 (Halloran) Change fee provisions under the Pesticide Act and the Nebraska Commercial Fertilizer and Soil Conditioner Act

Transportation and Telecommunications Committee – Room 1113, 1:30 p.m.
LB82 (Hilkemann) Change motor vehicle tax schedules
 
Urban Affairs Committee – Room 1510 ,1:30 p.m.
LB25 (Wayne) Change provisions relating to the division of ad valorem taxes under the Community Development Law
LB99 (Wayne) Change provisions of the Community Development Law relating to limitations on blighted areas
 
Wednesday, January 27
Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee – Room 1507, 1:30 p.m.
LB83 (Flood) Change the Open Meetings Act to provide for virtual conferencing
LB112 (Albrecht) Require members of the public to be allowed to speak at each meeting subject to the Open Meetings Act
 
Revenue Committee – Room 1524, 9:30 a.m.
LR22CA (Linehan) Constitutional amendment to limit the total amount of property tax revenue that may be raised by political subdivisions
 
Revenue Committee – Room 1524, 1:30 p.m.
LB408 (Briese) Adopt the Property Tax Request Act
 
Thursday, January 28
Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee – Room 1507, 1:30 p.m.
LB43 (M. Hansen) Provide for election of election commissioners and eliminate certain deputy positions
LB224 (Aguilar) Change provisions for appointment of a county surveyor in certain counties
 
Judiciary Committee -- Room 1113, 1:30 p.m.
LB201 (Pansing Brooks) Change provisions relating to jurisdiction over juveniles
LB307 (Pansing Brooks) Change provisions relating to appointment of counsel for juveniles
LB308 (Pansing Brooks) Provide grants for juvenile indigent legal defense
LB357 (Hunt) Create the Nebraska Youth in Care Bill of Rights
 
Friday, January 29
Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee – Room 1507, 9:30 a.m.
LB368 (Sanders) Provide the Auditor of Public Accounts enforcement powers for failure of political subdivisions to file reports
LB369 (Sanders) Provide the Auditor of Public Accounts access to working papers and audit files
 
Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee – Room 1507, 1:30 p.m.
LB94 (Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee) Prohibit invalidation of certain online notarial acts performed under the Governor's Executive Order
LB93 (Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee) Eliminate a reporting requirement regarding marriages
 
Judiciary Committee – Room 1113, 9:30 a.m.
LB48 (M. Hansen) Change provisions relating to marriage and annulments

Revenue Committee -- Room 1524, 9:30 a.m.
LB10 (Blood) Change motor vehicle and property tax exemptions for disabled veterans