May 27, 2011                                                                                     Legislative Report Archive

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adjournLegislature Adjourned on May 26


The 102nd Nebraska Legislature, First Session adjourned on May 26, three legislative days ahead of schedule. The Legislature's tentative agenda provided for a June 8 adjournment for this 90-day session but when several controversial issues were resolved and redistricting was completed, the decision was made to adjourn early. Most of the legislation that was passed during this session will take effect on August 27. Bills that were not passed or killed will carry over until the 2012 session.


In a few weeks, NACO will issue a final 2011 Legislative Report summarizing the bills with an impact on counties and listing interim studies that will be examined this summer.


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snapshotsSnapshots of County Issues

Advanced from General File 


Three committees sent bills to the floor on the final day of the session. Because General File debate on 2011 bills will begin before new bill introduction is complete in January, these bills are likely to be debated early in the 2012 session. The Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee advanced LB 344,which would require the creation of an interjurisdictional planning commission in counties with a city of the metropolitan class. By July 1, 2012, the commission would develop a plan for merger of some or all governmental services.



Signed by Governor Heineman 


The Legislature passed and Governor Heineman signed a number of bills during the final week of the session. Some of the bills with an impact on counties include:


LB 699 through LB 704 provided for redistricting of legislative, congressional, judicial and other districts.


LB 390 addresses corrections issues, including eliminating the authority of the Jail Standards Board over correctional facilities that are nationally accredited. As originally introduced, the bill would have eliminated the Jail Standards Board.


LB 629 requires pipeline companies to be responsible for all reclamation costs related to pipeline projects.


LB 669 provides for agreements between district and county court clerks to provide assistance when the other is unavailable.


LB 397 revises procedures related to the Commission of Industrial Relations.


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