June 28, 2013                                                             NACO E-Line Archive 

Upcoming Events


NACo 78th Annual Conference and Exposition

July 19-22

Fort Worth, TX


Assessors Workshop

August 26-29

Holiday Inn, Kearney


To view all upcoming events, click here.




BCBS 2013  



AssocMembersAssociate and Sustaining Members

NACO Associate and Sustaining Members enable NACO to enhance its continuing education programs for county officials across the state. Visit NACO's complete associate and sustaining membership list here.


EducationFoundationEducation Foundation Memorial Program

A gift to NACO's Education Foundation ensures that the children of county officials and county employees are eligible to apply for scholarships to continue their education at Nebraska's higher learning institutions. Whatever their passion - history, art, music, science, education, sports - the NACO Education Foundation will provide them an opportunity to fund their education beyond the K-12 level. Memorial gifts to NACO's Education Foundation are tax deductible and will be a lasting legacy in honor of your loved one's commitment to educating the children of Nebraska's county officials and employees. For more information about how to make a memorial gift, please contact Larry Dix  / 402-434-5660 ext. 226.

In This Issue

Conference Matters 

Make Plans Now to Attend NACo's 78th Annual Conference and Exposition 

Notice of Comment Period for Court Rules

Legal Line 

NACo Prescription Drug Program 

County Government Day PowerPoint 

County Directories 

2012 County Board Handbook and Revisions 

News From NACo 

News Across the State 

Legal Calendar  

County Classifieds*

Associate & Sustaining Members 

NACO Education Foundation Memorial Program 



Conference_MattersConference Matters


Lodging for NACO's 119th Annual Conference became available on May 10, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. CST.  The conference will be held in Omaha December 11-13 and this year you will be able to make lodging reservations electronically by visiting the Omaha Convention & Visitors Bureau website and clicking on NACO's microsite.  The link to the microsite is available here and is also posted on NACO's website.  Once you click on NACO's microsite, you will be able to choose the contracted  hotel of your choice along with the dates you will require for lodging.  Initially, a valid credit card will be required for securing your lodging.  Once you have secured your lodging via credit card, you will be able to access a credit application for direct billing and will be required to complete and submit a tax exempt form (all forms will be available on the microsite).



NACO has sent, via e-mail, planning grids and cut off dates to each affiliate group leader requesting that each group plan their sessions for the upcoming Annual Conference in December.  If you have a topic that you would like to have addressed at the conference, please contact your affiliate group president so they may consider it for the agenda.


Opening Session Speaker 

NACO Aaron Davishas contracted for Aaron Davis, member of Nebraska's 1994 National Champion football team, to deliver the opening session address to conference attendees at this year's conference in Omaha.


Aaron is not just a speaker "telling" individuals how to succeed.  He is in the trenches every day as the President of his own consulting firm, Aaron Davis Presentations, Inc., the Chief Operations Officer of The Thomas Group, and the co-founder of several other profitable business ventures.


Aaron Davis Presentations, Inc. received the Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Minority Owned Business award while Toastmasters International awarded him the Communications & Leadership Award.  Rotary International also presented him with the prestigious Paul Harris Fellow Award.  In addition, his business management certification seminars for the University of Nebraska have received some of the highest ratings in the program's twenty-four year history!


Courage, mental toughness and the ability to change and adapt quickly are just a few characteristics that all champions possess.  As a member of the Nebraska 1994 National Championship football team (considered by some as one of the best teams ever assembled), Aaron has a keen understanding of what it takes to achieve incredible results.  In his presentation, "Perform Like a Champion" conferences attendees will learn strategies to remain mentally tough in a competitive environment; they will be encouraged to never lose the ability to laugh at themselves and to have fun; and they will learn tips on how to adapt to change quickly while still enjoying the ride.


Plan now to attend NACO's 119th Annual Conference in Omaha. You won't want to miss this opening session presentation.


Watch for conference registration to open on NACO's website soon.  To view a conference overview and tentative agenda, click here.


NACo_ConferenceMake Plans Now to Attend NACo's 78th Annual Conference and Exposition
NACo's 78th Annual Conference and exposition provides an opportunity for all county leaders and staff to learn, network and guide the direction of the association.  The Annual Conference, held each July, is hosted by a member county.

This year, the conference will be held in Tarrant County, (Fort Worth) Texas.  The Annual Conference provides county officials with a great opportunity to vote on NACo's policies related to federal legislation and regulation; elect officers; network with colleagues; learn about innovative county programs; find out about issues impacting counties across the country; and view products and services from participating companies and exhibitors.

For more information or to register, click here.
NoticeofCommentNotice of Comment Period for Court Rules
The Appellate Automation Advisory Committee submitted to the Nebraska Supreme Court proposed amendments to Neb. Ct. R. App. P. 2-116(B)(1) Presentence Report. The proposed rule amendments update the materials to be included in the presentence report, the procedure as to how the presentence report is transmitted to the Clerk of the Nebraska Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, and how the presentence report may be examined by the defendant, his or her counsel, or counsel for the State.
The Nebraska Supreme Court invites interested persons to comment on these proposed rule no later than September 1, 2013.
The full text of the proposed rule amendments is available by clicking here, or a hard copy may be obtained from the office of the Clerk of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals upon request.
legal_lineLegal Line
Editor's Note: Legal Line is a feature that will periodically appear in NACO E-Line. This edition 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.
US Supreme Court Overturns Voter Registration State Law
In Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc., 570 U.S. --- (2013), the U.S. Supreme Court in a 7-2 decision overturned a state's voter registration law requiring documentary evidence of citizenship.  The National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) requires States to "accept and use" a uniform federal form to register voters for federal elections. What is known as the Federal Form does not require documentary evidence of citizenship but it does require that an applicant affirm, under penalty of perjury, that he is a citizen. A state's law requires voter-registration officials to "reject" any registration application, including a Federal Form that is unaccompanied with concrete evidence of citizenship. The question evaluated by the Court was whether the state's evidence-of-citizenship requirement, as applied to Federal Form applicants, is pre-empted by the Act's requirement that States "accept and use" the Federal Form.
Following historical analysis of the federal regulation, state voter-registration discussion and a statutory analysis, the Court concluded that the fairest reading of the statute is that a state-imposed requirement of evidence of citizenship not required by the Federal Form is "inconsistent with" the NVRA's mandate that States "accept and use" the Federal Form.
The Court ultimately held that 42 U. S. C. 1973gg-4 precludes the State from requiring a Federal Form applicant to submit information beyond that required by the form itself. The State could; however, request anew that the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) include such a requirement among the Federal Form's state-specific instructions, and may seek judicial review of the EAC's decision under the Administrative Procedure Act.
NACo_Prescription_Drug_ProgramNACo Prescription Drug Program
CountygovernementdaycdCounty 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.
The NACO 2013 Directory of County Officials is available.  The directory is an annual publication that provides names and addresses for elected and appointed county officials in the state.  A directory is available for $17.00 if non-taxable and $18.00 if taxable.  To order, click here.
County_Board_Handbooks2012 County Board  Handbook and Revisions
The 2012 County Board Handbook and related revisions are available. The cost for a current handbook, including legislative information from the 2012 session, is $80.00/book plus $17.00 shipping and handling per book. The 2012 Supplement to the County Board Handbook is available for $20.00 plus $5.00 shipping and handling. The order form is available on the NACO website here. For questions, contact Wendy Kelly by clicking here or call her at (402) 434-5660 ext. 223.
News_From_NACoNews From NACo
NACo_LogoNACo Study:  Proposal to Change Tax Status Harms Counties, Taxpayers
As Congress and the Administration contemplate reforming the U.S. tax code, NACo has released important new research, which shows that changing the tax-exempt status of municipal bond interest is costly and risky to American investors, local taxpayers and counties.
To read more, click here.
News_Across_The_StateNews Across the State
Links are to outside sources and may not be available indefinitely.
NC News Press, 6/18/13
Dakota County Star/6/19/13
Columbus Telegram, 6/23/13
Columbus Telegram, 6/27/13
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