ESU Coordinating Council
March 09, 2016 3:00 PM
Legislative Committee Meeting
1. Call to Order
Rationale

Notice to visitors:  To be heard at this meeting, the "Request to be Heard" form, must be completed and submitted to the Secretary to the Executive Director of ESUCC.  The President of the Board of ESUCC will call upon visitors wishing to address the Board in the order they were submitted or by subject.

Pursuant to Section 84-1411 of the Nebraska Statutes, notice of this meeting was given by advertisement on the ESUCC website, NE Public Meeting site, and host site.

Open Meetings Law
: Pursuant to Section 84 - 1412 of the Nebraska Statutes, the public is hereby informed that a current copy of the Nebraska Open Meetings Act is posted in this meeting room. 

2. Roll Call
Discussion

Call to order at 3:06 PM Staff: David Ludwig, Deb Hericks, Beth Kabes

3. Agenda Item
Chair of Committee
3.A. 2016 Legislative Session
Committee Chair Standish
Rationale

Governor -  Property tax plan aim to tighten lid on spending, school aid

NCSA Article

From: jb@brommandassociates.com
To: "Curt Bromm" <curt@wahoolaw.com>
Sent: Monday, January 11, 2016 1:41:49 PM
Subject: BAA - 2016 Session Update - Review

This Wednesday, January 6, was the beginning of the “short session” for the Nebraska Legislature.  This sixty day session (found here) is calendared to go through April 20th and has already proven to be moving very quickly as there are 400 bills already on carry over from 2015 and almost 200 bills introduced already through Friday.

Speaker Hadley would like to get started early on priority bills and has announced that he will be accepting senator and committee priority designations and requests for speaker priority designations as early as Monday, January 11th.

This session will be the last for 22% of the body as 11 of 49 senators are term-limited out. With this brings turnover in the committee chairs and the potential for some posturing and positioning as the session goes on.  The newest member, Omaha Senator Nicole Fox, was appointed last fall and additional information can be found here.  Senator Mark Kolterman has been elected as the new Retirement Systems chair and you can find the makeup and slight committee changes to the 14 standing committees here.

Also, Governor Rickett's will give the State of the State Address this Thursday at 10:00 a.m. and you should be able to view it live from this page.

We are reviewing and compiling all of the bills and will soon send out a report when all of the bills are in. Public hearings will begin on Jan. 19th and the last day of bill introduction is Jan 20th.  Also, parking seems to be increasingly difficult, so please let us know if you are traveling here and we can try to assist with parking.

Speaker Hadly has also announced that we will be working through lunches starting March 15th and will try to adjourn by 7:00pm.  Additional dates from the Speaker's office can be found here.

Both Curt and I are looking forward to working with you again this year and please let me know if you have any questions.
 
JB
Jason Bromm
Bromm & Associates
551 North Linden
P.O. Box 277
Wahoo, NE 68066
Phone: 402-730-1910
Fax: 402-443-4005
jb@brommandassociates.com
 

Attachments
Discussion

Executive director reviewed goals for the years were to increase communications and awareness.

3.A.I. LB 958 - Change provisions relating to budgets, the valuation of agricultural land, and levy limitations (Gloor)
Committee Chair Standish
Rationale

LB 958

Discussion

Executive Director reviewed LB 958 and LB 959. This has not come out of committee. If/when it comes out of committee there will be significant changes.

3.A.II. LB 959 - Change and eliminate provisions relating to school funding, budgets, and levy authority (Sullivan)
Committee Chair Standish
Rationale

LB 959

Attachments
3.A.III. LB 903 - Change and eliminate provisions relating to learning communities (Baker)
Committee Chair Standish
Rationale

LB 903

3.A.IV. LB 1067 - Change provisions relating to learning communities (Sullivan)
Committee Chair Standish
Rationale

LB 1067

Discussion

Came out of committee without any amendments. Some provisions could affect core service funding.

3.A.V. LB 1002 - Permit educational service unit boards to pay membership dues to associations of school boards (Baker)
Committee Chair Standish
Rationale

LB 1002

Discussion

Included in technical clean-up bill 1066.

3.B. Legislative Planning Committee - June 8 or 9
Committee Chair - Polk
Rationale

The focus of the planning committee is to develop a plan for bill proposals based upon the long-term goals for ESUCC.  

Discussion

Does this committee need to schedule some time in June to discuss legislative goals/needs for next year.

3.C. Long Term Legislative Goals
Committee Chair Standish
Rationale

  • Core funding
  • ESUCC funding
  • eLearning funding
  • ESU facilities funding
  • State Audit
  • Extended services statewide
  • Ongoing communication and awareness

 

Discussion

Some long term goals for legislative are: core funding, ESUCC funding, eLearning funding, ESU facilities funding, state audit, extended services statewide, ongoing communication and awareness

3.D. ESU 1/8 Legislative Process
Committee Chair - Standish
Rationale

The Legislative Development process implemented with ESU 1 and 8 provided a facilitated one-day opportunity for all superintendents to come together to identify focus areas for legislation specific to ESU 1 and 8 School Districts.  Mike Dulaney and I were provided an opportunity to participate in the discussion.  

Based upon conversations with Mike Dulaney and a few superintendent's, is this a process that could be develop throughout the state as a way to create a common voice for specific needs prior to the next legislative session?

Attachments
Discussion

Executive Director discussed the possibility of doing a legislative process much like ESU 1 ans ESU 8 to determines legislative needs.

4. Next Meetings Agenda Items
Chair of Committee
5. Executive Session
Rationale

The ESU Coordinating Council is authorized by state statute to enter into executive session. Executive session may be held when clearly necessary for the protection of the public interest or for the prevention of needless injury to the reputation of an individual. Reasons that meet this standard include but are not limited to: (a) strategy sessions with respect to collective bargaining, real estate matters, pending litigation, or litigation which is imminent as evidenced by communication of a claim or threat of litigation to or by the public body; (b) discussion regarding deployment of security personnel or devices; (c) investigative proceedings regarding allegations of criminal misconduct; (d) evaluation of the job performance of a person when necessary to prevent needless injury to the reputation of a person and if such person has not requested a public meeting; and (e) legal advice.

Explanation

At this point, it is appropriate for the Board to meet in closed session for one of the stated matters and/or any other permissible closed session matters in compliance with the law.

PROPOSAL:

That the Board hold a closed session:

1. For strategy session with respect to negotiations/collective bargaining clearly necessary for the protection of the public interest or for the prevention of needless injury to the reputation of an individual in compliance with the law.

2. For strategy session with respect to property/real estate matters clearly necessary for the protection of the public interest or for the prevention of needless injury to the reputation of an individual in compliance with the law.

3. For strategy session with respect to pending litigation, or litigation which is imminent as evidenced by communication of a claim or threat of litigation to or by the public body clearly necessary for the protection of the public interest or for the prevention of needless injury to the reputation of an individual in compliance with the law.

4. For discussion regarding deployment of security personnel or devices clearly necessary for the protection of the public interest or for the prevention of needless injury to the reputation of an individual in compliance with the law.

5. For investigative proceedings regarding allegations of criminal misconduct clearly necessary for the protection of the public interest or for the prevention of needless injury to the reputation of an individual in compliance with the law.

6. For personnel and the evaluation of job performance clearly necessary for the protection of the public interest or for the prevention of needless injury to the reputation of an individual in compliance with the law.

7. For discussions of the legal consequences of specific action and legal advice clearly necessary for the protection of the public interest or for the prevention of needless injury to the reputation of an individual in compliance with the law.

6. Adjournment
Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  Motion to adjourn at 3:39 PM passed with a motion by Gegg ESU 05 and a second by Schnoes ESU 03.