ESU Coordinating Council
March 04, 2015 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 3:05 PM.

Staff: David Ludwig, Deb Hericks

3. Agenda Item
Chair of Committee
3.A. ESUCC Legislative Action Plan
Committee Chair - Liz Standish
Rationale

Legislative Action Plan

Discussion

Executive Director reviewed the Legislative Action plan that was done last year by Legislative Committee. Discussed changes/updates to document. Core Service Funding/Distance Education - possibility of introducing a bill to increase those funds or reevaluate the formula used to determine funding. Budget hearing will be on March 9th - Executive Director and NDE Commissioner will be testifying.

3.B. Network NE Membership (Non-Profit Agencies)
Committee Chair - Liz Standish
Discussion

Bob Uhing was present to discuss the Network Nebraska Membership. Lincoln Diocese has applied to be on Network Nebraska as one entity. Applied for 1MG but requested 5MG. With added participation added it would increase participation fees substantially. Tech Committee approved sending a letter to Brenda Decker request agenda item to be put back on agenda because all information shared for further discussion. If they are allowed on, they have to pay a fair amount. Clearer define in statute.

3.C. LB 343 (Programs of Excellence)
Committee Chair - Liz Standish
Rationale

LB 343

Attachments
Discussion

Reviewed LB 343 (Programs of Excellence)

3.D. LB 478 (ESU Facility Funding)
Executive Director - David M Ludwig
Attachments
Discussion

Continue for support of cent levy authority.

3.E. LB 402 (DL)
Executive Director - David M Ludwig
Attachments
Discussion

Discussed the LB 402 hearing. Overall support was good.

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 3:55 passed with a motion by Schnoes ESU 03 and a second by Calvert ESU 15.