ESU Coordinating Council
April 07, 2015 9:00 AM
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 9:10 AM.

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

ESUCC Legislative Action Plan

Discussion

Continue to have discussions to continually update the Legislative action plans. Update plans this summer to be ready for next session.

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

Executive Director discussed the Network NE membership with Non-profits.

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

LB 343

Attachments
Discussion

Executive Director updated committee on LB 343. B=Vote out of education committee was a 5-3 vote. Discussion to make part of TEEOSA. This should be on the floor today. In order for schools to apply, they will (from shall) have to go through their ESUs. This bill is inclusive of LB 402 (DL funding) which will be for sending districts only.

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

Not much discussion happening with this bill currently. They promote going to vote of the people for more money for ESUs. If this stays in committee at end of session bill will be carried over to next session.

3.E. Appropriations
Committee Chair - Liz Standish
Discussion

Executive Director discussed his correspondence with some Senators regarding appropriations. Executive Director is requesting a meeting with Senator Mellow.

3.F. Lobbyist
Committee Chair Liz Standish
Discussion

Executive Director discussed the possibility of hiring a lobbyist for ESUCC at a statewide level of support. Make a contract to include deliverable services (newsletters, etc.) Recommend action to move forward in September.

4. Next Meetings Agenda Items
Chair of Committee
Discussion

LB 478 - start working on data we can provide to senators.

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 9:45 AM passed with a motion by Schnoes ESU 03 and a second by Calvert ESU 15.