ESU Coordinating Council
May 05, 2015 11:00 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 11:00 AM Staff: Deb Hericks

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

ESUCC Legislative Action Plan

3.A.I. LB 431 - Bid Limits change from $40,000 to $100,000
Rationale

Note from Craig Peterson:

While in Las Vegas this week attending the AEPA meeting I spoke with Ohio's Director of Purchasing Elmo Kallner about what they had done in their state to remove the limitations of construction projects that Nebraska has dealt with in recent year's.  Even with the news of LB 431 passing the other day and raising our limit from $40,000 to $100,000 I think there may be more that we want to do in this area.  Just talking with the Track and Sports surface vendors there will be and are a number of projects that they will not be able to leverage the contracts that we have with AEPA.  With the recent legislative changes to the cap it has opened up a number of opportunities for projects in the area of Weight room flooring, small gyms or multipurpose areas, and tennis courts.
 
Elmo has provided the legislative changes they made in the State of Ohio as attachments and my thought was with the the recent changes in our state would this be a good time to start planting the seed for additional changes in future legislative sessions?

Discussion

Gather more information regarding legislative action and updates on legislation for LB 341. Add to Coop to policies, when written.

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

LB 343

Attachments
Discussion

Amended into 525 advanced with the inclusion of LB 343 (Tier 2 funding) for one year 2015-2016. LB 519 will include the DL component (3% of lottery funds).

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

Do not expect legislative action this session, but bill will stay on file for next session. Collect data needed to support in next session. Educate the Senators on ESUs, tour the state, etc. Craig Lofquist will start a Google Spreadsheet that layouts cash reserve for ESUs (including auditor suggested 3 months spending reserve, cost of construction per square foot, etc.)

3.C.I. ESU Facility Data
Committee Chair - Liz Standish
3.D. Appropriations
Committee Chair - Liz Standish
3.E. Lobbyist
Committee Chair Liz Standish
Discussion

Executive Director continue to research the possibility to hire a lobbyist for the ESUCC.

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:  Meeting adjourned at 11:32 AM passed with a motion by Schnoes ESU 03 and a second by Calvert ESU 15.