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Lawmakers gave final approval April 2 to a bill that provides a mechanism for a dissolved Home Owners Association (HOA) to achieve reinstatement.
LB304, introduced by Lincoln Sen. Matt Hansen, adopts the Municipal Custodianship for Dissolved Homeowners Associations Act. The bill allows a municipality to be appointed custodian over a dissolved HOA.
The bill establishes a $100 fee for an HOA seeking reinstatement after being dissolved for more than five years and applies only to HOAs located within the city limits of a municipality.
The bill passed 45-0.
Published: Wednesday, March 18th, 2015
The Executive Board of the Legislature announced appointments to three special investigative committees March 9.
The Developmental Disabilities Special Investigative Committee has been providing ongoing oversight of the placement and care of the developmentally disabled in Nebraska since 2008.
The committee was reauthorized Feb. 27 with the adoption of LR32. Appointed to the committee are:
• Lincoln Sen. Roy Baker;
• Lincoln Sen. Kate Bolz;
• Lincoln Sen. Colby Coash (chairperson);
• Hyannis Sen. Al Davis;
• Omaha Sen. Burke Harr;
• Omaha Sen. Robert Hilkemann; and
• Wahoo Sen. Jerry Johnson.
The ACCESSNebraska Special Investigative Committee was established in 2014. ACCESSNebraska is an online and call center system developed and implemented by the state Department of Health and Human Services to determine public benefit eligibility and deliver benefits to clients.
The committee originally was established in 2014 to investigate an array of problems including long wait times for callers, high worker turnover and lost paperwork. The adoption of LR33 on Feb. 27 authorized continuation of the committee’s oversight of the ACCESSNebraska system.
Appointed to the committee are:
• Omaha Sen. Joni Craighead;
• Bellevue Sen. Sue Crawford;
• Lincoln Sen. Matt Hansen;
• Omaha Sen. Sara Howard (chairperson);
• Omaha Sen. John McCollister;
• Ralston Sen. Merv Riepe; and
• Gering Sen. John Stinner.
The Department of Correctional Services Special Investigative Committee was established in 2014, and was authorized to study the administration of good time laws, policies relating to inmate segregation and the availability of rehabilitative and mental health programs.
LR34, adopted on Feb. 27, reauthorized the committee. Appointed are:
• Lincoln Sen. Kate Bolz;
• Omaha Sen. Ernie Chambers;
• Lincoln Sen. Colby Coash;
• Crete Sen. Laura Ebke;
• Omaha Sen. Bob Krist;
• Omaha Sen. Heath Mello;
• Lincoln Sen. Adam Morfeld;
• Lincoln Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks;
• Columbus Sen. Paul Schumacher;
• Omaha Sen. Les Seiler (chairperson); and
• Gothenburg Sen. Matt Williams.
Published: Thursday, March 5th, 2015
The Health and Human Services Committee heard testimony March 4 on a bill that would extend a behavioral health screening and referral pilot program.
In 2013, the Legislature created the Behavioral Health Screening and Referral Pilot Program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) to develop ways to address unmet children’s behavioral health needs that could be replicated statewide.
LB240, introduced by Lincoln Sen. Matt Hansen, would remove the Sept. 6, 2015, termination date for the program and an existing cap on the number of clinic sites.
Hansen said the screening program is included in UNMC’s budget, so LB240 would have no fiscal impact on the state.
“We seem to have great consensus that this is an effective program to make sure that behavioral health care is available in more and more communities throughout our state,” he said.
Joe Evans, director of the psychology department at UNMC, testified in support of the bill. Nebraska currently has a shortage and maldistribution of behavioral health care providers, he said, and having a program that can screen children during primary care provider visits has proven successful.
Evans said 88 of Nebraska’s 93 counties are identified by the federal government as behavioral health provider shortage areas.
UNMC psychology professor Kathryn Menousek also testified in support, saying the program hopes to expand to five or six sites throughout the state.
“This would allow greater access to behavioral health services to many Nebraska families,” she said.
No opposition testimony was offered and the committee took no immediate action on the bill.
Lawmakers gave second-round approval March 3 to a bill that would provide a mechanism for a dissolved Home Owners Association (HOA) to achieve reinstatement.
LB304, introduced by Lincoln Sen. Matt Hansen, would adopt the Municipal Custodianship for Dissolved Homeowners Associations Act. The bill would allow a municipality to be appointed custodian over a dissolved HOA.
Hansen said the bill would allow a municipality to take over maintenance of any common areas that previously had been maintained by the HOA.
“These dissolved HOAs present problems to the municipalities,” he said, adding that there are currently 26 dissolved HOAs in Lincoln.
An Urban Affairs Committee amendment, adopted 26-0, made technical changes to the bill. The amendment also established a $100 fee for an HOA seeking reinstatement after being dissolved for more than five years and limited the bill’s provisions to HOAs located within the city limits of a municipality.
The bill advanced to select file on a 27-0 vote.
Jurisdictions of county courts in Nebraska are more clearly defined by a bill passed Feb. 27.
LB314, introduced by Lincoln Sen. Matt Hansen, clarifies several different areas of jurisdiction for county courts that are consistent with the court’s existing jurisdiction regarding probate, guardianship and conservatorship.
The law establishes the county court’s exclusive original jurisdiction in any action involving the power of attorney for certain health care cases and certain cases arising under the Nebraska Uniform Custodial Trust Act and the Nebraska Uniform Transfers to Minors Act.
LB314 also establishes the county court’s concurrent original jurisdiction involving any matter relating to a power of attorney and the inaction of any agent acting under a power of attorney and certain cases arising under the Uniform Principal and Income Act and the Uniform Testamentary Additions to Trusts Act.
The bill passed on a 47-0 vote.