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The Nebraska State Volunteer Firefighter's Association
partnering with the Association’s Auxiliary is happy to sponsor
the eighth annual Nebraska State Legislative Appreciation
Breakfast for all Nebraska State Senators and other Nebraska
governmental officials. The breakfast is scheduled to be held
Tuesday, February 17, 2015, at the State Capitol in Lincoln in
room # 1023. Participants are asked to meet at 7:30am with NSVFA
Lobbyist, Gerald Stilmock, and are asked to wear their
department uniform or dress in business casual. Breakfast with
the senators and others will begin at 8:00am and continue until
All members are welcome and we are asking those that can
participate to contact the NSVFA office at 1-800-642-6024 or via
email at [email protected] Please consider participating in
the breakfast to help promote the NSVFA and Nebraska Fire
Chiefs's legislative interests. Legislation that is important to
discuss includes Mutual Aid Finance Assistance, Restoration of
Taxing Authority and Banning of Chinese Lanterns among others
that will become evident by February.
Thank you for helping the NSVFA make this event a success.
Kevin Campbell, Gretna FD with Joel Cerny,
NSVFA District 4 Director; Scott Cordes, Norfolk FD Fire
Chief and Jim Horn, NSVFA, 1st Vice President studying
the legislative issues.
Partially hidden, Brian Schlote,
Plainview FD; Scott Cordes, Norfolk FD Fire Chief;
Senator Jim Sheer, Nebraska District 19; John Bomar,
NSVFA/NVFC Alternate Representative discussing
Jim Egr, NSVFA Legal Counsel; Senator
Jerry Johnson, Nebraska District 23; Pat Moore, Dakota
City FD; Jerry Stilmock, NSVFA Lobbyist and Norm Hoeft,
NSVFA/NVFC Representative discussing legislation.
Jim Woolhiser, Manley FD Fire Chief;
Micheal Dwyer, Arlington FD & NSVFA Legislative
Committee; and Senator Bill Kintner, Nebraska District 2
discussing a legislative bill.
Justin Scamehorn, Waco FD; speaking with
Greg Adams, Speaker of the Legislature and representing
Nebraska District 24.
NSVFA Lobbyist, Jerry Stilmock speaking
with Kate Sullivan, Senator for Nebraska District 41.
Nebraska Attorney General,
Jon Bruning in conversation with NSVFA 2nd
Vice-President, Dell Cerny.
NSVFA State Auxiliary Members who
assisted in serving breakfast to the Senators.
Rhonda Cerny, NSVFA Fire Prevention
Committee Chair discussing legislative bills with
Senator Burke Harr, Nebraska District # 8.
NSVFA State Auxiliary members above) from left
to right they are: Pam Lundy (York), Taylor Anderson (Superior),
Diana Stier (Blair), Kathy Barnes (York), Sandra Teegerstrom
(York), Gerri Heywood (Snyder), Ruthie Bertram (North Platte),
Kathy Horn (Schuyler), Ruth Krumbach (York), Kristi Rounds
(Blair), Sharlene Kuhr (Blair). Missing from the photo are Kathi
Gustin and Nancy Moore both who are State Auxiliary members from
Dakota City who also assisted at the breakfast.
2014 Legislative Planning Meeting
After considerable discussion, the following
were approved by individual motions to be the 2015 Legislative
Goals of the NSVFA and Nebr. Fire Chiefs’ Association at their
September 13, 2014, Legislative Planning Meeting.
Mutual Aid Finance Assistance
Restoration of Taxing Authority
Banning of Chinese Lanterns
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Attend the Senator’s Appreciation
Breakfast (Details Above)
Become informed by joining the Constant
Contact email list by clicking on the button titled “Join
Our Email List” in the right hand column of the Home Page.
The NSVFA and Nebraska Fire Chiefs Association sends emails
via this email system informing members of legislative bills
Contact Nebraska senators and Nebraska
congressmen regarding various bills at both the state and
federal level using information provided in the Constant
Contact emails. Results of the Nebraska senators and
congressmen 2015 elections are available on the Secretary of
State web site at:
Attend legislative hearings when requests
are made for your support. Your officers cannot do this
Information on legislative bills, committees
and hearings is always available on the internet at:
NSVFA LEGISLATION PAYS OFF!
The NSVFA sponsors
lobbying at state and national levels, supporting a Nebraska
State Lobbyist and two representatives to the National Volunteer
Fire Council. Each year the NSVFA and Nebraska Fire Chief’s
Association executive boards meet with their Legislative and EMS
Committees to choose legislative goals which senators may
sponsor in the upcoming session. Each January, the NSVFA and
Fire Chiefs sponsor an annual breakfast with the senators to
which all members are invited where they may visit with senators
about the importance of the fire and EMS services in Nebraska
and to ask the senators assistance with upcoming legislative
matters. A Legislative Stance meeting
is held in January or early February that is open to all members of the NSVFA and Nebraska
Fire Chief’s Association where upcoming legislative bills are
discussed and stances developed by the two Associations.
These efforts have paid off. The following list of bills is a
small sample of those approved in recent years that are
important to Nebraska fire and EMS services:
APPROVED April 22,
2014, LB 811 in which LB 752 was amended expanding
the provisions relating to assault of a healthcare
professional to also include emergency responders,
firefighters, and out-of-hospital emergency care providers.
APPROVED April 22,
2014, LB 390 in which LB 772 was amended increasing
the authority of the Adjutant General to make expenditures
up to $25,000 for aerial fire suppression or a hazardous
materials response without a state of emergency
APPROVED April 16,
2014, LB 961 in which LB 820 & LB 895 were amended.
LB 820 authorizes Nebraska to join the Great Plains
Interstate Forest Fire Compact. The Compact is contained
within Section 1 of LB 961 and Section 2 of the bill sets
forth requirements for Nebr. Volunteer firefighters to
provide certification of insurance covering Nebraska
volunteers for workers’ compensation benefits outside the
boundaries of Nebraska. LB 895 clarified provisions of the
Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Act, which will be beneficial
to volunteer firefighters and volunteer emergency medical
2014, LB 403 to prohibit the retail sale of Novelty
June 3, 2013, LB 634 and 634A,
the Wildfire Control Act of 2013, and the funding bill were
signed into law by Governor Heineman and because of an
emergency clause became law effective immediately. The
NSVFA/NVCA through their lobbyist, Gerald Stilmock and the
Nebraska Forest Service through Dr. Scott Josiah, Nebraska
State Forester partnered advantageously to support these
bills and move them through the legislative process. The
Act provides for a Single Engine Air Tanker (SEAT) for rapid
initial attack during fire seasons, funding for expanded
programs in firefighter training, forest fuels reduction,
federal excess property provision, burned land restoration,
and wood product market development.
APPROVED April 5,
2007, LB 160 to Change fire and rescue department
provisions relating to clothing, equipment, and donations
APPROVED March 31,
2008, LB 948, the Emergency Responders Job
Protection Act, was incorporated into LB 1096
APPROVED April 9,
2009, LB 110, Providing for Specialty License Plates
(The Department of Motor Vehicles processes and regulations
for this bill are being developed.)
APPROVED April 22,
2009, LB 206, Adopt the In the Line of Duty
Dependent Education Act This bill will provide education
benefits for surviving children of LODDs for those attending
state universities, state colleges and community colleges
located in Nebraska.
APPROVED May 13,
2009, LB 92, Move-Over Bill, Serious support was
provided by the NSVFA and the AAA.
APPROVED May 19,
2009, LB 198, Adopt the Reduced Cigarette Ignition
Propensity Act Beginning January 1, 2010, cigarette
manufacturers and cigarette retailers will be required to
produce, market and sell only cigarettes that comply with
the Fire-Safe Cigarette law.
APPROVED May 21, 2009, LR 182, an interim study, to
research, review and possibly propose legislative solutions
to the growing problem in recruiting and retaining volunteer
firefighters and emergency medical care providers has been
referred to the Revenue Committee.
APPROVED April 14,
2010, LB 780, Mental-Mental Workers Comp - a first
responder suffering mental injury will be able to recover
workers’ compensation benefits upon establishing certain
criteria. The law will expire in four years.