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Final 2014 Bill Summary –
May 14, 2014
The eighth annual Nebraska Senator’s Appreciation Breakfast was
hosted by the NSVFA and State Auxiliary on January 27, 2014, and
was a very successful event.
Twenty-two senators and two legislative aides attended the
breakfast. Thirty-five NSVFA, NVFC and E Board members and
thirteen auxiliary members were in attendance. Also attending
were Nebraska Attorney General, Jon Bruning; State Fire Marshal,
Jim Heine; Assistant State Fire Marshal, Don Fritz and State
Forester, Dr. Scott Josiah.
Banners for the NSVFA, the STRIVE Program and a banner providing
a cost analysis of providing gear for one firefighter including
SCBA were displayed for the Senators to view.
Many bills were discussed with the senators with particular
LB 62 – Rural and Suburban Fire District Levy
LB 402 – Novelty Lighters (Advanced to Final Reading January 31,
LB 440 – Volunteer Emergency Responders Incentive Act
LB 752 – Assault on a Health Care Professional/Emergency
LB 772 – Increase Cap of Aerial Fire Suppression/Hazmat Response
LB 820 – Great Plains Interstate Fire Compact
LB 895 – Workers’ Compensation Act/Volunteer Firefighter and
Emergency Medical Personnel
Support is needed from members to attend hearings. More
information on this will be made available through Constant
Contact or information on legislative bills, committees and
hearings is always available on the internet at: http://nebraskalegislature.gov/index.php.
A 2014 bill summary with the stances chosen for the bills made
by the NSVFA and Nebraska Fire Chief’s Association, their
Legislative and EMS Committees will be posted soon on the
Legislative page of this web site.
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.
2013 Legislative Bills carried forward as NSVFA 2014 Legislative
Goals for the 2014 Legislative Session were
named at a Legislative Planning meeting of the NSVFA and
Nebraska Fire Chiefs’ E Boards as well as their Legislative and
EMS Committees on September 8, 2013.
LB 62 – Rural and Suburban Fire District
Introducer: Senator Ken Schilz
“In Committee” to be carried forward in 2014
LB 403 – Novelty Lighters
Introducer: Senator Les Seiler
#12 of 85
“General File” bills to be scheduled early in 2014.
LB 440 – Volunteer Emergency Responders Incentive Act
Introducer: Senator Mike Gloor
Co-Sponsors: Senators Kathy Campbell
and Annette Dubas
Legislative Action to establish EMS Jurisdiction in
the State of Nebraska should a community lose its EMS. The
NSVFA and NFCA pursue active participation and
recommendation for any legislative action concerning state
statutes directing EMS services and responsibilities.
Response to the November 1, 2013 NEMA Study. All
members of the fire service are encouraged to attend the
Legislature's interim study hearing regarding the 2012
wildland fires. The hearing is scheduled for Friday,
November 1, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. Central Time at the State
Capitol with remote video conference sites established in
Chadron and Ainsworth.
Legislative Resolution 341 was introduced to study the
powers and duties of the Nebraska Emergency Management
Agency (NEMA) due to several issues which arose during the
2012 wildland fires and during the legislative work-up of LB
634, the Wildfire Control Act of 2013 introduced by Senator
Davis and passed into law this year.
Pursuit of Legislative Support for the Great Plains
Pursuit of Legislation to create a standard POLST,
Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment form and
education of physicians, patients and EMS Personnel for its
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 and events.
Contact Nebraska senators and Nebraska congressmen regarding
various bills at both the state and federal level using
information provided in the Constant Contact emails.
Attend legislative hearings when requests are made for your
support. Your officers cannot do this alone.
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.