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1989 NSBA News 1 (1989)

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House of Delegates adopts legislative priorities

Advocating an intermediate court
of appeals, raising judicial salaries
and defending official court
reporters' right to freelance were
adopted as priority issues at the
NSBA House of Delegates meeting
January 27 in Lincoln.
Delegates determined Bar positions
on 34 of the record 808 bills pending
before the 91st session of the
Nebraska Unicameral. The House
acted on the recommendations of
the Committee on Legislation,
chaired by Robert A. Skochdopole
of Omaha, and Larry L. Ruth and
William J. Mueller, NSBA
legislative counsel, both of Lincoln.
LB 586 was supported as a tempo-
rary solution to the overcrowded
Supreme Court docket. One of sev-
eral remedies proposed, it would
create an Appellate Division of the

District Court through 1991 when
the bill sunsets. Under LB 586, the
Supreme Court could designate at
any time one or more panels of
three active or retired district court
judges or retired judges of the
Supreme Court. After hearing cases
assigned by the Supreme Court,
these panels would make written
recommendations for the final
disposition of the cases to the
Supreme Court.
The bill won conditional House
backing with the sunset provision
intact and opposition of any exten-
sion beyond 1991.
LR 8CA, supported as a permanent
solution to the backlog problem,
calls for a constitutional amendment
relating to judicial appeals, Nebras-
kans would vote in the 1990 general
election whether to authorize the

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Honorable Robert 0. Hippe of Gering explains the rationale for a judicial salary
increase to the House of Delegates wbile chairman Howard P. Olsen, Jr., of Scotts-
bluff looks on. An LB 42 pay raise won unanimous House approval.

Supreme Court to assign duties to
judges of a Court of Appeals which
would be created.
Both measures are supported by
the Nebraska Supreme Court. The
Nebraska District Judges Association
gave conditional support to LB 586
in futura last October. Association
President Hon. Robert 0. Hippe of
Gering called a February 15 execu-
tive committee meeting where he
said he expects full support for
LR 8CA as amended.
The House unanimously supported
LB 42, a bill providing for a judicial
pay raise. Under the provisions of
this bill, judges would receive a 20%
salary increase as soon as legally per-
missible, 5% increases in July of 1989
and 1990, and 7% increases in july
of 1991 and 1992.
If passed by the Unicameral,
Nebraska would pay average judicial
salaries, according to information
from the National Center for State
Courts. Statistics currently rank
Nebraska judicial wages 44th among
the 50 states.
Opposed by the House were
LB 178, which would eliminate offi-
cial court reporter freelancing
altogether, and LB 179, which would
eliminate official court reporter
freelancing between the hours of 8
a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays excluding
holidays.
In this issue...
The President's Page ......... 2
The Chairman's Column ..... 3
ABA Mid-Year Highlights ..... 5
Disciplinary Report ........ 6-7
Legislative Summary ....... :'8-9
News from NCLE ........ 10-11
Mock Trial Results .......... 12
Section  News  .............. 13
Names in the News ......... 15

February 1989

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