Legislature Gives Final Okay To Create Public Guardian Office

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

A bill to create a public guardian office for vulnerable Nebraskans won final approval in the Legislature on Thursday. The office would serve as a last resort for those needing a guardian or conservator when no one else is available.

Lawmakers voted 44-0 to pass the measure by Sen. Colby Coash of Lincoln.

County courts often appoint guardians for people when a disability or mental illness prevents them from making responsible decisions. But in some cases, no one is willing or able to serve in that role.

The new office would have a director, deputy director and 12 associate public guardians. Its staff would also provide education, training and support to current and future guardians and conservators.

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