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.