Nebraska State Resource Center
Nebraska Statewide Offices
- Attorney General
The Attorney General is responsible for the representation of the state in all legal matters, both civil and criminal, where the state is named as a party or may have an interest in the outcome of the litigation or dispute. The Office is organized according to specialized areas of law and is divided into eight sections -- Civil Litigation, Legal Services, Roads, Health, Criminal Appeals, Civil Rights, Criminal Prosecution, and Civil Enforcement.
- Auditor of Public Accounts
The mission of the Auditor of Public Accounts' office is to provide independent, accurate, and timely audits, reviews, or investigations of the financial operations of Nebraska State and local governments.
The Governor of Nebraska holds the "supreme executive power" of the State of Nebraska. It is the governor’s duty “to take care that the laws be faithfully executed and the affairs of the state efﬁciently and economically administered. The governor is the chief budget ofﬁcer; the chairperson of the Board of State Canvassers and the Board of Pardons; and a member of the State Records Board, Nebraska Capitol Commission, Education Commission of the States, State Board of Health, Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, Nebraska Hall of Fame Commission, Nebraska Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice and other groups as provided by law.
- Lt. Governor
The Lt. Governor serves as the Chair of NITC; the Business Recruitment Liason; the Director of Homeland Security; the Chair of the Partners in Prevention; and he presides as the President of the Nebraska Legislature. If the governor becomes incapacitated or is out of the state, the Lt. Governor acts as Governor; if there is a vacancy or permanent incapacitation, the Lt. Governor becomes Governor.
- Nebraska State Government
Official Nebraska state government website. Nebraska's government operates under the framework of the Nebraska Constitution, adopted in 1875, and is divided into three branches: executive, legislative, and judicial.
- Secretary of State
The Secretary of State has responsibilities over the following areas: elections, business services, occupational licensing, state rules and regulations, records management, international relations and youth civics programs. The Secretary of State is the keeper of the Great Seal of the State of Nebraska, and the office is the repository for official state documents. By law, the Secretary of State serves on a number of state boards.
- State Treasurer
The State Treasurer’s Office is currently comprised of five divisions – Treasury Management, Unclaimed Property, the Nebraska College Savings Program, the Nebraska Child Support Payment Center and the Nebraska Long-Term Care Savings Plan. The Treasury Management Division is responsible for receipting in all monies from state government - from taxes to tuition payments.
Nebraska Legislative Branch
- Nebraska Legislature
Nebraska's legislature is unique among all state legislatures in the nation because it has a single-house system. Nebraska remains the only state with a unicameral legislature. Another unique aspect of Nebraska's legislature is its nonpartisanship. Being a nonpartisan legislature means that a candidate's political party is not listed on the election ballot. The two candidates who obtain the most votes in the primary election face each other in the general election. Unlike other states, Nebraska's legislative leadership is not based on party affiliation.
- Office of the Ombudsman (Public Counsel)
The Office of the Public Counsel (also known as the State Ombudsman's Office) is an independent complaint-handling office for the use of citizens who have complaints about the actions of administrative agencies of state government, that is, the bureaucracy of state government.
Nebraska Court Rules and Forms
- External Court Rules
External Court Rules (Rules of other courts, commissions, and entities as defined by Neb. Ct. R. § 1-102(C).)
- Nebraska Court Community
Links to Administrative Policies and Rules; Awards; Forms; Judges' Bench Book; Records Checks/Criminal Background Check; and Records Retention Disposition Schedules. Also provides resources from outside the Nebraska Judicial Branch.
- Nebraska Court Forms
This page provides access to the forms currently available to the legal community, local courts and the public through the Administrative Office of the Courts. These forms are from Supreme Court rules, the Administrative Office of the Courts, the Nebraska Supreme Court Committee on Pro Se Litigation and other organizations. They are organized under the court in which they are used, or you may enter the topic or title of the form in the search box above for quicker access.
- Nebraska Supreme Court Rules
Official Supreme Court Rules (All Codified Supreme Court Rules).
- Nebraska Uniform District Court Rules of Practice and Procedure
Provides link to instant pdf download.
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Nebraska Forms
Pro Se Link Provides links to the documents that are required to file a Chapter 7, Chapter 11, Chapter 12 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy case. Also provides packages that have all of the documents needed to file a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy case.
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Nebraska Local Rules
Provides link to instand pdf download of Nebraska Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure.
- U.S. District Court Rules
Nebraska U.S. District Court Local Rules and Administrative Procedures.
Nebraska Judicial Branch
- Judicial Branch
The judicial system in Nebraska is unified, with the Nebraska Supreme Court having administrative authority over all Nebraska courts. Nebraska uses the Missouri Plan for the selection of judges at all levels. The lowest courts in Nebraska are the county courts, above that are twelve district courts (containing one or more counties). The Court of Appeals hears appeals from the district courts, juvenile courts, and workers' compensation courts. The Nebraska Supreme Court is the final court of appeal.
Nebraska Executive Branch
- Department of Administrative Services
The Department of Administrative Services was established by State Statute 81-101 and has the responsibility to provide centralized support services to State agencies, boards, and commissions. These functions are spearheaded by the agency director through twelve (12) separate divisions.
- Department of Agriculture
The divisions of the Department of Agriculture include: Administration; Animal Industry: Beginning Farmer: Dairy: Farm Mediation: Foods: Laboratories: Plant Industry: Potato Development: Poultry & Egg: Promotion & Development: Statistics; and Weights & Measures.
- Department of Banking and Finance
The Department of Banking was created by Nebraska legislators to regulate state-chartered banks and other financial industries within the state. In 1939, regulation of state securities laws was also placed under the jurisdiction of the Department of Banking. Today, the Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance regulates and supervises various financial industries on behalf of the State of Nebraska and its residents.
- Department of Economic Development
The Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) is the official lead economic development agency for Nebraska. DED’s programs serve multiple functions: Support communities with development efforts; Assist with starting, retaining and expanding businesses; Promote the state for business locations and expansions; and Encourage increased visitations by travelers.
- Department of Education
The Nebraska Department of Education is the U.S. State of Nebraska's state education agency responsible for administering public education funding from the U.S. Department of Education and the Nebraska State Legislature.
- Department of Environmental Quality
The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality was created pursuant to passage of the Nebraska Environmental Protection Act in 1971. Although the Department has grown and been given additional responsibilities over the years, its ongoing mission has remained the same - the protection of Nebraska’s air, land and water resources.
- Department of Insurance
The Department of Insurance regulates and examines all insurance companies and certain related operations doing business in Nebraska. Regulation includes: agent licensing and examination; foreign insurer admittance; periodic examination of company affairs; automobile, property, and liability rate approval; policy form approval; rating and claims practice investigation; and complaints investigations.
- Department of Labor
The Department of Labor provides services and information for workers, jobseekers and employers.
- Department of Labor: Nebraska Job Service
JobLink provides job searches, resume services and assistance to job seekers.
- Department of Motor Vehicles
The Department of Motor Vehicles provides Driver Licensing Services: Vehicle Services: Highway Safety; and Motor Carrier Services.
- Department of Natural Resources
The goal of the Department of Natural Resources is to proactively research and develop information with which to direct the State's efforts to protect and conserve Nebraska's water and land resources.
- Department of Revenue
The mission of the Department of Revenue is to serve the public by administering the state revenue laws with integrity, efficiency and consistency.
- Department of Revenue Property Assessment Division
The purpose of the Department of Revenue Property Assessment Division is to develop information, in various formats, that assists the administrators, payers, and beneficiaries of the property taxes to make informed decisions concerning the quality of the assessment function of the property tax system in Nebraska.
- Department of Roads
The Nebraska Department of Roads (NDOR) is the state government agency charged with building and maintaining the state and federal highways in Nebraska. NDOR differs from other similar state agencies across the country, in that it is a Department of Roads, not a Department of Transportation. The Nebraska Department of Roads does not oversee Nebraska aviation, waterways, motor vehicles, or many other areas that similar agencies in other states have as part of their mission.
- Emergency Management Agency
The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) is charged by state statute to reduce the vulnerabilities of the people and communities of Nebraska from the damage, injury and loss of life and property resulting from natural, technological or man-made disasters and emergencies.
- Health and Human Services System
The Department of Health and Human Services provides important, life-sustaining services to Nebraskans. Its divisions include Behavioral Health; Children and Family Services; Developmental Disabilities; Medicaid and Long-Term Care; Public Health; Veterans' Homes; and Operations.
- Nebraska Energy Office
The mission of the Nebraska Energy Office is to promote the efficient, economic and environmentally responsible use of energy.
- Nebraska State Historical Society
The Nebraska State Historical Society collects, preserves, and opens to all, the histories we share. Organization by Divisions: Administration; Archeology; Conservation; Library / Archives; Museum/Historic Sites; Collections; Education / Tours; Research and Publications; and State Historic Preservation Office.
- Nebraska State Jobs
Provides links and info for Nebraska Jobs, State Jobs, Government Jobs, Federal Jobs, and links to various other job banks.
- Nebraska Travel & Tourism Division
The Nebraska Travel & Tourism Division has two primary purposes: 1) to market and promote Nebraska's tourism industry; and 2) to provide educational opportunities throughtout the year to people working in the state's tourism industry.
- State Unit on Aging
The State Unit on Aging grants state and federal funds to the eight Area Agencies on Aging in Nebraska to support local programs and services. With the assistance of local individuals and advisory groups, each Area Agency on Aging determines needs and develops a plan to provide an appropriate array of services for its aging population. In addition to its planning responsibilities, each Area Agency on Aging is a key source for information on available local resources and services.
Nebraska Boards and Commissions
- Commission of Industrial Relations
When impasse is reached, one of the parties may request the CIR to establish wages and conditions of employment. The Commission is made up of five part-time commissioners, appointed by the Governor, with legislative approval, for a term of six years.
- Game and Parks Commission
The mission of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is stewardship of the state's fish, wildlife, park, and outdoor recreation resources in the best long-term interests of the people and those resources. The Commission plans and implements its policies and programs efficiently and objectively; maintains a rich and diverse environment in Nebraska's lands and waters; provides outdoor recreation opportunities; manages wildlife resources for the maximum benefit of the people; and attempts to help Nebraskans appreciate their role in the natural world.
- Nebraska Arts Council
Nebraska Arts Council’s mission is to promote, cultivate and sustain the arts for the people of Nebraska.
- Nebraska Board of Examiners for Land Surveyors
The mission of the state board of examiners for land surveyors is to enforce and administer the laws relating to regulation of land surveying through gicensing in Nebraska and to ensure the quality of land surveying in Nebraska fo rthe protection of the public.
- Nebraska Board of Geologists
- Nebraska Ethanol Board
The Nebraska Ethanol Board is a state agency, created in 1971 by the Nebraska Legislature—the first state agency in the United States devoted solely to the development of the ethanol industry. The Nebraska Ethanol Board is made up of seven members appointed by the Governor, and one non-voting technical advisor.
- Nebraska Information Technology Commission
The Nebraska Information Technology Commission (NITC) is a nine-member, governor-appointed commission. The mission of NITC is to make the State of Nebraska's information technology infrastructure more accessible and responsive to the needs of its citizens, regardless of location, while making investments in government, education, health care and other services more efficient and cost effective.
- Nebraska Library Commission
The mission of the Nebraska Library Commission is statewide promotion, development, and coordination of library and information services. As the state library agency, the Commission advocates for the library and information service needs of all Nebraskans.
- Nebraska Public Employees' Retirement System
The Nebraska Public Employees Retirement Systems (NPERS), under the direction of the Public Employees Retirement Board (PERB), administers several statewide retirement systems and one deferred compensation plan for the State of Nebraska. The five mandatory plans NPERS administers are for State, County, School, Judges and Patrol employees. The voluntary Deferred Compensation Plan is administered primarily for State, Judges, and State Patrol employees, however County employees are eligible to participate if their county does not offer a voluntary plan.
- Public Service Commission
The mission of the Nebraska Public Service Commission is to assure Nebraskans receive high quality, safe and reliable public services at fair and affordable rates.
- Tax Equalization and Review Commission
The Nebraska Tax Equalization and Review Commission is a Constitutional body created by the Legislature in 1996, to provide a simpler, less expensive avenue of appeal for property owners to challenge the assessment of property in Nebraska.