A bill that would tighten oversight of guardians and conservators will be among the first debated in this year’s legislative session.
Members of the Judiciary Committee voted without dissent Thursday to advance Legislative Bill 157 to the full Legislature.
Among other things, the measure would require background checks for guardians and conservators and the furnishing of bonds for assets greater than $10,000.
It would require inventories of a ward’s assets before a guardian’s appointment becomes final and would allow for mediation to resolve disputes.
It also would allow third parties to ask for more court oversight when a ward’s safety, health or financial welfare appears in jeopardy.
State Sen. Colby Coash of Lincoln, who introduced the bill, said it represents only the beginning of changes needed to better protect vulnerable Nebraskans.
“This puts some immediate, meaningful protections in place for wards,” he said. “There is much more to do.”
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