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Nebraska lawmakers debate background screening bill

Jan 28, 2011 Matt Roesly

State lawmakers in Nebraska recently began discussing a new bill that would require background screening for individuals seeking to become legal guardians or conservators, KNTV-TV reports. The bill, initiated by state Senator Colby Coash, is currently on the floor of the Nebraska state legislature. It outlines new regulations individuals must meet prior to their appointment hearing, including criminal background screening and a consumer credit report check. Additionally, conservators attempting to gain legal custody of estates over $10,000 must produce bonds as financial backing, the network details. However, one part of the bill received criticism for creating a potential loophole. It would allow judges to define guardianship of a person's assets or finances without a hearing as long as the "interested person" produces an affidavit supporting the insecurity of the original person's safety, health or financial footing. In addition to background screening, Coash wants to establish a statewide database that would record the activities of adult guardians and conservators in the state legal system. That plan was warmly received by Nebraska's Supreme Court, according to the Tribune.