Attorney General of Nebraska
|Nebraska Attorney General|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2012-13 FY Budget:||$5,795,369|
|Authority:||Nebraska Constitution, Article IV, Section I|
|Next election:||November 4, 2014|
|Last election:||November 2, 2010|
|Other Nebraska Executive Offices|
|Governor • Lieutenant Governor • Secretary of State • Attorney General • Treasurer • Auditor • Commissioner of Education • Agriculture Director • Insurance Director • Natural Resources Director • Labor Commissioner • Public Service Commission|
- 1 Current officeholder
- 2 Authority
- 3 Qualifications
- 4 Vacancies
- 5 Duties
- 6 Divisions
- 7 Campaign finance
- 8 State budget
- 9 Compensation
- 10 Elections
- 11 Historical officeholders
- 12 Recent news
- 13 Contact information
- 14 See also
- 15 External links
- 16 References
Under Article IV, Section I:
The executive officers of the state shall be the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Auditor of Public Accounts, State Treasurer, Attorney General, and the heads of such other executive departments as set forth herein or as may be established by law.
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As established by Article IV, Section 11 of the Nebraska Constitution, in the event of a vacancy in the office of attorney general, the governor fills the office by appointment. The appointee serves until a successor is elected and qualified.
Some of the general duties of the office of the Attorney General include:
- Uphold and defend the Constitution and laws of the State of Nebraska;
- Achieve a higher level of public safety and security by promoting vigorous prosecution of murderers, drug dealers, child abusers and other criminals;
- Promote stronger law enforcement and reform in criminal procedure and criminal law;
- Provide skilled assistance to local prosecutors in highly technical or complex cases involving murder, illegal drugs and the prosecution of child sexual abuse;
- Prevent and prosecute consumer fraud and deceptive trade practices, and protect Nebraskans from fraudulent business activities and scams through educational outreach;
- Uphold and protect the civil rights of all Nebraskans;
- Defend Nebraska's interests in disputes with other states over irrigation water and stream flows;
- Protect the public health and safety of Nebraskans by vigorously pursuing disciplinary actions against health care professionals who endanger the public by violations of health regulations or drug laws;
- Provide professional legal representation in all civil proceedings on behalf of the state;
- Reduce the time and resources devoted by the state to defending claims by inmates of correctional facilities.
Role in the initiative process
Unlike many states, Nebraska's initiative guidelines dictate that a ballot title is not issued until signatures are being verified. Thus the attorney general does not receive a copy of the ballot until the signatures are turned into the state four months prior to the election.
It is at this point that the attorney general will assign a ballot title to the initiative, which will be certified by the Nebraska secretary of state.
The attorney general will then write a ballot question that summarizes the initiative in 100 words or less. The office is also in charge of writing the effect of a vote for or against the measure, both items which will appear on the ballot.
Ballot language court appeals
If any citizen believes the ballot language is not sufficient or fair, they may file in District Court asking for the language to be changed. This must occur within ten days after the language is filed with the secretary of state.
If there aren't any appeal, then the language written by the attorney general is considered final and is issued to the secretary of state for official placement on the ballot.
- Civil Litigation Bureau: this department works on civil rights claims, inmate litigation, worker's compensation, tort claim lawsuits, employment discrimination, and equal opportunity commission.
- Criminal Bureau: this department working on child protection, criminal appeals, domestic violence and internet safety.
- Legal Services Bureau: provides legal advice to over 60 state agencies, boards, commissions, departments and offices. The department also is in charge of antitrust, probate, and escheat, and other specialized matters including election law and constitutional litigation. The Legal Services Bureau researches and drafts most Attorney General Opinions for review by the Attorney General and also review rules and regulations for statutory authority and constitutionality.
- Public Protection Bureau: enforces laws and regulations for agriculture, environment and & natural resources. This department is also in charge of consumer protections; health and licensing; the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit; Tobacco Enforcement; the Liquor Control Commission; One-Call Notification Act (the bureau files actions for civil penalties against individuals who fail to call the Digger’s Hotline prior to excavation of a pipeline site); and Administrative License Revocation.
The Attorney General of Nebraska is responsible for handling all prosecutions of criminal violations of Nebraska's campaign finance laws. The first step in filing a complaint is to file with the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission. It is up to the NADC to determine probable cause of a complaint before the Attorney General can move on with prosecution the case. The NADC handles all civil law violations.
The budget for the Attorney General's office in Fiscal Year 2012-13 was $5,795,369.
- See also: Compensation of state executive officers
The officers provided for in this article shall receive such salaries as may be provided by law. Such officers, or such other officers as may be provided for by law, shall not receive for their own use any fees, costs, or interest upon public money in their hands.
In 2013, the attorney general was paid an estimated $95,000.
The Office of Attorney General is a publicly elected position with elections held every four years. Elections are held in November and officers assume their duties the following January. There are no term limits. (Nebraska Constitution, Article IV § 1)
To view the electoral history dating back to 2002 for the office of Nebraska Attorney General, Click [show] to expand the section.
There have been 32 Attorneys General of Nebraska since 1867. Of the 32 officeholders, 25 were Republican, 6 were Democratic and 1 was Democratic/Populist.
|List of Former Officeholders from 1867-Present|
|1||Champion S. Chase||1867-1869||Republican|
|3||George H. Roberts||1871-1873||Republican|
|4||Joseph R. Webster||1873-1875||Republican|
|5||George H. Roberts||1875-1879||Republican|
|6||C. J. Dilworth||1879-1883||Republican|
|7||Isaac Powers Jr.||1883-1885||Republican|
|9||George H. Hastings||1891-1895||Republican|
|10||Arthur S. Churchill||1895-1897||Republican|
|11||Constantine J. Smyth||1897-1901||Democratic/Populist|
|12||Frank N. Prout||1901-1905||Republican|
|14||William T. Thompson||1907-1910||Republican|
|15||Arthur F. Mullen||1910-1911||Democratic|
|16||Grant G. Martin||1911-1915||Republican|
|17||Willis E. Reed||1915-1919||Democratic|
|18||Clarence A. Davis||1919-1923||Republican|
|19||Ora S. Spillman||1923-1929||Republican|
|20||C. A. Sorensen||1929-1933||Republican|
|21||Paul F. Good||1933-1935||Democratic|
|22||William H. Wright||1935-1937||Democratic|
|23||Richard C. Hunter||1937-1939||Democratic|
|24||Walter R. Johnson||1939-1949||Republican|
|25||James H. Anderson||1949-1950||Republican|
|26||Clarence S. Beck||1950-1961||Republican|
|27||Harold P. Caldwell||19516||Democratic|
|28||Clarence A.H. Meyer||1961-1975||Republican|
|29||Paul L. Douglas||1975-1984||Republican|
|30||Robert M. Spire||1985-1991||Republican|
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Office of the Attorney General
2115 State Capitol
Lincoln, NE 68509
- Governor: David Heineman (R)
- Lieutenant Governor: John Nelson (R)
- Attorney General: Jon Bruning (R)
- Auditor of State: Mike Foley (R)
- Secretary of State: John A. Gale (R)
- Secretary of Agriculture: Greg Ibach
- Treasurer of State: Don Stenberg (R)
- Nebraska Attorney General, "About" accessed August 4, 2012
- Attorney General of Nebraska's Official Page, "Jon Bruning," accessed October 2, 2012
- Nebraska Attorney General, "About" accessed August 4, 2012
- Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission, "Nebraska Campaign Finance Law"(Referenced Statute 49-14,124.02 Nebraska Law)
- Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission, "Enforcement Procedure"
- Nevada Legislative Counsel Bureau, "2011-2013 General Fund Appropriations Summary," accessed April 17, 2013
- Council of State Governments, Table 4.11 Selected State Administrative Officials: Annual Salaries, accessed January 30, 2014
- 2012-13 Nebraska Bluebook, "State Executive Branch," accessed July 31, 2013
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