Neb. Bill Would Create Public Guardian for Wards

Sen. Colby Coash

Sen. Colby Coash

(AP) — A Nebraska lawmaker wants to create a public guardian office to serve state wards when no one else is available to meet their needs.

Sen. Colby Coash of Lincoln proposed the new office in a bill introduced on Wednesday. The measure was introduced in response to a state audit that found problems with Nebraska’s current system, which relies heavily on volunteers.

Coash says Nebraska is the only state that does not have an Office of the Public Guardian. He says the state will continue to rely on volunteers, but the new office would serve as a “last resort” for state wards. It also would offer training and resources to guardians and conservators.

The measure has nine co-sponsors.