Beutler, 042381 NEAGO, AGO 81081
|Docket Nº:||AGO 81081|
|Case Date:||April 23, 1981|
A. Article XIII, Section 3 of the Nebraska Constitution prohibiting the lending of the credit of the state.
B. Article III, Section 19 of the Nebraska Constitution prohibiting the payment of any extra compensation for services rendered.
C. Any other provision of the Nebraska Constitution.We have reviewed LB 331 in light of your request, and our conclusions are set forth below. LB 331 provides that the Nebraska Gasohol Committee shall encourage the development and subsequent production of high protein food products for human consumption which have been derived from distillers' grain or the process of ethanol distillation. The bill further provides that the Nebraska Gasohol Committee shall evaluate all such high protein food products under criteria set forth in the legislation. The provision of LB 331 which you have questioned provides that the Nebraska Gasohol Committee may award a $50, 000 development gratuity to a person whose high protein food product best meets the criteria set forth in the bill. A "person" eligible for this $50, 000 development gratuity includes any individual, firm, partnership, association, or corporation. Article III, Section 19 of the Nebraska Constitution provides, in pertinent part:
The Legislature shall never grant any extra compensation to any public officer, agent, or servant after the services have been rendered nor to any contractor after the contract has been entered into, except that retirement benefits of retired public officers and employees may be adjusted to reflect changes in the cost of living and wage levels that have occurred subsequent to the date of retirement.On the basis of this language, LB 331 does appear valid under Article III, Section 19. This constitutional provision specifically applies to public officers, agents, servants or persons who contract...
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