(1) Whenever a complaint alleges a discriminatory housing practice (a) within the jurisdiction of a local agency in an incorporated city or a county and (b) as to which the agency has been certified by the commission under this section, the commission shall refer the complaint to that agency before taking any action with respect to the complaint.
(2) After a referral is made, the commission shall take no further action with respect to such complaint without the consent of the agency unless:
(a) The agency has failed to commence proceedings with respect to the complaint before the end of the thirtieth day after the date of such referral;
(b) The agency, having so commenced proceedings, fails to carry forward the proceedings with reasonable promptness; or
(c) The commission determines that the agency no longer qualifies for certification under this section with respect to the relevant jurisdiction.
(3)(a) The commission may certify a local agency under this section only if the commission determines that the following are substantially equivalent to those created by and under the Nebraska Fair Housing Act:
(i) The substantive rights protected by the agency in the jurisdiction with respect to which certification is to be made;
(ii) The procedures followed by the agency;
(iii) The remedies available to the agency; and
(iv) The availability of judicial review of the agency's action.
(b) Before making such certification, the commission shall take into account the current practices and past performance, if any, of the agency.