Nebraska Revised Statute 84-215
Chapter 84 Section 215
Act of Legislature; Attorney General opinion, unconstitutional; refusal to implement by state officer; action to determine validity.
When the Attorney General issues a written opinion that an act of the Legislature is unconstitutional and any state officer charged with the duty of implementing the act, in reliance on such opinion, refuses to implement the act, the Attorney General shall, within ten working days of the issuance of the opinion, file an action in the appropriate court to determine the validity of the act. In any such action filed under the provisions of this section, the Attorney General may sue as defendant any person having a litigable interest in the matter or in lieu thereof may sue the Secretary of State. If the Secretary of State is named as defendant, it shall be his duty to defend such action and to support the constitutionality of the act of the Legislature and for such purpose is authorized to employ special counsel. Notwithstanding the provisions of this section, no such action need be brought by the Attorney General if there is pending in any court of the state a legal action for the purpose of testing the constitutionality of the act. Any person having a litigable interest may be joined in the action or may intervene in the action, but shall not be deemed a necessary party in order to determine the validity of the act.
- Laws 1977, LB 46, § 1.
It is doubtful that a letter from the Attorney General, disapproving proposed rules as beyond the authority of the board proposing them and stating that the authorizing statute is an excessive delegation of legislative authority, is "a written opinion that an act of the Legislature is unconstitutional". Therefore, the board's failure to act even if the failure is in reliance on such a letter, does not fulfill the requirements of this section. State ex rel. Neb. Nurses Assn. v. State Board of Nursing, 205 Neb. 792, 290 N.W.2d 453 (1980).
Mere failure to act because of an opinion letter of the Attorney General does not constitute refusal to act in reliance upon a written opinion as required by this section. State ex rel. Neb. Nurses Assn. v. State Board of Nursing, 205 Neb. 792, 290 N.W.2d 453 (1980).
When a board fails to promulgate rules required by statute and such failure is the result of an Attorney General's letter disapproving proposed rules as beyond the authority of the board and based upon an excessive delegation of legislative authority, the conditions of this section are not necessarily met. State ex rel. Neb. Nurses Assn. v. State Board of Nursing, 205 Neb. 792, 290 N.W.2d 453 (1980).