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End of the Legislative Session: What Was - and Wasn't Accomplished

LINCOLN--The 2019 Nebraska unicameral session had its ups and downs, but it ended May 31 marked by little action on two of the Legislature’s biggest priorities at the session’s outset.

Rural senators stressed the importance of property tax relief over the course of the session, but their two main proposals — introduced by Sens. Lou Ann Linehan of Elkhorn and Tom Briese of Albion, respectively — failed to resonate with urban senators and Gov. Pete Ricketts. Both proposals involved using new taxes on items like candy and bottled water to slash property tax needs. Ricketts viewed both...


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