Push for special session on tax relief falls short

An attempt by lawmakers to call the Legislature into a special session to reduce property taxes has failed to garner sufficient support. Several tax relief bills were introduced during the regular session, but none were successful.

A small group of senators notified Nebraska Secretary of State John Gale in writing April 10 of their support for a special session to address the issue. As required by state law, Secretary Gale then polled the remaining senators.

As of the 5 p.m. deadline April 23, a total of 14 senators had indicated support for a special session. The support of 33 of the 49 state lawmakers was required.

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