LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – With the legislative session more than two-thirds over, Nebraska lawmakers are getting ready to confront some of the biggest issues they’ll face this year.
Lawmakers still must approve a new state budget and also will consider plans to lower property taxes by raising the state’s sales and cigarette taxes. Lawmakers face growing pressure to substantially reduce property taxes, but they disagree on the best approach.
They’ll also consider a longshot attempt to abolish the death penalty, three years after voters opted to reinstate the punishment, and a proposal to legalize medical marijuana.
All the proposals are set for debate in the full Legislature between now and the session’s final scheduled day on June 6.