Session Nears an End for Nebraska Lawmakers

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Nebraska lawmakers will end their session Wednesday with an updated state budget, reforms to help stabilize the lives of foster children, and a tax cut package championed by Gov. Dave Heineman.

They also will attempt to override four bills that Heineman has vetoed.

And in an unusual step, the Republican governor said he does not plan to deliver the traditional end-of-session speech to lawmakers.

One measure would allow machine bets on previously run horse races.

Another would allow cities to increase their sales tax rates with voter approval.

A third would create a grant program for schools to create health centers.

And the fourth --the one expected to generate the most debate -- would restore taxpayer-funded prenatal care to low-income women, including illegal immigrants.

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