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(Neb)-Speaker Trying Last Ditch Effort On Property Tax Relief  Listen

By: John Axtell Posted at: 04/07/2018 02:41 AM
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Speaker of the Nebraska Legislature Jim Scheer is trying to get lawmakers to compromise and create a property tax reduction bill in the session's final days that can get enough votes to pass..
     Scheer, speaking from the floor on Friday, said he had invited five key senators to meet in his office Saturday in a last-ditch effort to find something that can win approval.


Scheer's announcement of the Gang of 5 meeting drew criticism from some lawmakers who said the group was too small.

     He defended the size as a way be able to act quickly, adding that he's open to others participating but doesn't think it's necessary since he expects a lot of discussion and debate on the floor if they can reach a compromise.

    Scheer also rejected the argument the group isn't diverse enough since all five are conservative Republican men with all but one from rural communities. He said he thinks they are diverse because of the interests and constituencies they bring to the table.

    Monday is the last day for bills to receive first-round approval and still have a chance of passing this year, and none of the property tax proposals have anywhere close to the 33 votes needed stop a filibuster and move to an up-or-down vote.


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