Jan 08, 2020 3:45 PM

Flooding, taxes among top priorities in new Nebraska session

Posted Jan 08, 2020 3:45 PM

Nebraska lawmakers will try to address prison overcrowding problems, approve new tax incentives for businesses and decide how to use a surplus of state tax revenue in the upcoming 2020 session.

This year’s short, 60-day session will put senators in a time crunch as they consider fresh proposals in addition to legislation carried over from last year.

They’ll also have to work together if they want to pass major property tax legislation or flood-relief measures, top priorities for many lawmakers and Gov. Pete Ricketts.

Legislative Speaker Jim Scheer says he expects a lot of debate over what to do with excess money the state has collected.

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Jan 08, 2020 3:45 PM
3 arrested after package thrown over Nebraska prison wall

Officials say three people have been arrested after a package containing tobacco, cellphones and synthetic marijuana were thrown over over a wall of the Nebraska State Penitentiary in Lincoln.

The Nebraska State Patrol says in a news release that an 18-year-old man was arrested around 8 a.m.

Tuesday after he was seen walking near the penitentiary and throwing a package over the wall. Nebraska Department of Corrections officials say it contained two cellphones, tobacco and K2.

Two other men, ages 22 and 21, found in a vehicle across the street from the penitentiary also were arrested.