Nebraska Legislature Begins 2014 Session

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

The Nebraska Legislature convened Wednesday morning for a 60-day session that's expected to focus on taxes, but also include other issues ranging from Medicaid expansion to prison reform.

The top issue likely will revolve around taxes as Gov. Dave Heineman pushes to cut property and income taxes. His efforts to change the system failed last year, but this time he's working more closely with business and farm groups.

Some lawmakers will also seek to expand Medicaid, though Gov. Heineman will likely lead an effort to block those efforts.

Prison reform is on the agenda in part due to the case of Nikko Jenkins, who is accused in four Omaha-area killings after his release from prison.

This will be Gov. Heineman's final session. It's also the last session for 17 term-limited state senators, more than one-third of the Legislature.

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