Private school scholarship tax credit bill advances in Nebraska Legislature
Lawmakers also held a hearing on a proposal for a new soccer stadium in Omaha.
LINCOLN, Neb. (WOWT) - A bill to provide tax credits for private school scholarships advanced in the Nebraska Legislature on Wednesday.
Senators voted 31-12 to advance LB753.
The opportunity scholarships act would set aside $25 million for tax credits in the first year. Experts predict the program would grow to $39 million in two years.
The bill now faces two more rounds of voting; the next phase will be enrollment and review. Meanwhile, a related amendment proposed by State Sen. Meghan Hunt failed 15-31. AM507 would have added anti-discrimination language to the LB753 proposal.
Also on Wednesday, lawmakers held another day of hearings, one on a bill pushing for a new soccer stadium in Omaha.
LB622, dubbed the “Amend Sports Arena Facility Financing Assistance Act,” would allow a stadium to be built that is publicly owned, open-air, and includes an outdoor field for competitive sports with 5,000-7,000 permanent seats.
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