LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Nebraska lawmakers kicked off their 60-day 2020 session Wednesday with more than 120 new bills introduced.
The focus of the session is expected to be property taxes, but the first proposals slated for debate include the tax exemption for military retiree benefits pushed hard for the last year by Governor Pete Ricketts, and a bill allowing teachers to physically restrain violent students in classrooms.
43rd District State Senator Tom Brewer of Gordon introduced several bills on opening day including one to end the taxing of Social Security as income. Nebraska is one of only a handful of states to do so, resulting in $120-million dollars in state taxes
Brewer also introduced a constitutional amendment to do away with the state income tax in 2024. He says relying on just sales taxes would be fair to low-income people and good for business.
Wyoming and South Dakota are among the 9 states that don’t have income tax and Brewer thinks ending Nebraska’s tax would keep businesses and high-earning individuals from leaving the state and see the Nebraska economy “taking off like a rocket.”
Also introduced Wednesday was a measure sure to draw hot debate, a bill to outlaw the second-trimester abortion procedure called dilation and extraction by physicians and “dismemberment abortion” by opponents.