Neb. lawmaker wants vote on city sales-tax repeal

Apr 6, 2013

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska state senator known for his mastery of legislative rules is trying to force a vote on his proposal to repeal a city sales-tax measure.

Senator Ernie Chambers of Omaha filed a rare motion to pull his bill out of the Legislature's Revenue Committee, where the measure has stalled. He failed to bring lawmakers to a vote on Friday, but vowed to try again.

Chambers wants to repeal a state law that allows Nebraska cities to increase sales tax rates by as much as a half-cent, with voter approval.

Senator Galen Hadley, the Revenue Committee chairman, says the law was vigorously debated over the course of two years. Other lawmakers said bringing the vote to the floor would undermine the committee process.

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