Hughes' N-Corpe bill wins strong support, advances
McCOOK, Neb. — Legislation introduced at the state level to allow Lincoln County governmental entities to keep taxes paid by the N-CORPE water augmentation project, as well as allow for future payments from the project “in lieu of taxes,” advanced with strong support earlier this week.
The bill, LB 758, has seen significant debate time this session primarily stemming from opposition brought by District 11 State Sen. Ernie Chambers. The bill’s introducer, District 44 State Sen. Dan Hughes, said he was encouraged by the 47-0 vote the bill received Tuesday to advance to Select File.
During his weekly conference call with the McCook Area Chamber of Commerce this morning, Sen. Hughes said the bill advanced after legislators disposed of all the amendments Sen. Chambers had put on it.
“It was a pretty grueling six hours of debate. But in the end my faith in the system and my faith in my colleagues was restored. It is a good bill, it’s something that is necessary to correct an issue that’s been a problem in Southwest Nebraska for a few years now,” he said.
Sen. Hughes also said he was pretty happy the bill advanced to Select File and even more encouraged by the 47-0 vote it received.
“I will have to see whether Sen. Chambers is going to filibuster on Select File, he can do that for another three hours. But I think the 47-0 vote sends a pretty strong message. Not that-that will make any difference to him, but my colleagues understand that it’s an important bill and it’s a good bill and something we need to get done,” said Sen. Hughes, adding his intent is to pass the bill with an emergency clause that would make it go into effect as soon as the governor signs it.