- Associated Press - Thursday, January 8, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska lawmakers have introduced the first bills of this year’s session, including a voter identification measure and an attempt to repeal the state’s motorcycle helmet law.

Those proposals were among 113 that were submitted Thursday, the session’s second day. Each is guaranteed at least a committee hearing, in a Legislature where more than one-third of the members are new.

Lawmakers introduced a series of tax measures, including income tax deductions and a tax credit for owners of farm- and ranchland.

A committee will also review a bill that would change Nebraska to a winner-take-all system when awarding its electoral votes in presidential elections. Nebraska awards three votes by congressional district and two on a statewide basis.

In 2008, President Barack Obama won the electoral vote from Omaha’s second congressional district.

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