- Associated Press - Thursday, April 21, 2016

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska lawmakers and Gov. Pete Ricketts are praising the progress made in this year’s legislative session.

Senators finished the short 60-day session Wednesday having passed a new property tax package that will provide $20 million in tax credits for farm and ranch land owners. They also created a new road-funding program intended to jump-start work on long-delayed highway projects.

The session was also marked by a record-high 24 filibusters, which were used to derail a Medicaid expansion proposal, a medical marijuana program and a bill that would have returned Nebraska to a winner-take-all system of awarding its electoral college votes.

The session is the last for 11 of the Legislature’s 49 senators, who are leaving office because of term limits. Senators are limited to two consecutive four-year terms.

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