State senators returned to the legislative chamber to open this year's 60-day session on Wednesday. See photos of the event.
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State senators will convene in Lincoln on Wednesday to launch what appears destined to be a politically charged legislative session.
State senators introduced a number of criminal justice-themed and Department of Correctional Services-related bills Wednesday. They included proposals on prison overcrowding emergency requirements, medical release of inmates and reasonable rates for phone calls from county and city jails.
A stalled legislative package of income and property tax reductions is being restructured to provide more property tax relief, Sen. Jim Smith acknowledged Wednesday, and although encouraged, he sees "a very, very narrow path" ahead for its eventual enactment.
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