Sen. Dan Hughes to seek second term

    With three years of his four-year term already under his belt, 44th District Sen. Dan Hughes made it official Monday that he will seek a second term in the Nebraska Legislature.
    Hughes went to Lincoln with a goal of creating some property tax relief for Nebraskans, especially those in the ag sector.
    Hughes said this week property tax relief continues to be one of his main objectives in Lincoln.
    “I’m supportive of any effort to reduce property taxes,” he said.
    “The property tax problem is proving to be a tough nut to crack, but I believe we are making headway,” he added.
    With more urban homeowners complaining about high property taxes, Hughes said that will bring more senators to the table, seeking a solution.
    Last summer, Hughes worked with a number of his colleagues on possible solutions to the property tax issue.
    Huge deficits in the state budget left little room for funding alternatives to create much
substantial property tax relief during this year’s 90-day session.
    While he’s keeping close tabs on the property tax issue this summer, he has been serving on the Nebraska Justice System Special Oversight Committee created by LR 127.
     The committee is looking at Nebraska’s prisons, its operations and ways to solve overcrowding and employee retention challenges. As a result, he’s visited every correctional institution in the state.
First elected in 2014
    Hughes was originally elected to the Legislature in 2014.
    He’s been a member of the Legislature’s Executive Board and his colleagues elected him chairman of the Natural Resources Committee in January.
    He also serves on the Transportation and Telecommunications Committee and the Building Maintenance and Reference Committees.
    Based on his experience as  a former school board member, Hughes got LB 710—a bill to change provisions relating to hazing—signed into law.

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