'Relocation Incentives' Bill Passes Final Vote


LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Nebraska lawmakers have passed a measure to let cities offer "relocation incentives" to attract new residents, if local voters approve.

The measure coasted through its third and final vote on Thursday, 44-0.

Sen. Kate Sullivan of Cedar Rapids proposed the bill in an effort to help small towns attract plumbers, electricians, nurses and other high-demand workers. Community officials could use local-option sales tax revenue previously approved by voters, but voters would have to weigh in again to specifically use that money for incentives.

Sullivan has said the measure was loosely inspired by a state incentive program in Kansas.

Several local chambers of commerce have spoken in support of the bill, as has the League of Nebraska Municipalities.