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2017 session will blend taxes, spending and political distractions

(Lincoln Journal Star) -- reports that "17 freshman senators and five who were re-elected will begin new terms Wednesday" at the Nebraska Legislature. According to the article, 32 Republicans, 15 Democrats, one independent and one Libertarian compose the officially non-partisan Legislature this year. On day one, senators will elect a speaker along with leaders of 14 standing committees and other select committees. "In addition to the lawmaking and budget issues that must be reckoned with this session, other more-political issues could serve to distract senators from the mission," the story notes.