Lawmakers Vote To Override Governor's Veto On Gage County Sales Tax

Nebraska lawmakers have voted to override a veto by Governor Pete Ricketts that would have blocked Gage County lawmakers from raising the sales tax to pay off a legal debt in the Beatrice 6 case.

The bill will allow the county board to approve a half-cent sales tax increase without voter approval to pay the six people wrongfully convicted in a 1985 Beatrice murder.

Last week, Ricketts vetoed the bill to raise the sales tax to pay $28.1 million owed to the Beatrice 6. Lawmakers voted to override the veto 41-8.

The Beatrice Six spent years in prison for the death of 68-year-old Helen Wilson until DNA evidence exonerated them in 2008.

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