LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A bill that would let Nebraska’s larger cities create port authorities along rivers, major rail lines and interstates won first round-approval from lawmakers as a way to promote economic development.
Lawmakers voted 44-0 on Wednesday to advance the measure through the first of three required votes.
The bill by Sen. Justin Wayne, of Omaha, would allow mid-sized and large cities to create port authorities that would help develop large, shovel-ready commercial and industrial sites.
The number of port authorities would be capped at five statewide. If local governments choose to create them, inland port authorities would be able to develop public infrastructure and other improvements needed to help attract businesses.