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New bill would give mayors more power in city council meetings

Mayors across Nebraska may have more power during city council meetings, under a proposed bill in the Nebraska legislature.

Under current law, a mayor in a city with a population between 800 and 5,000 people can only vote when the city council is evenly divided. That vote is commonly used as the tiebreaker.

This bill would authorize the mayor to vote when their vote would create the number of votes to create a majority.

"Many of these city councils have members who are also superintendents and also do many other things, so there's somebody missing a lot," says bill introducer Sen. Amanda McGill. "But there are certain things that require 3 votes in order for the city council to do; signing contracts, making purchases, things like that."

Mayors in cities with populations between 5,000 and 100,000 people already have this right to vote.

Lawmakers unanimously advanced this bill to the second round of debate.

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