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Meister and Stinner square off in legislative debate

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Two candidates square off in a debate to try to become the next member of the state legislature.
Scottsbluff Attorney Mike Meister and bank executive John Stinner Sr. are the lone candidates for the Nebraska Legislature's 48th District.
The two have opposing views on the state's role in Medicaid expansion, and have different approaches to deal with Nebraska's overcrowded prison system.
"I have more questions in this thing than answers," says Stinner. "Frankly, I want to know what that prison population looks like, I want to know what the repeat offenders look like, and maybe we can be long term solution orientated."
"What we need to be doing is looking at ways to lower prison population by using constructive alternatives to incarceration," adds Meister.
The two men also had different thoughts on what their priority piece of legislation would address.
"My priority bill I think.... is to increase what we invest in tourism," explains Meister. "I think that is absolutely paramount."
"(We're) 6th worst in property tax," says Stinner. "We got to come up with some solutions. We got to wipe that board clean and take a look at what is possible and what we can do at the state level."
Outgoing Senator John Harms is retiring due to term limits.
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