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Bill to extend NRD’s flood project bonding authority stalls

April 23, 2019

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A natural resources district that maintains levees in the Omaha area and other parts of eastern Nebraska will lose its ability to issue bonds for flood projects at the end of this year.

Lawmakers failed to reach a vote Tuesday on a bill that would have extended the bonding authority for the Papio Missouri Natural Resources District. Opponents filibustered the proposal, arguing that the NRD spends too much and the bonding authority wasn’t necessary to protect against floods.

The bill by Sen. Brett Lindstrom, of Omaha, would have allowed the NRD to continue issuing bonds until Dec. 31, 2024. Because it stalled, that authority will expire on Dec. 31 of this year.

The Papio Missouri NRD includes all or parts of six counties along Nebraska’s eastern border.