The senator representing 10 counties in southwest Nebraska said Tuesday he will seek a second term in the Legislature. 

Sen. Dan Hughes, who was elected in 2014, is the chairman of the Natural Resources Committee and serves on the Transportation and Telecommunications Committee. He also serves on the Nebraska Justice System Special Oversight Committee, which is looking at ways the Legislature can help solve crowding and employee retention challenges in the prisons. 

Hughes, 61, lives in Venango, where he farms and owns a small business.

He's a former Grant/Perkins County School Board member, and introduced LB710, a bill to extend protections from hazing to younger students.

Hughes also introduced LB182, which amended the Nebraska Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Act to allow for public water supply systems that serve 10,000 or fewer people to be eligible for low-interest loans and grants.

And he supported passage of LB960, the Transportation Innovation Act, to set aside $40 million to fund repair or replacement of structurally deficient county bridges.

Besides water issues, Hughes’ legislative priorities are reducing property taxes.

"The property tax problem is proving to be a tough nut to crack, but I believe we are making headway," he said in a news release. "Many urban homeowners are beginning to complain about them as well and that should bring more senators to the table for a solution."

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JoAnne Young covers state government, including the Legislature and state agencies, and the people they serve.

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