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There will be no special session of the Legislature, and that's no surprise.

Sen. Merv Riepe of Ralston added his name to the request for a special session to deal with property tax relief shortly before Monday's 5 p.m. deadline, but he was the only senator who decided to join the 13 senators who April 10 originated the call for a special session.

It requires at least 33 of the 49 members of the Legislature to agree with the call for a special session to summon senators back to Lincoln.

Eleven of the 13 senators who filed the original request hailed from outside the Omaha-Lincoln urban complex, with most of them representing rural areas of the state hard-hit by the impact of property taxes on farmers and ranchers.

Sens. Justin Wayne of Omaha and John Murante of Gretna joined in signing the original request to poll all 49 members of the Legislature to ask whether there was additional support. Riepe responded to that survey undertaken by Secretary of State John Gale. 

The effort was led by Sen. Tom Brewer of Gordon following collapse of legislative efforts to enact tax reform centered on property tax relief.

Hanging over the Legislature, which has adjourned for the rest of the year, is a statewide petition drive to place a billion-dollar property tax reduction initiative on the general election ballot.

That proposal would rely on state income tax credits to fund property tax relief equal to 50 percent of local school property taxes paid. 

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Don Walton, a Husker and Yankee fan, is a longtime Journal Star political and government reporter.

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