(Neb)-I-76/I-80 Sovereign City Idea Stalls In Unicam
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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A pitch to create a sovereign city in western Nebraska won't come to fruition anytime soon. The idea from State Senator Paul Schumacher of Columbus failed to muster enough support Wednesday to advance, stalling on a 19-19 vote although several senators praised it as clever.
The proposal would have allowed senators to designate a 36-square-mile stretch of land at the intersection of Interstates 80 and 76 near Big Springs as sovereign, not subject to Nebraska laws or regulations. Voters would first have had to approve the idea.
Schumacher, known for his out-of-the-box ideas, says he envisions a modern city or business development in an extremely rural area well-positioned between Cheyenne, Denver and Omaha.
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