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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A bill that would require voters to approve or reject property tax levies for Nebraska school building projects has stalled in the Legislature.

Senators voted 18-12 on Thursday to force an end to a legislative filibuster, but supporters needed 33 votes. The vote effectively kills the bill this year.

Sen. Mike Groene of North Platte says the measure would have given residents a chance to decide whether they want higher property taxes, a major complaint of many residents. It would have applied to districts looking to erect new buildings, add floor space to existing buildings or purchase land for a building project.

School groups opposed the measure, with some arguing it would take power from locally elected boards.