LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Veterans' groups told lawmakers Thursday that Nebraska's tax on military retirement pay is driving people out of the state, while some lawmakers questioned whether the losses are influenced more by warmer climates and family connections elsewhere.

The Legislature's Revenue Committee heard testimony on four bills targeting retirement pay. Two measures would exempt military retirement pay from the state income tax, one would exempt military pensions and Social Security benefits, and one would eliminate taxes on allpensions.

The bills were introduced by Sens. Jim Smith and Bill Kintner of Papillion, Charlie Janssen of Fremont, and Bob Krist of Omaha. Lawmakers have pitched scores of tax-exemption proposals this year aimed at Social Security benefits, military pensions and other forms of retirement pay.

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