Nebraska drivers could show their support for the troops — and fund employment efforts for veterans — with a new license plate option advanced by lawmakers Monday.
State lawmakers gave first-round approval to Legislative Bill 138, introduced by State Sen. Carol Blood of Bellevue, which makes a number of changes in military-related license plates.
The measure provides for new Support Our Troops plates and directs proceeds to a new fund aimed at recruiting and keeping military veterans in the state. Personalized message plates would cost $70, of which $52.50 would go to the new fund. Plates with standard number-letter combinations would cost $5, which would all go to the fund.
Blood said the proposed plates represent a creative way to pay for veterans employment services, given the state’s tight budget situation. She said efforts to recruit and keep veterans in Nebraska would benefit both the veterans and employers in desperate need of workers.
As advanced, LB 138 also would add to the license plate options for active-duty military and veterans and make some military-related plates free.
The new options would include separate designs for Army and Air National Guard, plus designs honoring people who have been awarded medals for serving in Afghanistan, Iraq, Southwest Asia, the Global War on Terror and Vietnam.
License plate fees would be eliminated, starting in 2021, for drivers who qualify for Pearl Harbor Survivor, Ex-POW, Purple Heart, Disabled American Veteran and Gold Star Family plates.
District 1: State Sen. Julie Slama
District 2: State Sen. Robert Clements
District 3: State Sen. Carol Blood
District 4: State Sen. Robert Hilkemann
District 5: State Sen. Mike McDonnell
District 6: State Sen. Machaela Cavanaugh
District 7: State Sen. Tony Vargas
District 8: State Sen. Megan Hunt
District 9: State Sen. Sara Howard
District 10: State Sen. Wendy DeBoer
District 11: State Sen. Ernie Chambers
District 12: State Sen. Steve Lathrop
District 13: State Sen. Justin Wayne
District 14: State Sen. John Arch
District 15: State Sen. Lynne Walz
District 16: State Sen. Ben Hansen
District 17: State Sen. Joni Albrecht
District 18: State Sen. Brett Lindstrom
District 19: State Sen. Jim Scheer
District 20: State Sen. John McCollister
District 21: State Sen. Mike Hilgers
District 22: State Sen. Mike Moser
District 23: State Sen. Bruce Bostelman
District 24: State Sen. Mark Kolterman
District 25: State Sen. Suzanne Geist
District 26: State Sen. Matt Hansen
District 27: State Sen. Anna Wishart
District 28: State Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks
District 29: State Sen. Kate Bolz
District 30: State Sen. Myron Dorn
District 31: State Sen. Rick Kolowski
District 32: State Sen. Tom Brandt
District 33: State Sen. Steve Halloran
District 34: State Sen. Curt Friesen
District 35: State Sen. Dan Quick
District 36: State Sen. Matt Williams
District 37: State Sen. John Lowe
District 38: State Sen. Dave Murman
District 39: State Sen. Lou Ann Linehan
District 40: State Sen. Tim Gragert
District 41: State Sen. Tom Briese
District 42: State Sen. Mike Groene
District 43: State Sen. Tom Brewer
District 44: State Sen. Dan Hughes
District 45: State Sen. Sue Crawford
District 46: State Sen. Adam Morfeld
District 47: State Sen. Steve Erdman
District 48: State Sen. John Stinner
District 49: State Sen. Andrew La Grone